“The adventure wasn’t over when Jesus went to heaven. The most important thing has yet to happen! Jesus is coming back!” the ending states in Catherine DeVries’s children’s book, Adventure Bible for Little Ones.
~ What ~
This forty page padded five-by-seven-inch hardbound targets young children looking for a Bible to call their own or mimic a parent or sibling carrying the book to church. Although the jacket states it is appropriate for ages four to eight years old, its thick cardboard pages with rounded corners would be sturdy for younger generations, perhaps as young as eighteen months who enjoy viewing pictures. With no extremely violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some of the complicated three syllable words.
Illustrator Jim Madsen’s designs are expressive and colorful, with artwork covering two open pages at a time, leaving lightly colored areas for easy-to-read wording. The pictures are detailed to notice joy, sadness, and fear on characters’ faces. Three designs include Goliath dead, a roaring lion, and the large fish swallowing Jonah that might frighten young ones.
Divided into ten short stories that cover four pages each, six are included from the Old Testament and four from the New Testament. They involve Creation, Noah’s Ark, Moses’s life, David and Goliath, Daniel in the lion’s den, Jonah and the great fish, Jesus’s birth, baptism, and love for children, as well as His life on earth. With no plan of eternal salvation mentioned, there is no reference to Christ shedding His blood on the cross for our sins or raising from the dead three days later.
~ Why ~
Having a child grow up learning stories from the Bible is necessary for every Christian parent. I found this is a positive way to engage a young one to learn about God and His Son.
~ Why Not ~
Those that are not believers may pass on a book for children that promotes God’s Word.
~ Who ~
Author DeVries is a writer and editor of many books. She and her family live in Colorado. Artist Madsen has illustrated over fifty books the past fifteen years.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God and Jesus were capitalized for reverence. Also, it would be helpful if the eternal plan of salvation was discussed.
~ Want ~
If a parent needs a sturdy little Bible to occupy a child during church, this is a good source for toddlers starting to understand Biblical characters and God’s Son.
Thanks to Zonderkidz for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.
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