“Introduce children to the stories and characters of the Bible with this best-loved Bible storybook,” the back jacket book cover states in Zondervan’s children’s book, The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children Stories.
~ What ~
Part of The Beginner’s Bible series, this five-hundred-twelve-page hardbound targets young children from four to eight years old. The book covers of over ninety well-known stories taken from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible. With a few scary or violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to non-readers or beginner readers who like to look at pictures due to their limited reading comprehension level. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
The book presents ninety-four stories that range from one to eleven pages each with a dictionary of over thirty terms at its end. Each story has a title with referenced Bible verses listed and several paragraphs. Having colorful, easy-to-decipher illustrations, the cartoon designs show expressive characters on almost every page; there is ample room under each for a few sentences written on white backgrounds.
~ Why ~
This is a marvelous chapter book for beginner readers since the stories are short, to-the-point, and written in a positive way. Although not all the stories told give pertinent facts (Esther does not mention Haman hung and Jesus’s birth does not explain Herod killing baby boys), it generalizes the events. Some examples included are Gideon doing whatever God asked, Naaman healed, Jesus’s miracles, a map of Paul’s journey, and the eternal plan of salvation.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to promote teaching a child about Bible stories will pass on this book. It may be too advanced for beginner readers due to the two and three syllable words. It may be sophomoric for the targeted third-grade reading level. The scary stories that may concern some might be the ten plagues, Goliath being killed, the fiery furnace, Jonas in the big fish, and Jesus’s crucifixion.
~ Who ~
Starting his career designing artwork on t-shirts, illustrator Pulley has worked on over a dozen of the Beginner’s Bible series books the last ten years.
~ Wish ~
This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for an enjoyable, educational gift to positively introduce young ones about the stories of God and the Bible, this would be a perfect addition to a young one’s bookcase.
Thanks to Zondervan for furnishing this complimentary edition in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.
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