By Melanie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
My children seemed a little old for the target audience for this book (12 and 9), but I thought I'd try it out on them, anyway. Each page has a different letter of the alphabet and I thought it was fun to see who would pop up on the next page! There are men and women and they come from the Bible and the Book of Mormon.
I actually thought it was a fun way to see how many of the stories my children were familiar with and which ones we need to review. They did pretty well but there were a few they weren't sure about, like O is for Omner, T is for Teancum and U is for Uriah the Hittite.
I enjoyed reading it, too. I like the short paragraph about each person or group of people and like that she uses simple language yet it's not babyish at all. There's enough story given to peak a child's interest in learning more detail about any given person (or all of them).
I also loved the illustrations! They're fun and some of them made me laugh. Like Gideon creating a plan to help the Nephites escape. He's drawn a diagram on a chalkboard and is explaining it to the people gathered around. There are also other "g" pictures to find, like a gorilla, giraffe, grapes, guitar, etc., which is lots of fun for younger children.
As I'm reflecting on this and realizing how much I enjoyed this book, I'm not sure that there is a specific target audience. This is a book that I think adults and children (and hopefully teens) will enjoy! And it's one we will definitely read again.
By Heidi, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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.
By Kerry, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love this book! I just wish it was available when I was raising my children. My plan is to give this book to each of my grandchildren and give it as a children/baby gift at every opportunity I'm given. It's not very often you can just know a book will be appreciated by just about everyone. It's intelligently and cleverly written in a way children can understand. It's also fun for children and adults to find all the objects that start with each letter of the alphabet. It's a book where you feel like you've learned something new or have been reminded of something that's important to remember. I appreciate how it doesn't talk down to children; it assumes children can understand the stories or principles presented. The illustrations are fun, colorful, entertaining, and thoughtful. I would highly recommend this book to all the people I know and I look forward to seeing more books from this author in the future!
By Lindsay, Submitted on 2015-02-25
My little girl LOVES this book. She loves looking for and sounding out objects that start with the respective letter on each page. A fun, interactive book for parents and kids to read together. The writing is great, the illustration is very clever.
I want to buy this book as a gift for all my friends that have kids.
By Scott, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Great stories. Great pictures. This book is a wonderful way to learn about the alphabet and scripture heroes. The stories are short and simple, and my kids and I love looking for the hidden pictures on each page. Well done!
By susie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
What a fun alphabet book! It is a great way to learn about 26 scripture heroes from both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I also love the fun hidden items on each page that correspond to each letter. Each little story of each hero is simple and fun. The illustrations are great, too. Your kids and grandkids will love this book. I am so looking forward to more books from this talented author.