Thursday, November 12, 2009

What My Children Are Reading / stART - Coat of Many Colors

The kids both caught colds and my daughter missed the last few Sunday School classes so I decided it was time for a Bible story this week. I can vaguely remember the cover of one of my favorite Bible stories growing up, the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. I'm pretty sure the illustration on the cover depicted a shepherd Joseph wearing a brilliant, colorful coat and holding a staff. I haven't been able to locate find the book and my mom does not remember the title, so we read a few others this week instead.

With Thanksgiving and winter fast approaching, I also thought it was a good time to talk to my daughter about those less fortunate. While reading the books, I mentioned to my daughter that not all children have warm coats to wear because they cannot afford them. We talked about generosity, having compassion for others and being thankful for what we do have.

"Joseph's Coat" is one the short Bible stories included in 100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs by Stephen Elkins. I read my children the brief story and we listened to the accompanying song, "Joseph's Coat of Many Colors." 100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs is perfect for sharing brief Bible lessons with your children and includes both Old and New Testament stories. Two CDs with 50 songs each are included inside the book and enhance the reading experience. The songs feature young children singing accompanied by synthesized music. (Although the book does not include the lyrics to the songs, they can be found on the related website, My Wonder Kids).

Each page spread typically features one story with simplified text on the left hand page and an illustration on the right. The illustrations by Tim O'Connor are bright, cute and appropriate for young children. I especially like that each story lists the Bible verse(s) that each story is based on. However, I wish that the corresponding Bible Song track numbers were listed in the book so that I could easy find the accompanying song for each story without taking the CD out of the player. My preschool daughter enjoys paging through the book and looking at the illustrations. Her favorite part tells the story of Baby Moses. This is not a book to be read cover to cover in one sitting, but one that is appropriate to use as a resource in supplementing home religious studies. I would also recommend it to Sunday School teachers.

100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs by Stephen Elkins, illustrated by Tim O'Connor. Thomas Nelson (March 2005); 208 pages; ISBN 9781591452393
Book Source: I'm a Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger; Review copy provided for free by publisher (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

"As she sewed she told a story from the Bible she had read, about a coat of many colors Joseph wore, and then she said, 'Perhaps this coat will bring you good luck and happiness.'" - Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton, illustrated by Judith Sutton

One of Dolly Pardon's most famous songs is "Coat of Many Colors." Judith Sutton's illustrations pair together with the lyrics to this wonderful song in a children's book by the same name, Coat of Many Colors. The book shows a little girl living in a rural area. Fall approaches and she doesn't have a coat. Her mother takes a box of rags and sews together a patchwork coat. The little girl proudly wears her coat to school and, even though her friends make fun of her, she cherishes her coat, remarking that, "One is only poor if they choose to be." This heart-warming story about poverty teaches each of us to count our blessings no matter our situation in life. It's a beautiful story to share with children, especially in the fall season.

Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton, illustrated by Judith Sutton. HarperCollins (1994); 32 pages; ISBN 9780060234133
Book Source: Copy from our local public library (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

For our stART project, we made our own coats of many colors by decorating freezer paper with markers and cutting out armholes with a scissors. Unfortunately the little guy refused to wear his, but my daughter proudly posed with her gorgeous coat.

Post what you've been reading each week with your kids at The Well-Read Child or Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns. A Mommy's Adventures hosts the "stART" meme (Story + Art) each week. Hope Is the Word hosts a Read Aloud Thursday link-up as well.


Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

We have that Bible story book!!

I haven't read that Dolly Parton book in a long time. I'll have to get it for my girls.

Love your art project!

Thanks for linking up to Read Aloud Thursday!

Janet said...

We have several Bible storybooks, but I haven't heard of this one. Nice that it has the song cd to go with it.

I'm familiar with the Dolly Parton book, but I haven't read it. We'll have to look for that one.

I love your art project too!

The Correspondent said...

Hi Janelle,

I linked here from Amy's Read-Aloud Thursday. I enjoyed perusing your Book Reviews and found a few titles I'm not familiar with and want to locate.

Lisa the Correspondent

Jean Stockdale said...

Love the art project to tie in with the Bible story!! What a great momma you are. Blessings as you train up your little flock in the way they should go!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my tippy-toe photo of my baby grand. Blessings.

Debbie said...

I was just thinking about that Bible story today and what we could do. Great idea, we will have to try something like this, when we do I will make sure and link back to you. The coat looks so cute!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I'm always looking for ideas, that can be put together quickly on those Sunday mornings when sickness forces us to miss Sunday school. Thanks for sharing this one.

Madonna said...

The coat turned out so cute and I love that you used freezer bags to create it.

Unknown said...

What a great idea! I love the craft addition to the Bible story lesson!

Just a note from us (Tommy Nelson - the publisher of 100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs): the other books in this series by Stephen Elkins DO have the songs listed on the pages to help you find the right one :) Great point!

This week we are featuring these books on twitter: @TommyNelson and in a contest @

Thanks and God Bless!

auntrene said...

We love the Dolly Parton book, Coat of many colors. It was one of my favorite songs growing up and now I enjoy reading the book with the Daycare kiddos..
I will be looking for the bible story book.

Michelle said...

Oh Dolly's book. I had forgotten about it. I had bought that book for my 18 year old when it first came out. I really enjoyed it. Whatever became of that book?

Michelle said...

What a great coat...Emily would love this. Thanks for linking up :0)