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Children's reading: books to pray, learn with all summer long


This is the cover of "Big Tractor" by Nathan Clement. The book is reviewed by Regina Lordan. (CNS)

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The following books are suitable for summer reading:

"The Ten Commandments" by Sophie Piper. Paraclete Press (Brewster, Massachusetts, 2015). 48 pp., $14.95

This interactive and creative book cube will entertain and inform toddlers and older children. Little readers will learn the Ten Commandments by manipulating the sturdy folds and looking at the bright illustrations. Older children will be engaged by the hands-on experience and can even use the open-and-find folds of the cube as a way to quiz and remember God's law handed down to Moses. Part toy, part biblical learning tool, this one is sure to be a favorite for busy hands. Ages 3-7.

"The Yes" by Sarah Bee, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2015). 32 pp., $16.

In this quirky story accompanied with equally interesting illustrations, a big Yes seeks out a Where to go. But Nos keep getting in the way, building obstacles and threatening the Yes with distractions. Yet with each step along the way, the Yes overcomes the loud and obstructive No's and reaches his Where. Shy and overly cautious children will benefit from this unique book's message of believing in yourself and ignoring the naysayers and inner "no." Ages 4-8.

"The Wall People: In Search of a Home" by Joseph J. Di Certo, illustrated by Alan McCuller. Mountain Press Publishing Company. (Missoula, Montana, 2015). 141 pp., $14.

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