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Good Night Tales Review by Amanda Hopkins

A Family Treasury of Read-Aloud Stories
C.S. Fritz

Our family loves to sit down at bedtime and read. We love good stories and if we can find them based on Bible stories, it is even better! Good Night Tales: A Family Treasury of Read-Aloud Stories gives us just what we love for bedtime stories.

There are 12 stories in this book and each one is based on a Bible story, like A Sheep’s Journey, which is based on Psalm 32. During this story, we follow a little lamb and his family as they travel. They are headed to the Deadly Valley, and the little lamb is scared. His father tells him that their Shepherd gives them all they need and will lead them through.

There are even stories that are just pictures like The Toy, based on Luke 15:3-7. We follow the story through pictures and see how the toymaker realizes that he has one missing toy. We see the fear that he goes through and the joy when the toy is found.

Each of these stories is illustrated with beautiful pictures. Sometimes the pictures can be scary, but the words brought comfort. This was key for my kids. Finding comfort even when they are scared.

After we finished reading the stories, we were able to go to the back of the book where we find some great discussion starters. The first thing we do is read the Bible story. Following that there are three to four simple, yet thoughtful questions that go with the story.

These were great bedtime stories. They left the kids with happy thoughts and the discussion questions left them thinking about how God and Jesus are active in our everyday and night. The kids loved listening to the stories and looking at the pictures. I think they enjoyed the picture stories more, as they were able to easily tell me the story, in their own words.

If you are looking for some great bedtime stories for your kids, ones that are faith based and give you discussion questions to help your child dig further, this collection is for you. All of my kids, from two up to 17 enjoyed listening to these stories.

—Product review by Amanda Hopkins, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, January, 2018