Friday, February 14, 2014

BLOG TOUR: A is for Abinadi: An alphabet of Scripture Heroes by Heidi Poelman


ABOUT THE BOOK

A is for apple but also for Abinadi! Teach your children about some of the greatest heroes in the scriptures with this beautifully illustrated alphabet book. They will love searching for items that represent each letter while they get to know heroes like Captain Moroni and Esther. Along with learning their ABCs, your children will learn to recognize and love these great Book of Mormon and Bible examples.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Heidi Poelman has always loved learning about inspiring people.  In A is for Abinadi, she found a way to write about many of her favorites.  Heidi received her degrees in communication from Brigham Young University (BA) and Wake Forest University (MA). She lives in Utah with her husband and three children.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Jason Pruett has always loved making people smile.  Jason has degrees in art from Brigham Young University (BFA) and the Academy of Art University (MFA).  He lives in Los Angels with his wife where he creates drawings and make people smile.

REVIEW

I found A is for Abinadi to be a nice introduction to some of the people and events from the Book of Mormon (scripture for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and the Bible.  Each entry is well-written and perfect for the age group at whom it is aimed. People such as Abinadi, Gideon, Father Abraham, Hannah, Mary, Nephi, and Captain Moroni all make an appearance. 

The illustrations are cute and very child friendly.  That being said, I did have one concern about the pictures. That concern is that some of the pictures seem to be a little too light-hearted for the content.  For example, the Abinadi entry shows King Noah making a crazy gesture at Abinadi, in reality, he was furiously angry at Abinadi and ended up having him killed. I also found all the little items hidden in the illustrations a bit distracting from the seriousness of the text.  However, I have no doubt that children will enjoy searching out the hidden pictures that go with each letter.

Overall, a cute introduction to people and events from the scriptures. 

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