This cute little board book by Kathleen Long Bostrom introduces us to a little boy named Ryan and his stuffed friend, a little monkey named Rufus. We watch as Rufus and Ryan attend church together learning a bit about the "do's" and the "don'ts" of sitting in a worship service. They learn to be quiet and reverent. They learn to close their eyes during the prayer and to say "amen." Afterward they have a snack with the other children and head for home. The illustrations by Rebecca Thronburgh are colorful and adorable. The characters are also very real in their "wiggles and giggles" while sitting in the pew.
While this book is a board book and recommended for (about) ages 2 to 5, this book is perfect for any family who will be taking their children to church with them for the first time. In the past I attended churches that didn't have children in the sanctuary or chapel at all. Our church is not like that, we actually keep our kids with us through the entire chapel meeting. This could be a difficult transition for families who are accustomed to dismissing their children to "children's church" while the adults worship together.
My daughter Maggie thought this book was fun but she was quick to point out that it was not allowed to have a big toy like Rufus in church. (Which is not true...it's one of our family rules, it makes us a little less than reverent). It made it a great opportunity to explain to her that some children, especially when coming to church for the very first time, might feel more comfortable or safe with a special friend from home. This made perfect sense to her!
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