Accessible to Kids


Children have an affinity for rules. They want to obey, even if they struggle to do so. More, they want to take possession of the world they inhabit by mastering its ways and boundaries. They want to take possession of themselves in the same way.

The Ten Commandments speak to this. The biblical text is perhaps surprisingly accessible to children (provided one or two of the commands are interpreted for them). The text is also interesting to children to an extent that can be fascinating to experience.

My family experienced this again this week when we read aloud Bobbie Frazier’s new book, Dalton Discovers the Ten Commandments. The book tells the story of an angel named Homer teaching a boy about the commandments through object lessons from a young boy’s life. The book seems to have been written precisely at the level of my younger child, who tracked with one chapter after another and volunteered the implications she saw for her own five-year-old life.

As an aside, I think children also have an affinity for the idea of divine counsel. The story’s use of an angel was a welcome element for my daughter. The presence of an angel invisibly instructing the boy seemed to strike her as comfortably familiar and unquestionably true.