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Book review: Janice Kapp Perry's ‘Book of Mormon Heroes’ is a fun way for young children to learn about scriptures

BOOK OF MORMON HEROES: 5-Minute Bedtime Stories & Songs,” by Janice Kapp Perry, illustrated by Jared Beckstrand, Covenant Communications, $24.99, 55 pages (ages 3-9)

“Book of Mormon Heroes: 5-Minute Bedtime Stories & Songs” is a wonderful way for children to learn about the Latter-day Saint scriptures. From Lehi to Moroni, the synopses of 15 stories can be read, or listened to, about stalwart individuals from the Book of Mormon.

While “Book of Mormon Heroes” can be read aloud, listening to this book on CD is an absolute treat. Each story is only a page long but is filled with facts and read in an interesting manner. Every story has an accompanying song, sung by a child, that expounds on the stories told. Although the stories and songs can be listened to in five minutes, children will probably want to spend longer listening to as many as possible.

Because the book contains all the piano music and lyrics, the songs can also be played at home, making this a great resource of new gospel music for pianists. While some songs are more intricate than others, those who are moderately skilled in piano should be able to play each song without difficulty.

Each story also has an accompanying full-color illustration. These high-quality works of art are visual gems, adding to the fun audio experience for children.

“Book of Mormon Heroes” is a delightful resource for families who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While touted as bedtime stories, this book is also a great resource for car trips as well as a brilliant way to spend time on the Sabbath day.

Author Janice Kapp Perry is a well-known LDS songwriter who has published more than 70 gospel music albums. A receiver of several awards, she lives with her family in Utah County.

A former illustrator for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Jared Beckstrand now works as a freelance artist and resides in St. George.

Elizabeth Reid thinks the Great Depression is fascinating, so she earned bachelor's degrees in both economics and history. A wife and mother, she blogs at