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Grab your bike and join Lucas and his friends as they discover new birds, get lost in the woods, and begin to face their fears and prejudices in this chapter book for 4-8 year olds. Over the course of a year, these children learn to recognize the unkindness and self-righteousness in themselves, face the uncertainty of life, and experience the blessing of confession and forgiveness. Each chapter ends with a “Talk about It” to help you explore these topics further. Foxes, Thieves, and Bunny Traps will help you discuss themes from telling the truth to seeing the Bible as a treasure; that different doesn’t mean scary; and about serving and making sacrifices for others; forgiveness; sharing the gospel; and that God works all things for the good of his people.   

Also available is A Better Ending, a collection of short stories for kids--stories that "put hands and feet" on living every day to the glory of God. From the backyard to school, North America to countries across the world, join these kids, just like you, as they confront challenging situations or learn lessons from the every day. A topical index in the book will help you find stories on themes such as: compassion, contentment, and a critical spirit; the elderly and their worth, God as Creator, Father, and the faithful one; idleness, having a teachable spirit, obedience, pride and restitution, are just a few more of the topics addresses. You can find a copy right here in the US and here in Canada.   

The quick solution to our children’s sinful behaviour is to mend their actions.  Reaching their heart, however, takes more work. Ultimately, this can only be done by the Spirit of God softening and convicting and encouraging.  But true-to-life stories can help open our children’s ears and hearts to admonishment and correction, and “walking in other kids’ shoes” can awaken our children’s consciences and empathy.

With this in mind, these stories cover a wide range of topics, from coveting and lying, to forgiveness and prayer, from sin and substitution, to our speech and temptation. The index in the back of the book will help parents and teachers find a story relevant to their own situation, and a few sample stories can be read [HERE].

May God bless these truths to your children’s hearts!


“Our family just finished reading through this book for the second time and were blessed by it once again. Tamminga has a real gift at writing a rich variety of stories that point the reader to Christ; whether the reader be two years old or in their adult years. My kids would ask everyday if it was time for the 'butterfly book' yet . This is definitely a book I would recommend to others and plan to pick up once again in the coming years.”–M






Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 265
Vendor: Banner of Truth

ISBN: 1848711018
ISBN-13: 9781848711013
Ages: 4-12


Little Becky does not believe her brother when he tells her that caterpillars turn into butterflies, until her mother confirms that it is true—and then she sees a butterfly start to break out of its cocoon… But what does all this have to do with Easter and the death and resurrection of Christ? In Doreen Tamminga’s engaging tale, the first of more than forty short stories for boys and girls in this book, the connection is made clear. ‘Sometimes we read to our children just for pleasure, and sometimes we do so to instruct them’, says Mrs. Tamminga. ‘These stories were written with the intent of pointing children to the Lord Jesus as the only Saviour from sin, and to encourage Christian living. I hope they will be a blessing to many young hearts.’

The stories in this book are arranged in three groups, for 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12 year olds. A topical index shows where to find stories on particular themes.

R E V I E W S  from

“These are stories kids will relate to readily and enjoy thoroughly. The stories avoid mere moralism, and rather point children to the Saviour. Highly recommended.” –R

“I like how there are different stories geared for different ages. My children are young so we are working our way through the 4-6 stories. Looking forward to reading the rest as the kids get older!” –A

“Great book! Every chapter is another story which makes it so easy to pick up. Our kids really enjoy this book and learn good biblical lessons from it. Wish there were more of these books!” –E

“Lovely book which deals with Christian living in the everyday lives of children of a variety of ages. Highly recommended. The author understands the thought world of children and doesn’t talk “down” to them or moralise.” –J

R E V I E W S  from

“This is a great Christian family story book. Since it is broken up into three age groups, you can always find stories for your child. The author seeks to draw children to Jesus through the everyday occurrences in children's lives. As the characters struggle with ordinary challenges in their lives they learn to apply Christian truths to their circumstances. The author understands how children think and play and uses this knowledge to good effect. This book is geared towards "churched" children as it assumes some doctrinal knowledge. It's topical index is useful to find stories dealing with particular issues. From dealing with envy to tithing, many pertinent topics are covered.” –L

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