Book Review: First Virtues

29 Apr

51aqKX3O3aL._SY489_BO1,204,203,200_We all want our little ones to grow strong characters, but how do we teach them? Best-selling children’s author Dr. Mary Manz Simon offers the solution. This collection of twelve stories stars a menagerie of adorable animals and offers simple, concrete examples for little ones to remember. Your child will learn about these important virtues:

Making Friends
Good Manners
Doing Your Best

With plenty of scriptures and a Parent Connection to help moms and dads talk about the message with their favorite toddlers, First Virtues is the perfect way to build godly character in the little ones you love!

about_page2Dr. Mary Manz Simon combines her training as an early childhood educator, insights as a corporate consultant and children’s market analyst, and experiences as a mother and grandmother, to provide a wide range of services and presentations to audiences and companies.

Her platform of practical advice, within a developmental framework, appeals to educators and parents who want real-time solutions. Simon’s extensive work with companies and retailers in publishing, education and children’s entertainment, give her a comprehensive timeline and perspective on emerging issues.

“I’m a hybrid,” she explains. “I go beyond trend tracking to identify the implication and application of the shifting mindscape that impacts children, their families and the world in which we live.”

With sales of more than 3 million books in English, hundreds of magazine articles and media interviews, Simon is, in the words of her son, Matthew, “a world changer”.


My Impressions:

First Virtues: 12 Stories for Toddlers is a must-read for parents with small children! The simple rhymes and cute and colorful illustrations will appeal to children as they explore the ways God wants them to treat others. I love that each story begins with a character sharing what the Bible has to say. While young children will learn real-life ways to show kindness, love, honesty, etc., their parents get insight on how toddlers think and act and tips to positively reinforce the lessons learned. Each story is accompanied by a short Bible verse — perfect for memorization. After all, it’s never too early to hide God’s word in your heart.

If you have small children or grandchildren, go get this book. First Virtues is a fun way to learn to live God’s truth!

Highly Recommended!

Audience: toddler and their parents.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to B&H for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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