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Hymns for a Kid's Heart, Vol. 1 Hardcover – August 6, 2003

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (August 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581345054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581345056
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Reed on October 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a supberb means to teach my grandson about God's Word through hymns. The selection of hymns is very good. As a musician, I am highly pleased with the quality of the singing and of the arrangements. I hope to share this with many of my friends and family this Christmas. I highly recommend it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jo Robbins on May 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The CD is excellent quality for all ages with timeless tunes of inspirational songs we can recall forever. The stories contained in the book are delightful to share with the younger generation as well as read at bedtime for any age. The music is uplifting and will stay within your heart all day. Simply marvelous. So many uses. A must for young and young at heart. God bless the authors and musicians who have brought this to our ears and eyes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Me on October 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We're using this book with our curriculum, and my daughter just loves it! The only problem is the 4th track is listed as, "The Old Rugged Cross" but is actually "Oh for a Thousand Tongues". "The Old Rugged Cross" isn't on this cd at all! I haven't listened to the rest to see if there are anymore errors. I also cannot get in touch with anyone's email address to try to get a new copy. If other songs are messed up, I won't be able to use this book very effectively.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By An Attorney on July 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My wife and I were eager to teach our children hymns, and this collection seemed like the perfect start. The CD is a pretty good recording of the hymns in the book. The book has a good selection, and the stories that go with it are a helpful context. So that's all the good news. The rest is the bad news.

I'll start with the pickier points. I wasn't really a huge fan of the one-page "reflections" on each story, or the pithy prayers beneath each hymn. There's some dated clip art that accompanies the book (like musical notes in the shape of hearts dotting the pages). Some of the stories are not really very accurate, at all. The Martin Luther story, for instance, is heavily anti-Catholic (which isn't a big problem for me personally), and highly mythologizes the context in which Luther sung and wrote. The fonts for the hymns include some awkward styling for the punctuation marks--that's picky, but that's a personal pet peeve of mine.

Two big issues. First, the hymnal doesn't have harmony, only melody. There are treble and base lines, but they're not four-part harmony, just accompaniment. That's a real problem for me. One of the great things about hymns isn't just the lyrics, but the rich four-part harmony, where all kinds of voices, low and high, male and female, can unite in their best range for the glory of God. You won't find that here.

Second, the inclusion of America the Beautiful was troublesome. I'm not theologically comfortable with a call for God to "shed his grace" on a territory; I don't know that we're supposed to ask for God to "mend . . . every flaw" of our government; a call for "all success" and "every gain divine" comes a little too close to a prosperity gospel; and so on.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Farquhar on March 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We love this book/CD!!! I agree with the other reviewer who was disappointed in the inclusion of "America the Beautiful" because it's not in the same camp as the others chosen. But I couldn't have chosen any better options than the other 11 hymns: "Holy, Holy, Holy," "A Mighty Fortress," "This is my Father's World," "O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing," "How Firm a Foundation," "Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart," "Take My Life and Let it Be," etc....

I like the book's organization, the short devotionals and and background stories have been on our kids' levels, and the CD is nice. Our children (two 4-year olds and a 5-year-old) LOVE it and request it every morning. My 5-year-old can now sing all 4 verses of "Holy, Holy, Holy" and the first 1 1/2 verses of "My Father's World."

If you are interested in teaching your children to sing hymns, this is a great resource to have at home. We spend about a month on each hymn.
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Format: Hardcover
I just discovered this gem in a church library that I frequent for homeschooling books. This copy doesn't have the CD, but the book is great, especially for my 4.5 and 2.5 year olds who have both wanted to play the organ and piano since before they were one. My 4.5 year old loves to memorize hymns. Having the little stories of the hymn writers as children is great, so he may actually get the idea he could write his own hymns someday when he hears the stories. I wish they'd republish it with the corrected CD (as some say there are mistakes).

Table of Contents:
HYMNS ABOUT GOD
Holy, Holy, Holy! 14
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God 20
This is My Father's World 26

HYMNS of TRUTH from the BIBLE
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing 34
How Firm a Foundation 40
Amazing Grace! 46

HYMNS about CHRISTIAN LIVING
The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want 54
Rejoice, Ye Pure Heart 60
Take My Life, and Let It Be 66

HYMNS of PRAYER for OUR COUNTRY
America, the Beautiful 74
Our God, Our Help in Ages Past 80
Eternal Father, Strong to Save 86
Do You Know What It Means? 92

I'm Lutheran. I haven't been able to look into the theology of some of the unfamiliar tunes, but many are in the Lutheran Service Book. May be some teaching moments, but I thin overall it's worth the buy if you can get a decent used copy.

PLEASE tell the PUBLISHER to correct and re-issue this gem!
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