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Wise Owl’s Library Books: Matthew Mouse, Rachel Rabbit, Emma Elephant

Matthew Mouse, Rachel Rabbit, and Emma Elephant are in a three-book series that shows the timeless wisdom from the Book of Proverbs in a way that children can relate to. Author and illustrator Zoe Carter lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her website, Zoe Craft Book, is a resource of crafts and instructional aids for teaching the Bible to young children.

I read all three of these books aloud with my three younger children who are ages three, seven, and nine. These are best-suited for children from three to six, although my older ones did enjoy the simple stories and the big, fun illustrations on each page.

We first read Emma Elephant, a story about the value of telling the truth. This story shows how important it is to tell the truth and how easy it is for lies to grow out of control.

In Matthew Mouse, we learn the value of carefully choosing our friends. When Matthew Mouse makes a new friend, Cat Burglar, our children see how the friends we spend time with change us. We can always be kind, but we must be wise in whom we choose as our friend.

Rachel Rabbit was a favorite of ours, especially for my daughter Rachel. This book was a great reminder that sometimes it is better to not get everything we want all the time. The book teaches contentment and gratitude.

While we used these as read-alouds, they were also enjoyable books for my beginning and struggling readers with simple, easy-to-read words and print. The illustrations really bring the stories to life! A wonderful way to introduce the Bible and valuable character traits, these books are a reminder too that God loves us and desires good things for us.

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"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).

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