Title: The Beginner’s Bible for Little Ones
“The perfect starting point for little ones to learn about God’s Word!” the back jacket book cover states in Zondervan’s children’s book, The Beginner’s Bible for Little Ones.
~ What ~
Part of The Beginner’s Bible series, this thirty-two-page board book with a padded front cover and rounded corners targets young children from four to eight years old. The book covers eight well-known stories taken from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible. With a few mildly 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.
The book presents four stories each from the Old and New Testament that are four pages each. A title with referenced Bible verses listed and several paragraphs explain the stories. 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 approximately 5 by 7 by 1-inch chapter book has short, to-the-point stories written in a positive way. Although not all the stories told give pertinent facts (Jesus’s birth does not explain Herod killing baby boys, and it does not mention Christ died for our sins), it generalizes the events. The stories cover creation, Noah’s ark, David and Goliath, Daniel in the lions’ den, the angel visiting Mary, Jesus’s birth, Jesus feeding the five-thousand, and Christ’s death and resurrection.
~ 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. Some children get upset viewing the pictures of the dead giant, Daniel being put into the pit, or Jesus carrying His cross, but they are not too graphic.
~ Who ~
No information is given on the illustrator.
~ Wish ~
This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book of 8 short stories from the Bible that are four pages each, this would be a good selection for a young one.
Thanks to Zondervan for furnishing this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.