I was surprised by a box in the mail the other day from the publisher, Our Sunday Visitor. In it were 4 books from their new Teeny Tiny Theology series. My toddler immediately reached for them, shouting “I want!,” so I think they hit the nail on the head in appealing to their target audience.
Let’s look at the Sacred Scripture book today. Written by Michael R. Heinlein and illustrated by Frank Fraser, this board book fits quite a lot about the Bible in 22 sturdy pages! The writing style is short and simple, as befits wiggly little ones, but is full of profound truths. It teaches children the number of books in the Bible, what kinds of people are in there, how law, poetry and prophecy are in the Bible, what the two Testaments are, what the four Gospels are, how St. Paul wrote letters, and it even culminates in describing the Church and Magisterium! All wonderful things for little minds to absorb and start to ponder.
The illustrations in Sacred Scripture are a mix of realism and a more cartoon style, drawn in digital pastels. My favorite pages can be seen below. I especially like the sweeping scene of the saints processing out of the Vatican! It’s a clever and creative design.
I’m grateful to have these books on my shelf to help my son get a good start in learning the whys of our faith. If you have or know a toddler, I recommend you check them out from OSV too, or ask for them at your local Catholic Bookstore.
Author: Michael R. Heinlein
Illustrator: Frank Fraser
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
Age Range: Toddler