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My Lift-the-Flap Bible Stories

Title: My Lift-the-Flap Bible
Retold by: Michael Berghof
Illustrator: Gill Guile
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-9428-7

My Lift-the-Flap Bible Stories is a wonderful introduction to the Bible and a perfect gift for the children in your life,” the back jacket states in this book.

~ What ~
This twenty-page hardbound with rounded corners targets children four to eight years old who enjoy board books with hidden flaps. Even though it has stories of Daniel in the lions’ den, Jonah in the large fish, and that Jesus died, there are no scary visualizations in the thirteen stories retold from the Holy Bible.

As readers view five stories from the Old Testament of creation, Noah’s ark, Moses leading the exodus, Daniel, and Jonah, the nine stories in the New Testament stories include Jesus’s birth, His miracle at the wedding in Cana, healing of a man, feeding the five thousand, walking on water, having His last supper, resurrected, and being with His disciples. When the thirty flaps are opened, children can visualize the joy and happiness that God gives to the scenes.

~ Why Not ~
I like how the short stories are written in paragraph format with brightly colored illustrations that cover the page. The flaps are of all sizes, entertaining a young child as they peep under them. I appreciate that the stories follow the Word of God.

~ Wish ~
Although there is no plan of eternal salvation or Jesus’s dying on the cross for our sins, the book is a good start for young ones to see the Bible’s importance through several retold stories.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an interactive book for a child to lift flaps and see what is underneath, this one that focuses on well-known Bible stories will delight your little one.

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The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Inspirational Stories

The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Inspirational Stories: Read-Along Classics (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)Title: The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Inspirational Stories
Authors and Illustrators: Stan and Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-76080-1

“Whether it’s bedtime, lap time, or just 5-minutes of story time, readers will love seeing the Bear cubs in action,” the back jacket states in Stan, Jan, and Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bear 5-Minute Inspirational Stories.

~ What ~
Part of the Berenstain Bears / Living Lights series, this numbered one-hundred-and-ninety-two-page hardbound targets child four to eight years old, especially those that like short stories of the well-known family of bears. With no profanity or scary scenes, the story has colorful, expressive illustrations on every page. Due to some complicated wording, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers.

While most of the series are individual paperback books, this one contains a dozen stories focusing on teaching children how God wants them to live every day. The bear tales included are Loves You, Say Their Prayers, Love Their Neighbors, Faithful Friends, The Forgiving Tree, Biggest Brag, Gift of Courage, Blessed are the Peacemakers, Get Involved, Gossip Gang, God Bless Our Home, and Here’s the Church, Here’s the Steeple.

~ Why ~
This is a nice collection of books as it hones in on explaining different aspects of living life according to God’s way. Several of the stories focus on how to be nicer, kinder, and better to others instead of focusing on oneself. The illustrations are descriptive and interesting for the age group.

~ Why Not ~
Because most of these books were originally written decades ago, they are dated and old-fashioned so may work well for home-schoolers or those children who enjoy reading. Some may find a couple of the stories a little degrading initially based on the bears’ conversations. All have a similar pattern of the bears facing an issue and learning to deal with it, which may tire some readers.

~ Who ~
Since Stan and Jan passed away years ago, their son Mike continues to follow in his parents’ footsteps with the Berenstain Bear series and products. He lives in Pennsylvania.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were Bible verses included somehow in the stories.

~ Want ~
If you or your child like the Berenstain Bears series, this collection will be cherished for years.

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Jesus Loves Me: A Sing-Along Book

Jesus Loves Me (A Sing-Along Book)Title: Jesus Loves Me
Illustrator: Gynux
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-75894-5

“Jesus loves me still today, walking with me on the way,” part of the famous hymn states in the children’s book, Jesus Loves Me: A Sing-Along Book.

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this board book that is part of the Sing Along Book series has a padded front cover and rounded corners; it is targeted toward children ages four to eight years old. With no scary scenes, it contains the words to the well-known church song. Having full-page colored illustrations, the book lists a line or two on the opened pages while animals play and sing it. The ending has the first verse and chorus with sheet music.

~Why ~
Most adults and children can relate to this song that includes several of the stanzas. I like how the cute animals are featured walking down a nature path, playing musical instruments, singing, relaxing, picnicking, enjoying a bonfire, and going home at the end of the day. There are plenty of different activities going on that non-readers can view.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with God may not understand why it is promoted that Jesus loves us. Others may think the story that only shows animals and has Jesus depicted as a moose may confuse young ones.

