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
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"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.