Sunday, January 24, 2010

A is for Adam by Ken & Mally Ham

 The Three-in-One Multipurpose Family Book
  •  Entertaining ABC Rhyme Book
  •  Sunday, School, Christian School, Home School, Home Devotional Teaching Book
  •  Coloring Book

The Gospel From Genesis
Many adults today cannot adequately defend their Christian faith because the do not understand the book of Genesis—yet all major Christians doctrines, including salvation, have their foundation in this book of beginnings.
Turn to the front of the book and look through the pictures. Each picture is worth a thousand words! When you go through these strikingly colorful and oftentimes humorous illustrations, the Gospel message will be spelled out.
As you read the rhymes, the theology that we all need to know and understand will come alive. And as you read the parent and teacher notes, you will think you are reading a commentary on the book of Genesis that presents the Gospel in a unique way.
You will be excited to go through this book with children of all ages in your home, church, school, or other groups. It will help them to understand and defend the Gospel against the increasing tide of evolutionary humanism that is taking over Western society.

Ken Ham is the founder of Answers in Genesis-U.S., the president of the Creation Museum, and a popular Christian speaker. He is the author or co-author of many books, and is heard daily on the radio program, “Answers...with Ken Ham,” on more than 300 stations worldwide.

As a lover of children's book (especially those set to rhyme), a former Sunday School teacher, and a homeschooling mom, I have to say that I LOVE THIS BOOK!  I've picked A is for Adam up at several homeschool conventions in the past, and now I regret that I didn't buy this one sooner. This book can be used in so many different ways that it's versatility raises the value.

The first section of the book is the main story.  I love how each page (for each letter of the alphabet) contains a short (4-line) poem on the left-hand side of the 2-page spread, while the right-hand side contains a large, colorful, fun illustration. It's simplicity makes it easy enough for my 3-year old to enjoy; while my 9-year old can still learn so much from this book as well!  (Even adults will benefit from this one!)

The third section contains black & white copies of the illustrations, with the 4-line corresponding poems at the top of each page.  Permission is given to reproduce these pages for home or church use. Some children learn best by doing, so they will enjoy coloring the illustrations while the parent reads.  My perfectionist daughter would love to color these illustrations just like the originals, while I can see other children taking liberties to make them their own creations.

As a homeschool mom, though, my favorite part of this book is the second section. The book says that this section is "almost like reading a commentary on the book of Genesis" and that is so true. For each poem/letter of the alphabet, you'll find information and corresponding scripture verses to help you better understand the concept you are teaching.  You can read these to yourselves, read them aloud to your children, or have older kids read these to themselves.  Then, following each information section is a Student Exercise. I love the ideas here!  Not only are they fun, but they encourage your kids to dig deeper into the Scriptures and learn more about what they are learning.

I would highly recommend A is for Adam (which can also be purchased at I'm planning to use it each day with my 9-year-old.

NOTE: This book was provided to me by New Leaf Publishing in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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