~ Who ~
Living in France, Gynux enjoys artistically expressing himself in storytelling and illustration.

~ Wish ~
I wish more of the old iconic hymns were available in print book format. While I have always loved this song, I question the portrayal of singing animals understanding God loves them; it would be more realistic if people were involved.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that has the famous Jesus Loves Me song, this may be of interest, but keep in mind that singing animals are depicted, not children or adults who acknowledge God and His love.

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Noah and the Noisy Ark

The Beginner's Bible Noah and the Noisy ArkTitle: Noah and the Noisy Ark
Illustrator: Denis Alonso
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-75957-7

“Noah opened the door. Everyone praised God. God had saved them!” the story states in Zondervan’s children’s book, Noah and the Noisy Ark.

~ What ~
Part of The Beginner’s Bible series, this eighteen-page board book with a cut-out handle at the top targets young children from four to eight years old.  The book covers the story of Noah and the ark from the Holy Bible. 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 accurate story of God telling Noah to build an ark. All animals and relatives are on board the large boat, and Noah is thankful to the Creator for saving them. Having colorful, easy-to-decipher illustrations, the cartoon designs with big white eyes 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 building an ark and living onboard that older ones may enjoy. Several of the animal depictions are adorable.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to promote teaching a child about the iconic Old Testament flood 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.

~ Who ~
No information is provided on the illustrator.

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

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Bible story book about Noah and the ark for those starting to read, this will delight many young children.

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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.

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The Beginner’s Bible for Little Ones

The Beginner's Bible for Little OnesTitle: The Beginner’s Bible for Little Ones
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-75536-4

“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.

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All Things Bright and Beautiful

All Things Bright and BeautifulTitle: All Things Bright and Beautiful
Illustrator: Dawn Machell
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-9337-2

“All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all,” the famous hymn states in the children’s book, All Things Bright and Beautiful that is illustrated by Dawn Machell.

~ What ~
At twenty-four pages, this board book with padded covers, rounded corners, and a red plastic handle targets children ages two to eight years old. With no scary scenes, it states the well-known church song. With sparkle highlights and simplistic, full-page colored illustrations, the approximately 5 by 6 by 1 inch book retells how God made all creatures and things including flowers, birds, mountains, rivers, seasons, and our bodies.

~Why ~
Our three-year-old granddaughter loves being read books before she goes to sleep, and this one is eye-catching with the small and large bugs, birds, animals, and children. I like the sparkled areas that shine on the page. Having the handle on the binding makes it easy for a young child to carry to church or Sunday school.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with God may not understand why it is promoted that God made everything. Due to some of three syllable words, it would be best to read it out loud to beginner readers.

~ Who ~
A freelance illustrator living in the United Kingdom, Machell specializes in graphics, illustrations, and young ones’ surface patterns.

~ Wish ~
I wish more of the old iconic hymns were available in print book format like this for both children and adults to enjoy.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a pretty, sparkly book that will keep a young one’s attention while being told a well-known song, this is a keeper.

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God Loves Daddy & Me

God Loves Daddy and MeTitle: God Loves Daddy & Me
Author: Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Illustrator: Laura Watkins
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-9177-4

“God loves Daddy and me, from morning until night …
At tuck-in time and all the time, we’re precious in His sight,”
Bonnie Rickner Jensen ends her children’s book, God Loves Daddy & Me.

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this board book with a padded front cover and rounded corners targets children ages two to five years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about daddy and son raccoons. With full-color scenes on both sides of the open pages, the two animals are shown doing different activities throughout the day, reminding how God loves them and is with them always.

Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this short tale shows the several ways God is with a father and son raccoon. Whether they are on an adventure, building a tent, taking a walk, raking leaves, playing hide and seek, roasting marshmallows, praying before bedtime, snuggling, forgiving, or saying good night, the raccoons acknowledge God loving and being with them.

~Why ~
Our three-year-old granddaughter loves being read books before she goes to sleep, and I enjoy how this one focuses on a father and son’s relationship and how God interacts with them. The pictures are engaging and fun to look at for the age group. I appreciate that God is mentioned on almost every opened page.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God may want to avoid this book, but only mentions Him (not Jesus), and no Bible verses are included. Due to some of three syllable words, it would be best to read it out loud to beginner readers.

