“But the best creatures God made were people,” Doris Wynbeek Rikkers writes in her children’s book, Read with Me Bible for Little Ones, which is illustrated by Dennis G. Jones.
~ What ~
This small thirty-two-page board book with a padded front cover targets four-to-eight-year-old children who enjoy reading Bible stories. Only a few visual pictures of an angry Goliath, Jonah falling into the water, and a scary storm may concern some young children. Due to some complicated wording, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
With colorful and expressive full-page illustrations, the easy-to-read font of black wording on white ovals with bright borders are on almost every page. Having four stories from both the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, covered are creation, Noah’s ark, David and Goliath, Jonah and the big fish, Jesus’s birth, a day in the life of Jesus, His calming of the sea, and His ascension.
~ Why ~
With only a few sentences each, the eight Bible stories are short and to the point with smaller pictures included. I like the facial expressions with big eyes depicted and the “follow the red-dotted line” maze of Christ’s day.
~ Why Not ~
Although the book does not have the eternal plan of salvation explaining that Christ died on the cross, each story has a limited amount of information. However, this may encourage dialogue with the child about God and Jesus. Some children may not like the buggy eyes throughout the book.
~ Who ~
With no information given on the author, illustrator Jones has designed many children’s books, magazines, games, toys, and Sunday school curriculum. He and his wife live in Indiana.
~ Wish ~
With so much to view in each illustration, they will grab a young reader’s attention, but I wish some of them were toned down a little as sometimes the scenes are too busy.
~ Want ~
If your toddler wants a Bible of their own that contains eight stories, this may be a good selection for a beginner.
Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.
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