The Ten Commandments for children book was written by Ronald L. Cammenga and illustrated by Ana Sebastian. The Reformed Free Publishing Association published the book. This hardcover children’s book teaches children ages six to nine about the ten commandments. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to review this book and share my honest opinions.
About the Book
At first glance, I loved the beautiful and colorful illustrations. The headings for each part of a section were in a different color, making the book engaging for young readers. The pages are also thick and sturdy, which is essential when little hands are helping turn pages and look at pictures.
Often children’s Bible books take a significantly simplified and surface-level approach to scriptures in an effort to make sure children can understand the text. However, while this book does break things down into understandable terms, it goes very deep into the commandments and explains them in a way that brings children to a deeper understanding.
There are several overview chapters, and then each commandment is broken down into two or three two-page sections. Each section includes Bible reading, scripture memory, songs to sing, a good explanation of the commandment, and discussion questions. There are a total of twenty-eight sections.
The songs are from the 1912 United Presbyterian Psalter. They are simply recommendations for songs with no lyrics listed, but there is a QR code to download an app for the lyrics. Unfortunately for me, the app did not work on my device. However, the songs and music are readily available online.
This book has a lot of instructional value and could be used as a family devotional or as independent reading for an elementary student.
I know that I have a wide variety of denominations represented in my readership, and this book would be beneficial across denominations for the most part. The one point of contention I saw that might be an issue for some of my readers is the view that Sunday is the Sabbath, which I know is a belief that some of my readers hold, while others celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday. This would not prohibit anyone from using the book, but you would want to have that discussion with your children.
How We Used the Book
As a family, we read and discuss a chapter of scripture each day. We are currently working our way through Exodus, so it worked out beautifully to have this book to help my younger boys better understand the ten commandments after we read about them during our family Bible time.
My five-year-old recognized the golden calf illustration with the section on idolatry and was excited to be learning more about something he remembered from our Bible time.
Overall, I thought this was a well-written book that is an excellent tool for helping younger children come to a deeper understanding of the Ten Commandments. It is colorful and engaging while still being Biblically sound and instructional. I encourage you to check out the Ten Commandments for children to see if it would fit your family well.
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