Thursday, October 3, 2013

Book Review and a Giveaway: "Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!"

I recently received a copy of the children's book "Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!" and I am happy to share a review with you today as one of my gift picks for the upcoming holiday season.

It is one of the first in a series of inspirational books written for preschool age children by Kathleen Long Bostrom and I thoroughly enjoyed the lessons this story teaches about how to act in church and what to expect to see during a church service through a child's eyes. I also enjoyed the heartwarming illustrations by Rebecca Thornburgh.

The story is told through the delightful "conversation" between 4-year-old Ryan and his toy stuffed monkey Rufus. As Ryan is teaching Rufus all about what goes on in a church service, such as when it's time to sing, when it's time to be quiet and when it's time to pray, the young reader learns these same lessons in such a sweet and fun way. 

I was taken with the fun illustration of the book's cover, that is so perfectly paired with the author's easy-to-understand format of telling the story. This book is a wonderful way for loved ones to introduce young children to understanding what happens during a church service. 

The book is available for purchase for $7.99 through the Ideal Books website here

One of you will win a hardcover copy of this book to share with a special young person in your life. To enter, leave a comment below and let me know the who you would like to share this book with if you are the winner. Winner must reside in the US or Canada. Entries close on Saturday, October 5 at 6:00 pm EST. Good luck!

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  1. I would give this to my nephew.
    -Craig Alan

  2. Congratulations Craig Alan! Please e-mail me your mailing address to