Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: Who Created Everything? {an audio drama} by Wizzy Gizmo

Here on Sycamore Hill, we love audio dramas.  It probably stems from my own childhood memories of living without a TV.  There I’d be sprawled out on my back in the middle of the living room floor, listening to Children’s Bible Hour on the radio and watching the ceiling fan go ‘round.  I can still “see” many of the dramas that played out over the waves just as I “saw” them in my mind’s eye way back then.

Nowadays we don’t listen to the radio much but we have plenty of options via CD, mp3, and internet streaming.  My kids especially love to listen to audio books and audio dramas as bedtime stories to help them wind down and prepare for sleep.  So when we received Who Created Everything? from Wizzy Gizmo to review, we were ecstatic!

Who Created Everything? is a 36 minute audio drama about the events found in the first chapter of Genesis.  Professor Wizzy Gizmo puts the Bible on his Gizmovision machine and before you know it the adventure begins!

The first time I put it on, it started up automatically while I was in the other room. I had sent Little Guy in for a nap and when I came back in to put him down, he was listening to it. His eyes were wide and he said in a very quiet, serious voice, "Mom. I like this."

Who Created Everything? is available here as a CD + Digital Download for $14.99 or as a Digital Download only for $9.99.

Wizzy Gizmo as a company desires to put tools in the hands of parents that will allow them to implement the teaching of Deuteronomy 6:5-7 into practice in their own homes.  They seek to create quality art without sacrificing solid Biblical teaching.

"We set our sights on creating content equal in quality to the BIG name companies, with a commitment to communicate the truths of God's Word in the process."

Audio dramas based on Scripture are one excellent tool to bring discussion and learning to many your everyday activities.  We like to listen to Who Created Everything? on long car rides (none of us are able to read in the car without getting queasy, so audio dramas are an excellent alternative!), while tidying up the house, and as a good way to wind down after a busy day.

Miss M has been particularly taken by Who Created Everything?  She said, "I actually thought that they were going through a time machine, but it wasn’t a time can basically see, touch, feel and smell all the stuff that’s in it.  It’s really cool!

"There were two songs or three in it. I like that.  At the end there’s basically a sound track with all the music playing in the background."

"I like the duck [Qwacky].  He sings funny rap songs sometimes.  And he tells the kids what words mean.  He’s a talking mechanical duck, like a walking dictionary."

"Wizzy Gizmo is like an inventor.  But he makes things so the kids can learn about God.  It reminds me of Psalty’s Hymnological Adventure through Time.” 

Wizzy Gizmo has other products besides the audio drama including a book of Who Created Everything? and some really cool sets of Fast Track Bible cards that tell the summary and key bits about every book in the New Testament.  You can read reviews of many of these other products from my Home & School Mosaics teammates.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

{Book} Review: NKJV Adventure Bible

One of the most exciting times in a child's life is when they are beginning to unlock the mysteries of the written word. We are just starting to get there with my son. He'll be five soon and has been working his way through our kindergarten curriculum. He's beginning to find -- and read! -- words everywhere! From street signs to grocery store advertisements to picture books to song lyrics. He is beginning both to recognize familiar words and to sound out new-to-him words! I know it won't be long before he develops into a fluent and avid reader, just like his big sister, and just like me!

Because Little Guy will soon be reading on his own, I wanted to get him a Bible, God's Holy Word, of his own. Although it is somewhat more difficult than a children's translation, Hubby suggested we get the NKJV for Little Guy since that is what he uses. Like father like son, right? I was very pleased when I received a free copy of the NKJV Adventures Bible from Zondervan.

About the Book

The Adventure Bible has been around for several years now in the ever popular NIV, but now it is available in the classic text of the New King James Version! And this gorgeous text is just brimming with color and extra little tidbits of information that draw kids in and captivate their imaginations, teaching them about the Scriptures and furthering their relationship with God. Some of the features include:
  • Life in Bible Times—Articles and illustrations describe what life was like in ancient days
  • People in Bible Times—Articles offer close-up looks at amazing people of the Bible
  • Let’s Live It!—Hands-on activities help kids apply biblical truths to their life
  • Did You Know?—Interesting facts help kids understand God's Word
  • Words to Treasure—Great verses to memorize
  • Book introductions, a concordance, and 8 pages of full-color maps

Adventure Bible, NKJV
Features written by Lawrence O. Richards
ISBN: 978-0310746263
Publisher: Zonderkids, a division of Zondervan
1,568 pages

From the dot-dot-dot path prints to the X-marks-the-spot symbols, from the bright red parrots and poison green frogs, there is color on every page bringing additional information and insights. This Bible is FUN to look at! It evokes a piratey adventure journey complete with chests piled with gold coins (I mean, Words to Treasure) that is both pleasing to the eye and exciting for young children -- boys in particular.

The Adventure Bible would be perfect for boys of any age -- from the emerging reader (hey, they grow and learn fast!) to the intrepid early teen embarking on a new phase of life. Even my kindergartener is enjoying thumbing through the pages, spying out maps and charts, looking for words he knows, and asking someone older than him to read Scripture to him from it. Best of all, when Daddy reads aloud from his Bible, the little tyke can follow along with his own text because the words are the same! Although he can't read on his own yet, Little Guy can't wait to carry his new Bible to church with him this week!

Find it from the publisher here or on Amazon

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