~ Who ~
An award-winning, best-selling author for twenty years, Jensen writes children’s books, gift books, and greeting cards. No information is available on the illustrator.

~ Wish ~
I hope a matching book for mothers and daughters will be soon.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a bonding book about father and son raccoons and how God loves them, this will keep a young one looking at the pictures while they are reminded of the many characteristics of God.

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Fireflies

FirefliesTitle: Fireflies
Author: Ginger Sanders
Illustrator: Tracy Applewhite Broome
Publisher: Xulon Press
ISBN: 978-1-4984-6979-1

“But with Jesus being our Savior, we know that we have the promise of seeing Trevor again,” Ginger Sanders writes in her children’s book, Fireflies: Sharing God’s Light in the Time of Loss.

~ What ~
This numbered thirty-eight-page paperback targets children four to eight years old, especially those dealing with the loss of a family member or friend. With the topic of death and how to understand it from a child’s viewpoint, the book includes a page at the end on leading a child to Christ. Colorful pictures are simply illustrated on every page that sometimes includes a written out Bible verse. Also added is a place to put a photo of a deceased loved one and lines to write a favorite memory.

In this short story based on a true event of the loss of a little boy, young Tyler and Trevor enjoy playing in the park at night with their jars full of fireflies. When Trevor is hurt the next day and does not come home, little Tyler cannot understand why until a lady visits. She explains that like the fireflies who fly away, leaving an empty jar, when a person dies and goes to be with Jesus in Heaven, his body is left behind and empty. Later, the boy sees more fireflies glowing, reminding all that God is with them, even in hard times and he will see Trevor again.

~ Why ~
Death is a hard topic for young ones to comprehend, but this one deals with the loss of a child with the reminder that he is in Heaven and will be seen again. I like how the Bible verses are spread throughout and there is the eternal plan of salvation with a sample prayer that includes the explanation and confession of sin.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus will not be interested in sharing this book with young ones. Others may suffer deep pain and sadness of the loss of a child or someone dear to them by reading it. Due to several three- and four-syllable words, it may be hard for beginner readers.

~ Who ~
A speaker and author, Sanders has published two other books and is a chaplain with her husband in Alabama. Artist Broome is a freelance graphic designer who paints and teaches art in her home on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

~ Wish ~
Including that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose again, the story is one-sided, so there is no mention of Hell or eternal damnation. However, adding it may further confuse and upset a grieving child.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book to help a young child understand the loss of a dear one, this may help smooth the pain if you are a believer in Christ and know you will see that child in Heaven.

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The Hurry-Up Exit from Egypt

The Hurry-Up Exit from Egypt (A Faith that God Built Book)Title: The Hurry-Up Exit from Egypt
Author: Gary Bower
Illustrator: Barbara Chotiner
Publisher: Tyndale Kids
ISBN: 978-1-4964-1745-9

“This is the Book that tells of the day God stopped their pursuers and swept them away,” Gary Bower writes in his children’s book, The Hurry-Up Exit from Egypt.

~ What ~
Part of a Faith of God Built series, this numbered thirty-two-page oversized hardbound targets children four to seven years old, especially those who like the story of Moses separating the Red Sea from the Old Testament of the Holy Bible. With a couple of frightening scowls and sad faces, the book has colorful pictures that are simply illustrated on every page.

In this short repetitive tale that mimics the format of the classic, The House that Jack Built, the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt to cross the Red Sea is explained in rhyme. Creating partial phrases upon phrases, it begins with the Jews frantically getting ready to flee Egypt. When they leave, Pharoh’s forces follow, and Moses raises his rod and divides the sea, opening a dry pathway for them to cross safely. Pharoh’s chariots, horses, and riders are washed away as the Bible says. The ending has the Bible chapter references and a verse written out.

~ Why ~
This is an engaging story told in rhyme that helps children remember how Moses and the Israelites crossed the Red Sea. I like how the phrases are added one at a time and repeated so that a young one can learn and restate the rhyming story.

~ Why Not ~
Since the book has so much repetition in rhyme, older children may tire of it. Some may consider the drawings to be too simplistic, but they agree with the young age group targeted.

~ Who ~
No information is provided about the author or illustrator.

~ Wish ~
Due to some complicated three- and four-syllable words, the book may be hard for beginner readers.

~ Want ~
If your child likes sing-songy, rhyming stories about Moses helping the Jews exit Egypt, this may be a good choice.

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