Title: Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible
Illustrator: Omar Aranda
“Inside these pages are some of the greatest stories ever told … and believe it or not they’re real!” the introduction states in the Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible.
~ What ~
This numbered one-hundred-forty-four-page oversized hardbound targets children four to eight-years-old looking for a book of stories from the Bible. Using the New International Version of the Holy Bible, it has a presentation page, introduction, table of contents, and thirty-three stories with full-colored, detailed illustrations. With some frightening and scary situations, some young children should be cautioned. It would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some of the complicated three syllable words.
With eighteen stories from the Old Testament and fifteen from the New Testament, each story is four pages long with a Bible verse written under its title. The artworks range from a quarter to full page and are expressive and detailed. Besides the typical iconic stories, also added are ones involving the battle of Jerico, Hannah’s prayer, Samuel listening to God, Esther’s bravery, Zacchaeus’s dinner invitation, Lazarus rising from the dead, and Jesus’s mission for us.
~ Why ~
Every child should know stories of the Bible, and I liked how this one covered the gambit of them. I appreciate that in two places on the cover it states “The Bible is not a fairy tale. Every great story happened once upon a time.” With each story being short and to the point, so many good ones are added. Although a complicated topic to explain to young ones, Jesus dying on the cross and rising the third day is included.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God may not be interested a book of Bible stories. Others may be concerned that the shortened stories do not exactly retell those in the Word of God as liberties are taken (example: there is no mention Jesus dying for our sins). Young children may be frightened of the depictions of fierce lions, a fiery furnace, and a walking mummy.
~ Who ~
No information is provided on the writer of the retold stories. The illustrator was born in Argentina and has often been commissioned for his story artwork, comics, and character designs.
~ Wish ~
Having all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence would be thoughtful.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that includes many loosely rewritten and shortened stories of the Holy Bible with beautiful, engaging illustrations, this is a good choice.
Thanks to Z Blog Squad for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.