The Beginner’s Bible: Jesus is Born

Title: Jesus is Born
Illustrator: Denis Alonso
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-76050-4

“Joseph, Mary, and Jesus went back home. Jesus grew up and told many people about God’s love,” the story states in Zondervan’s children’s book, Jesus is Born.

~ What ~
Part of the I Can Read and Beginner’s Bible series, this thirty-two-page paperback targets young children from four years old and up. The book covers the New Testament’s story in the Holy Bible of Jesus’s birth. 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 tells the Biblical story of Mary being with child, marrying Joseph, giving birth to Christ, and placing Him in the manger as well as the shepherds and wise men visiting, Herod being upset, and the little family fleeing the area. Having colorful, easy-to-decipher illustrations, the cartoon designs with big white-eyed animals and people are on almost every page.

~ Why ~
This is a helpful book for beginner readers since there are only a few sentences on each page. There are plenty of objects to look at by a young child. I like how there is room for discussion about the nativity.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to promote teaching a child about the iconic New Testament story will pass on this book. It may be too advanced for beginner readers due to the two and three-syllable words. Some children may not like how mean and angry King Herod is depicted.

~ Wish ~
The part of an angel telling the wise men not to return to King Herod may be considered different than Scripture, which states they are warned in a dream (Matthew 2:12).

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Bible storybook about the real meaning of Christmas for those starting to read, this will keep young children’s attention.

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

This book can be purchased at

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