Title: Lift the Flap Bible
Text by: Karen Williamson
Illustrator: Louise Angelicas
Publisher: Candle Books
“Eight best-loved Bible stories – all with peek-a-boo flaps. Lots to look out for in this busy interactive board book,” the back jacket prompts in Karen Williamson’s children’s book, Lift the Flap Bible.
Part of the Candle Tiny Tots series, this square hardbound of sixteen pages targets children two to four years old who enjoy board books with hidden flaps. Having minor scary scenes containing skulls, bones, and roaring lions, it contains eight stories from the Holy Bible.
Illustrator Louise Angelicas’s expressive and charming designs fill both sides of the opened pages, leaving solid backgrounds for black wording in an easy-to-read font. With almost thirty inserted flaps to lift, the drawings are engaging and entertaining.
As readers view four stories from the Old Testament of Noah’s ark, Moses in the basket, Daniel in the lion’s den, and Jonah and the big fish. The four New Testament stories are Jesus’s birth, His feeding the five thousand, the Shepherd finding His lost sheep, and Jesus healing the sick. When the flaps are opened, children can visualize the joy and happiness that God gives to the scene.
One example would be when Jonah is inside a great fish. The wording states “A huge fish has swallowed Jonah. Lift the flaps to find out what happens to the boat – and to poor Jonah.” A large flap shows a boat being tossed in the sea with its occupants alarmed, but once opened, the crew is happy, and the waters are calm. The other large flap has a picture of Jonah inside the belly of the fish, and when lifted, the fish is spewing out the man on a beach. The two small flaps are of a bird who flies and a camel looking up at Jonah on the beach.
With plenty of animals such as cats, dogs, birds, fish, and camels, the facial expressions of the people sometimes turn sadness into joy and sorrow into happiness. Although there is no plan of eternal salvation or Jesus’s dying on the cross for our sins, the book is a good start for young ones to see the Bible’s importance through several retold stories.
Thanks to Kregel Publishing for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.
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