Show and Tell Friday: Felt Books

show-and-tell.jpg Kelli at There’s No Place Like Home hosts “Show and Tell Friday” asking “Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there’s a story behind your special something, that’s even better! If you would like to join in, all you have to do is post your “Show and Tell” on your blog, copy the post link, come over here and add it to Mr. Linky. Guidelines are here.“

When my older sons were small, I discovered these small felt books from Betty Lukens. Some of you may be familiar with their beautiful flannel Bible story sets. We used them to look at at home or to take with us in situations where the kids needed to sit still and quietly (church, doctor’s offices).

Felt books from Betty Lukens

The one in the bottom left hand corner was our first one. You can tell it is a little more worn than the rest. The other three were purchased years later when my youngest came along. It didn’t occur to me til the fourth book to make a protective cover like the one on the bottom left corner.

These came in kit form. All the flannel pieces were on a length of fabric that had to be cut out. There was a little cutting and gluing to be done, then the pages were put in order and tied with yarn. Little pockets were glued on backs of pages to keep the pieces in.

Pocket to hold pieces

Two of the books are Bible stories, one is a farm book, and the last has various means of transportation.

This one of the story of baby Moses shows the little basket with the baby, a flap where the bush is that was hiding him, Pharaoh’s daughter discovering him, and his sister Miriam watching from behind another bush. For her hiding place cuts were made along the branches of the bush and a pocket was glued to the back so she could be tucked into the bushes without falling through to the other side.

Finding baby Moses

This one shows Moses leading the children of Israel through the Red Sea. Flaps pull back to show the parting of the waters.

Moses and the Red Sea

Jesus’ disciples fishing with a net:


Grandpa’s barn:


Hot air balloons:

Hot air balloons

My children enjoyed these a lot when they were younger. Now they are in a box in the closet awaiting grandchildren.

Someone asked if they were still being sold. Yes, Betty Luken’s  site has all but the transportation one plus several more than what they had when I was buying mine here. I originally got mine at a home school conference fair — I hadn’t attended the conference and wasn’t home schooling yet, but they opened up the sales booths to the public.

21 thoughts on “Show and Tell Friday: Felt Books

  1. Oh Barbara, I adore those little books, what a great idea! I am sure your grandchildren (and their parents) will enjoy them a lot some day!

    Thank you so much for your nice words on my new heart! This little heart had formerly been an old wire clothes hanger! I cut it into two pieces and formed a heart. Than I just took some more hydrangea cuttings that I fixed with a very tiny wire. That’s all! It was so easy, you should give if a try if you have all the materials! Did you understand that?

    I am already thinking of posting a tutorial on making a such a wreath as I got a couple of similiar questions.

    Have a wonderful week-end!


  2. OH I love these! My sister is always asking me to make her books like this for her ….not her kids who are all too old for them, but for her because she has always loved them. Thanks for showing us yours and also for the link. I am going to head on over and check it out!

  3. Those are fabulous! I really like them. How sweet that you still have them for the next generation! I am going to have to look for those at garage sales and thrift stores for my someday grandbabies!

    Blessings! Sharon

  4. I LOVE these books. I have looked all over everywhere to find something just like them for years! Does Betty Lukins still sell them? Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting my show and tell. 🙂

  5. I don’t recall seeing books like these, but I’m glad you shared them with us. They are really cute little books. I’m sure your future grandchildren will treasure them.

  6. These brought back memories. I think they were out when I was very young. I remember seeing other chidlren with them – although I never had one personally.

    Thanks so much for sharing

  7. Yes, I remember something like these when my son was young . . . a great idea for kids. How wonderful that you have saved yours for future generations – I’m sure they will be enjoyed for a long time to come.

  8. Hi Barbara! These are so sweet! What a precious memory, too. Thanks so much for sharing them today. My little sweeties are so blessed to have a dear lady at church who made them hand stitched quiet books. I am saving them now for my grands 😉
    Blessings! Q

  9. I’ve never seen such books and don’t remember them being sold here. They’re beautiful! I might just get one for myself as collection… Thanks for the web link. 🙂

  10. You did so well to keep those. Even if they continue to get published (and I hope they will), it is so special to give your grandchildren their parents first steps in Christ! i love the colors, too.
    Thank you for sharing, and thank you for stopping by and commenting. Have ablessed weekend.

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