The book slowly opens and two small people snuggle close and peer at the opened page.
“Start, Nan,” encourages Dakotah impatiently. Her sister just blinks her big, dark eyes and waits quietly. I smile. “Rosie the hen went for a walk.” The small heads bend closer and look intently at the picture on the page.
I love picture storybooks. I think that most people do, not only kids. I love the small number of carefully chosen words, condensed language, that create a simple story that draws in the reader. I love the wonderful illustrations that add so much to the narrative and provide feelings, atmosphere and humour without a word.
‘Rosie’s Walk’ is certainly one of my favourites along with many others: Hairy Maclary, Where is the Green Sheep? Edwina the Emu, Harriet You'll Drive Me Wild and many others.
It’s helpful that some of these wonderful picture storybooks, like ‘You’re in the Wrong Book’ are now available at iTunes as storybook apps.
But what about Bible and faith-based picture storybooks? Well.. you'll be pleased to know that there is a growing range- take the books by Dennis Jones for an impressive start.
I really love the Bible picture storybooks by Dennis Jones. The ‘See With Me Bible’(prequel to the ‘Read With Me Bible’ series) is lovely. The Bible stories are told entirely with pictures. The expressions on the faces of the characters are a more graphic portrayal of their feelings than any words. Children love them. So do I.
I've spent many hours with my grandchildren looking at the pictures and telling the stories. As they've grown older, they tell me the stories.
I particularly love the story of the Lost Sheep. His character, emotions and personality shine through the each page.
For my older grandchildren, I've now downloaded the Bible picture storybook apps by Dennis Jones. The first, Trouble! On the Road retells the story of the Good Samaritan, with some delightful animations. Joop is travelling to the annual Jericho Arts and Crafts Fair to sell his handmade birdhouses.
There are two versions to choose once you open the app: Read to Me or Read it to Myself. There are colouring pages, too, to involve the kids after the story has been read.
Read it.. I'm sure you'll enjoy every page.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.