“Nightly reading from the Precious Moments 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury will help children wind down and create a special bedtime tradition you will cherish,” states the introduction to the book.
~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-ninety-two pages, this oversized hardbound targets children ages three to seven years old who like five-minute short devotionals regarding the Bible. With no scary scenes, the stories included are retold by Jennifer Morgan Gerelds from the International Children’s Bible. Full color, full page iconic drawings grace every few pages of little children at play, praying, or reading. An attached ribbon is added as a marker.
After an introduction and pages to fill in regarding a family tree, about the reader, and church record, the book is divided into three sections of almost fifty devotions taken from the Bible, followed by two prayer pages to complete. The three areas are divided into Old Testament, Psalms and Proverbs with Ecclesiastes, and the New Testament.
Starting from creation to iconic Biblical characters such as Noah, Joseph, Moses, David, Daniel, and Jonah, the middle section reiterates God’s goodness, love, and hope. The last eighteen stories cover Jesus’s birth, miracles, parables, death, resurrection, and transformation as well as His second coming.
~ Why ~
This is a calm, soothing way to read Bible stories to children at nighttime or naptime. The picture of Daniel in the lions’ den innocuously shows a happy animal. The crucifixion is discussed with no body dead on a cross and that the plan of salvation is briefly explained with no mention of sin. Having the Bible verses referenced is also helpful.
~ Why Not ~
The main problem with this book is that it probably has to be read out loud to a child as there are too many hard to comprehend words and concepts that a toddler will not understand. Beginner readers will have trouble with the two- and three-syllable words.
~ Who ~
The Precious Moments series started in 1978 and have sold over 12.5 million books worldwide.
~ Wish ~
While the designs are well known and cute in this book, the wording may not be understandable to a preschooler. I wish it was more sophomoric for the designated age level.
~ Want ~
If you are old enough to remember the darling Precious Moments illustrations, you will enjoy reading this book of Bible stories to your young child, but he or she may not comprehend it.
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