These two Rob and Roland books are the first two books
in the upcoming ten-book Inheritance Readers series. With short
chapters written at a second-grade reading level, the books are
about a second-grade boy named Rob. The author was from the Netherlands,
and the books have been translated into English by Paulina Janssen.
The language is clear and easy to understand. The descriptions
and storylines are simple enough for a young child to follow but
detailed enough to incite the imagination. Boys and girls alike
will enjoy reading for themselves about Rob's adopted puppy Roland
and some of the adventures they go on together, along with Rob's
siblings and cousins. Many pages have simple black-and-white drawings
that aid the reader in understanding the story, while the covers
of the books have delightful paintings. For around $7 each, these
hardback books are appropriately priced and well-published.
Many mature concepts are included in these books, such as the
puppy getting hit by a car and birds catching frogs and rabbits
to feed their young. These descriptions are rather graphic for
a second-grade level but not necessarily inappropriate for the
context. There is also a scene in Rob and Roland on the Farm where
the words Negro and Negroes are used repeatedly, which some may
consider inappropriate or derogatory.
Biblical principles are emphasized in the Rob and Roland books,
and the families represented in the books are overtly Christian.
Not only is there family prayer time, but Rob prays on his own
before going to bed and after getting up in the morning. This is
an excellent example for a Christian child to read about. During
family worship, Rob is able to hear what Father reads from the
Bible and notice parallels in his own life, which again is something
wonderful for a young child to learn by example.
These books are a lovely way for a young child to be exposed to
another culture. The idea of having a large midday meal with the
whole family is not something our family culture has, nor is the
ability to ride a bike to the city from a farm, nor are storks
common animals in our geographic region. Reading about these and
other differences is an excellent way to inform young children
about other cultures in God's world.