Disclaimer – I received a free copy of this book from 10ofthose.com to review, but all opinions are my own.
I love love love that there are so many great resources out there to equip up to use every opportunity to connect those around us with the gospel. With Easter coming, I am sure you are all thinking about how to use this time of the year to share the message of the cross. In kids work, toddlers groups, your local school, there are loads of kids that we can connect with, and I want to tell you about a new book which I think will help you in this.
“Are we nearly there yet?” is a short booklet style book, but with a strong card cover so its doesn’t just feel like a throw away pamphlet as some books like this can. The front cover design is modern and eye catching, and because the title isn’t really “in your face” Christian, I think it would work really well as a giveaway in non-Christian environments, such as schools.
The story itself follows a narrative of a family in a car, and the familiar question of “Are we nearly there yet?”. Whilst they are waiting to get to Granny’s for Easter, their parents tell them the Easter story, and all the way through they see the disciples asking similar the question of “Are we nearly there yet? When will you be king?”. The pages go through the familiar Easter sequences – palm Sunday, Garden of Gethsemane, the crucifixion and the stone rolled away at the tomb, but not just in a plain story telling way which the kids will be all too familiar with.
The illustrations and use of speech bubbles throughout the book is very good and engaging for kids. I would probably say that this book would be useable for 2 years up to mid primary age (maybe 8) as it could be read to children, or they can read by themselves.
At the end of the book, there are included some ideas for taking it further, discussion with the children and playing through the story too. These would be useful for parents, toddler group leaders or teachers if they wanted to include it in their pre-Easter activities.
All in all, this a very well thought out book, and one that will work well as a giveaway instead of chocolate this Easter (who needs more chocolate!!). 10ofthose.com sells the books individually for £3.50 if you want to grab one for your family, or if you are planning to give them away then you can take advantage of their offer of a box of 50 for £50 (RRP £175!!!!).
Why not invest £50 into your world this Easter and use some of these ideas:
- Buy a box to give to your kids class teacher to give out to the whole class
- Buy a box and go round your neighbourhood and give to kids at their doorsteps
- Bless your church’s kids ministry by buying a box so they can give them out free to anyone who comes into church over the Easter period.
- Take a box down to your local library and ask if they will give them away to any children who come in over lent/Easter