I have received 2 sets of books to review from Bring it on Communications. The first set of books I read was from the Adventures of Pookster and Bubs. They are Pookster and the Unloose Tooth and Pookster and the Practically Perfect Pickle. They are both written by Rhonda Funk, are published by Fish Pond - a division of Carmichael Publishing Sisters, and were printed in 2010. If you would like to get these books for yourself after reading my review, here are the ISBN#'s: 1-935265-40-7, 1-935265-41-5. You can buy them from Amazon.com for about $10.
The Adventures of Pookster and Bubs includes a CD and is a children's series that teaches kids different aspects of the fruits of the spirit. They are about a brother, Bubs, and his sister, Pookster, and different situations they encounter in life and they learn how to deal with them God's way. Each book ends with a Scripture.
Pookster and the Unloose Tooth is about how Pookster really wants to be able to sing "All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth," and really mean it. She tries different ways of making her teeth come out and finally succeeds. She finds out that because her teeth weren't ready to come out, it takes a very long time for them to grow back in, and she's not happy about that. So, the fruit of the spirit that she learns is patience.
Pookster and the Practically Perfect Pickle is about how much Pookster loves to eat pickles and doesn't want anyone bothering her while she's eating the perfect pickle. When she thinks her brother is bothering her, she says some pretty mean things to him, and gets her pickle taken away from her, by her mom. Pookster apologizes to her brother and finds out he didn't want to take her pickle, he just wanted to play with her. So, the fruit of the spirit she learns is about kind words.
My 4 year old son and I listened to these books together. The first time we read them, I wondered why it didn't have page turn signals. When I took the cd out, I looked at it closer, and saw that the turn signals are on the second track. The turn signals are not the usual beep, it's a different sound, and unless you're actually reading the words to the book, you wouldn't realize it's time to turn the page, because there are also other background sounds going on that correspond to the story.
Overall, my son and I did like these books. I really like the positive message of the stories and the Scripture at the end. My son thought the sound effects and some parts of the story were funny - they made him laugh. I don't think he really "got" the message about the fruit of the spirit, but an older child - maybe 6 or older, probably would. I would definitely read more books in this series with my 4 year old, and I would definitely read them again with him when he's older, so he can really "get" the message.
You should check these books out for yourself, and get them for your child: Here's the link to the Pookster and Bubs store.
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