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For pre-readers: baby Moses, endurance lessons, the burning bush, the exodus, 10 commandments, marching on, not murmuring. Energetic, enjoyable stories of a great Bible hero!
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Paula King & Catherine Walker. Paula King (the analytical left brain) of Irving, TX - B.A. Education/Math/English, University of North Texas. Graduate studies in Math, English, and Education. A teacher, programmer, and IRS field agent. Retired from a major airline, where she spent 17 years as a programmer / manager / comptroller in the aircraft scheduling department. Thirteen years of formal piano instruction, including college level. Producer, Song Writer, Composer, Music Arranger. Vaccinated with a phonograph needle! Catherine Walker (the creative right brain!) of Los Angeles - Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Houston. Thirty years experience as graphic designer, typesetter, publisher, author and illustrator of children's books. Catherine worked on the web publishing team for a major airline. Producer, Song Leader, Song Writer, Composer, Author. The singing comes naturally!Review:
Product review by AMY CHRISTY/ The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, March 2007. As educators and parents, we know that by singing or making up a rhyme, children can retain knowledge and have fun! This is the goal of the creators of Bible StorySongs. Starting with the Old Testament in Exodus, Moses Volume 1--The First 80 Years begins with the story of the children of Israel in Egypt. Before each song, its story is briefly introduced, and the Scripture reference is given. The song further elaborates on the story. This CD has an "Egyptian" feel to it and draws you right into that world! We had a lot of fun learning and singing along. It continues through the slavery of the Israelites, the birth of Moses and his rescue, as well as his life in Egypt. This CD ends with Moses leading his people to freedom. Moses Volume 2--The Last 40 Years begins with the children of Israel in the wilderness. You'll learn songs of their journey and the provisions from God and the delivery of the Ten Commandments. This CD follows the struggles of the children Israel and concludes when they reach the Promised Land. In Matthew Volume 1, we begin with Matthew 1:1, the genealogy of Jesus. From there, you'll sing of his birth, baptism, and teaching. Volume 2 continues with Matthew chapter 9 and speaks about the disciples, the Parables, the miracles of Jesus, and his return. Tucked in between all of the stories are fun songs that instill good moral virtues for children, such as being responsible for their things and being a cheerful giver. Many of these songs are original, catchy tunes, but some are familiar favorites, such as "This Old Man" or "When the Saints Go Marching In" that are easy to remember. The website is also a wonderful resource, offering a "song of the day" and samples of their music. There are additional products for purchase in e-book format. They include sheet music for guitar and piano and puzzle pages based on the verses and stories in the songs. We used the Moses Volume 1 and Matthew Volume 1 e-book bundles as companions to the CDs. We were able to use the piano sheet music, and my younger son loved coloring in his song and color book. The older boys liked working on the crosswords, word scrambles, and puzzles in theirs. I work in the children's ministry at church and plan to incorporate these songs into our program. Bible StorySongs are a fun way to learn and remember the cherished stories of God's faithfulness and promises to His people. These products would be a nice addition to a homeschool, Sunday School, or any place where you desire to teach the Word of God to children.
By MARY A. JACOBS / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News Duo has progressed from "25-cent cassette tapes" to acclaimed CD's of children's music. Paula King and Catherine Walker are already stars. Among kids in vacation Bible school, their original Bible story songs have been hits for 15 years. Now, with their own CDs, the two grandmothers might get a bigger audience. The songwriting duo started collaborating in 1982, putting on puppet shows at home when their children were young. "We really wanted our children to learn the stories of the Bible, and we discovered that 'less talking and more singing' was the way to do it," Mrs. King said. They branched out to write songs for vacation Bible school. "We'd stay up all night and make these horrible recordings on 25-cent cassette tapes," Mrs. King recalled. "But the kids thought they were solid gold." "We heard from parents that for months the kids were singing these songs in the streets as they rode their bikes," said Mrs. Walker. "I thought, 'We have something here.' " Over the years, the two built a repertoire of more than 300 original songs. The songs feature original lyrics set to public domain tunes - "Brave John the Baptist," for example, to the tune of "Itsy Bitsy Spider." Last year, the pair produced two CDs, Moses, Volume 1 - the First 80 Years, based on the book of Exodus, and Jesus Christ the King in the Book of Matthew Volume 1, with stories from the first eight chapters of Matthew. The Moses CD earned a spot on the 2004 Grammy ballot in the category of Best Musical Album for Children, but didn't get sufficient votes to become a nominee. Mrs. King, 56, a retired teacher and computer programmer, and Mrs. Walker, 54, a graphic artist, dipped into their retirement savings to make the recordings. They recruited dozens of children to sing for the recording. Proof that their method works came a few years ago. Driving across Texas, Mrs. King and her grown son whiled away an afternoon singing those songs. Even though he was heading to law school, the son still remembered them from his vacation Bible school days. Said Mrs. King: "The melodies, the rhythms and the rhymes, they get into your memory in a way that words alone can't." Mary A. Jacobs, a Dallas freelance writer, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. DETAILS: For more information, visit www.biblestorysongs.com.
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