Title: Read & Play Baby Bible
Illustrator: Gustavo Mazali
“Here is a kiss from Jesus, who always wants to make you happy!” the interactive part of the Bible story from Matthew explains in Zonderkidz children’s book, Read & Play Baby Bible.
~ What ~
This forty-six-page board book with padded covers and rounded corners targets four-to-eight-year-old children who enjoy reading Bible stories. With no scary scenes, the depictions are happy, carefree, and positive. Due to some complicated wording, the book would best be read out loud to beginner readers.
With colorful, full-page illustrations, this book of a dozen Old Testament and ten New Testament stories promotes physical contact and interaction between the reader and a young child. With the title of the story on the left side and Scripture verse references, one small paragraph of the story is below, and the opposite page has the suggested task to do with the child. Bible stories range from creation, Isaac’s birth, Joseph’s coat, Moses in a basket, the Red Sea parting, Ruth and Naomi, Hannah’s prayer, Samuel being called by God, David singing, Esther asking for help, and Daniel with the lions to Jesus’s birth, Him being lost, stopping the storm, as a Shepherd, feeding many, loving children, and meeting Zacchaeus, as well as how Christ is with us, always listens, and is up in Heaven.
~ Why ~
This is a fun read for those who like engaging stories where the reader and child participate. I like how tickling, hugging, kissing, pointing out things, making hand gestures, and praying are incorporated into the story. The happy, innocuous illustrations have plenty of detail to hold a toddler’s attention.
~ Why Not ~
Although the book does not explain the plan of salvation and the scenes are only told in a positive manner, each story has a limited amount of information that follows the Bible. However, this may encourage dialogue with the child about God and Jesus. I think the six-to-eight year old may be too old for this book.
~ Who ~
Scandinavia Publishing House copyrights the texts and illustrations. No information is given on the illustrator or version of the Holy Bible referenced.
~ Wish ~
With many two and three syllable words, the book may be too hard to comprehend for beginner readers; having less complicated words might be needed.
~ Want ~
If your toddler wants a book that contains twenty-two Bible stories with physical play time between the reader and child, this may be a good selection that promotes interaction.
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