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Trees of the Book is a 26 page
children's activity book, #1 in the Science & Faith Matters Series. It
explores the trees discussed in the Bible in a way that is both fun and
informative for children of the grade 2 - 3 level, or ages 7-9. With a colorful
interior and 8.5" x 11" format for comfortable handling for children,
it offers challenging activities, fun facts, opportunities for Bible study and
presentation of stories connected to the trees.
Kimberley Payne shares information and activities from
biblical accounts, from the oaks of Genesis to cedars and palms, and the
mustard tree, to the less common fig, sycamore, and brooms.
Told in a fanciful first-person style as though the tree is
telling its own story, Payne gives both the biblical passage where mention of
the tree is made, and questions related to it. For example, the first story
about the oak involves using the tree as a landmark. At the camp Abram set up
near these mighty oaks, God made a special promise. Payne asks her readers to
think about promises.
Following these passages and questions, Payne gives the
scientific description of the species, including growth pattern, names, and
Each chapter also has an activity, such as word search,
fill-in-the-blank paragraph, match the facts, or a crossword.
Haug’s illustrations are charming and add depth and beauty
to each chapter.
It’s hard to mix science and faith for many. In this book,
readers don’t have to even enter a debate. God’s creation is wonderful and
varied and awesome. Payne ends with a great glossary, answers and a fun list of
Highly recommended for fun and learning, Sunday School, family