Title: Angels in the Bible Storybook
Author: Allia Zobel Nolan
Illustrator: Alida Massari
“The women saw a beautiful angel sitting on a rock. They were frightened by the angel,” Allia Zobel Nolan retells the story of Jesus’s resurrection in her children’s book, Angels in the Bible for Little Ones.
~ What ~
This thirty-two-page board book with rounded corners and a padded front cover targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy stories about angels and the Bible. Eight stories are retold that mention angel in Scripture. With multiple-syllable and hard-to-comprehend words, the book would best be read out loud to beginner readers.
Focusing on angels, the eight stories are taken from both the Old and New Testament of the Bible, ranging from iconic figures such as Abraham and Sarah being told they are having a baby, Elijah being fed, and Daniel saved from the lions to Mary being told she is pregnant, the shepherds seeking baby Jesus, Jesus with the children, His resurrection, and Heaven filled with angels. The four-page stories explain an angel or angels participation in being God’s helper or guide.
~ Why ~
This book covers a few of the Biblical encounters and happenings involving the beings that will keep young children engaged. Without any scary scenes for some little ones, illustrations include mostly happy characters without showing man-eating lions or Christ dying on the cross. I like that the focus is not only on the angels but also God and Jesus.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in Christ or have a personal relationship with Him will probably avoid this book. With no step-by-step eternal plan of salvation given, it does state that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but there is no crucifixion scene that young ones may not understand.
~ Who ~
Living in Connecticut with her husband, Nolan is an internationally published author of over two-hundred children and adult books that reflect God and cats. Illustrator Massari specializes in children’s illustrations worldwide and lives in Italy with her family.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. It would help if some of the complicated wording were easier to understand for the younger listeners.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book of short Bible stories relating to angels, this a good start for pre-school to third-grade children.
Thanks to the Z Blog Squad for furnishing this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.
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