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Rufus and Ryan Go to Church! Board book – September 1, 2013

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Product Details

  • Series: Rufus and Ryan
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: CandyCane Press, an imprint of Ideals Publications; Brdbk edition (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824919033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824919030
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathleen Long Bostrom is an accomplished author who has written over forty books, most of them picture books for young readers. Her Little Blessings series, which includes What is God Like? and What About Heaven? as well as numerous other titles, are published in 18 languages around the world.

In 2013, Kathy received the Distinguished Alumna Award from her alma mater, Princeton Theological Seminary, in large part for her contribution to children's literature. In 2014, she received the David Steele Distinguished Writer Award for her full body of work.

Kathy is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) although she is currently a full-time author. She lives in Carlsbad, Ca, with her husband and little dog, Ellie. Her three children are all in the film business in Los Angeles.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stacie D. Wyatt on October 1, 2013
Format: Board book
I read Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!, in exchange for honest review from Flyby Blog Promotions. The book was written by Kathleen Long Bostrom and illustrated by Rebecca Thornburgh. The book was published by Candy Cane Press/Ideals Books. I received a board book in the mail for review.

Why I chose the book: I wanted to review this book because I just started going back to church in 2012. I had not been previously since 2010 except once or twice. In two years, I had given birth to my two year old, in addition to having my oldest move from Georgia to Texas to live with me. I had to start going back to church, if not for me, for my children. I had to find the right church for my kids. I had three requirements: a nursery for my baby (who was almost 1 at the time); a special needs program for my oldest; and transportation to get to and from church. I don't want my kids with me in the sanctuary. They need to learn with people their own age and disability. Not to mention, they don't act right. Kalen likes to knock pens out my hand. Brad can't sit still. He also tries to run around. I have had issues with a church before that did not have a SPED program, and did not like Brad making a bunch of noise in church. When I had Brad for the weekend, I had to decide between staying at home or taking Brad to church and risk being asked to leave. I didn't even think about the pastor, but luckily, I found a great church with an excellent Pastor and assistant pastor. I googled churches but all the ones, who had special needs programs was too far away. I needed a church within reasonable distance: 30 minutes or less. I passed by my current church all the time, to go to Wal-Mart and a few other places. I have no idea what caused me to email the church, but I did. They met all my requirements and then some.
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As I have stated in previous posts I love, love to get children's books to review. My children love to be read to and we are always looking for new books. Recently I was asked by the people over at Candy Cane Press to take a look at two of their new religious themed children's books. The books Rufus and Ryan go to Church and Rufus and Ryan say their prayers were two super cute books to bring up the topic of religion to children. Master D is now in CCD and loves to go to church, but sometimes the concepts of church and prayer are hard to cover with kids so young. Even harder is Miss J, who now also likes to go to church with us on Sundays. What I liked about these books and why they are super fun is it is a typical little boy with his stuffed monkey Rufus. In both books Ryan and Rufus navigate both how to say their prayers and what to do in church. Not only do the two learn what and how to behave and church it shares what to love about a mass. I also need to point out that it is fairly generic and as a Catholic there are only a few slight differences in terminology then what we use to describe certain things. I also liked how the prayer book gives great examples and shows the child that there is no wrong way to pray. The book portrays pray in a way I like for a child….as a simple conversation with God. For anyone who is trying to introduce either prayer or going to church with a wee one these books would be a great addition. Also, as we head into the holiday season we are firm believers in our house that other than Santa's presents and a few gifts from us we do books for the holidays These would be a nice gift for under the Christmas tree. Fun for the kids but with a deeper meaning to help celebrate the holiday season.
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By Mason Canyon on October 2, 2013
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Author Kathleen Long Bostrom has created a charming way to explain the events of a church service to youngsters. Youngsters will have fun while learning.

In the recent release of her children's book, RUFUS AND RYAN GO TO CHURCH, Bostrom explains the church activities by way of her young protagonist, Ryan, and his lovable stuffed monkey, Rufus. Ryan explains each event - singing, praying, Bible study, and the need to be quiet - to his beloved companion.

Bostrom takes the reader through the regular church service for grown ups in an easy-going manner. Youngsters won't have any problems keeping up and understanding what is happening.

To enhance the story, illustrator Rebecca Thornburgh does an excellent job depicting the activities. Her beautiful and vivid illustrations will capture the reader's attention and help stress the story's meaning.

The book itself is a sturdy, little board book just the right size for a youngster to hold. The pages are thick and durable, designed to withstand endless hours of reading.

RUFUS AND RYAN GO TO CHURCH is one of the first titles in Bostrom's new series of inspirational books for preschoolers. This charming book will help youngsters better understand the activities conducted during regular church services as opposed to activities held in children's church. Youngsters will learn about the services with Rufus as Ryan teaches him what he has learned.

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me as part of a virtual book tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. "Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog.
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