Title: Bible Gems to Remember Illustrated Bible
Author: Robin Schmitt
Illustrator: Kris Aro McLeod
“Children will learn 52 wonderful, pocket-sized truths from God’s Word, truths they can carry with them forever,” the note to parents states in Robin Schmitt’s children’s book, Bible Gems to Remember Illustrated Bible: 52 Stories with Easy Bible Memory in 5 Words or Less.
~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-twenty-page hardbound book targets young children from four to eight years old who like fifty-two retold stories from the Holy Bible. Due to its complicated wording, it would best be read out loud to non- or beginner readers who like to look at pictures due to their limited reading comprehension level. The New International Version of the Bible is referenced.
After an ownership page, table of contents, and introduction, the book contains twenty-six stories from the Old Testament and twenty-six from the New Testament, with each being six pages long. Vivid, colorful illustrations are on every page with black font writing on solid background areas. Highlighted inserts with no more than five-word memorizations related to the topic but from other portions of Scripture are included in every story.
~ Why ~
For some reason, I love children’s illustrated Bibles, and this one covers the gambit of the most iconic stories from God’s Word. I like that each story is mostly accurate and that the illustrations are engaging. I appreciate that the simplistic plan of eternal salvation of Jesus dying on the cross for our sin and rising from the dead is promoted.
I enjoyed the chapter titled The Lord will guide you about Isaac’s servant trusting God when he searched for a wife for his lord and finding Rebekah.
The three highlighted gems are:
Ask God for help from I Timothy 5:5
The Lord is my helper from Hebrews 13:6
Show me the way from Psalm 143.8
~ 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 may not realize this is not a fully-illustrated Bible but many stories are missing. A few young children may be frightened of the depiction of God giving Moses the Ten Commandments on a flaming Mount Sinai, Samson killing a lion and attacking people, Christ carrying a cross (the crucifixion is a silhouette), and Paul being shipwrecked.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. I found some of the stories did not include all of the outcomes such as God destroying the Baal worshippers, Daniel’s accusers being put in the lions’ den, King Herod killing the babies, and Peter denying Jesus three times.
If you are looking for a book of simplified stories from the Bible that can be read one a week throughout a year and contain memory words related to them, this would be an excellent choice for a young one who wants to learn more about God and His Word.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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