5-Minute Adventure Bible Stories

Title: 5-Minute Adventure Bible Stories
Content: Catherine DeVries
Illustrator: Diane Mielke
Publisher: Zonderkids
ISBN: 978-0-310-72970-6

“But the adventure isn’t over. The most important thing has yet to happen …Jesus is coming back!” the ending states in Catherine DeVries’s book, 5-Minute Adventure Bible Stories.

~ What ~
Part of the Adventure Bible series, this one-hundred-and-ninety-two-page hardbound targets children ages four to eight years old who are looking for quick Bible stories that can be read in five minutes or less. Using wide-sweeping, full-color, full-page illustrations, it references the New International Version of the Bible. The beginning has a table of contents, followed by thirty-three stories and ending with an advertisement.

In this oversized book with a padded cover, there are fifteen stories taken from the Old Testament and eighteen from the New Testament. With each covering four to six pages, the well-known stories range from Creation, Moses, Samson, and Esther to Jesus’s birth, miracles, death, and resurrection to name a few. At the end of each story is a scroll with an adapted Adventure Discovery and Words to Treasure.

~ Why ~
Many young children love to read or be read a Bible story at bedtime. I love how this book is laid out with detailed, realistic characters and scenery while the paragraphs are written in a black font over part of the background. The stories are told simply but contain enough facts to understand and comprehend. I appreciate the ending of each story includes a fact or tidbit and a written out Bible story.

~ Why Not ~
For those who want nothing to do with learning about the God and the Bible, this would not be a good choice. Although there is no explanation of Mary’s virginity, the plan of eternal salvation of Jesus shedding His blood on the cross for our sins and rising again is mentioned. Some young ones may be frightened seeing the depictions of angry men, vicious lions, dead Goliath, and Jesus being crucified.

~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If your preschooler to early elementary school age child wants to read more vivid stories from the Bible, this would make the perfect addition to his or her bookcase.

Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for furnishing this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.

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