The Beginner’s Bible Carry-Along Treasury

Title: The Beginner’s Bible: Carry Along Treasury
Illustrator: Denis Alonso
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-76030-6

“Now, preschoolers have a special carry-long edition designed just for them!” the back jacket book cover states in Zondervan’s children’s book, The Beginner’s Bible: Carry Along Treasury.

~ What ~
Part of The Beginner’s Bible series, this one-hundred-and-sixty-page hardbound with a red plastic handle and magnetically secured flap targets young children from four to eight years old.  The book covers of twenty-six well-known stories taken from 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.

The book presents fifteen Old Testament and eleven New Testament beloved stories that range from four to eight pages each with colorful illustrations. 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 good starter chapter book for beginner readers since most of 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 or Jesus dying on the cross for our sins), it generalizes the events for a young one to understand. I appreciated that it included the less-often told stories about Moses in a basket, Deborah, Sampson, several of Jesus’s miracles, and His last supper 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. 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 ~
No information is provided on the illustrator.

~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. The back jacket states there are thirty stories, but only twenty-six are included.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Bible story book that has a carry handle, your child will enjoy this one.

Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.


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