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Adventure Bible for Little Ones

Adventure Bible for Little OnesTitle: Adventure Bible for Little Ones
Author: Catherine DeVries
Illustrator: Jim Madsen
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-75366-7

“The adventure wasn’t over when Jesus went to heaven. The most important thing has yet to happen! Jesus is coming back!” the ending states in Catherine DeVries’s children’s book, Adventure Bible for Little Ones.

~ What ~
This forty page padded five-by-seven-inch hardbound targets young children looking for a Bible to call their own or mimic a parent or sibling carrying the book to church. Although the jacket states it is appropriate for ages four to eight years old, its thick cardboard pages with rounded corners would be sturdy for younger generations, perhaps as young as eighteen months who enjoy viewing pictures. With no extremely violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some of the complicated three syllable words.

Illustrator Jim Madsen’s designs are expressive and colorful, with artwork covering two open pages at a time, leaving lightly colored areas for easy-to-read wording. The pictures are detailed to notice joy, sadness, and fear on characters’ faces. Three designs include Goliath dead, a roaring lion, and the large fish swallowing Jonah that might frighten young ones.

Divided into ten short stories that cover four pages each, six are included from the Old Testament and four from the New Testament. They involve Creation, Noah’s Ark, Moses’s life, David and Goliath, Daniel in the lion’s den, Jonah and the great fish, Jesus’s birth, baptism, and love for children, as well as His life on earth. With no plan of eternal salvation mentioned, there is no reference to Christ shedding His blood on the cross for our sins or raising from the dead three days later.

~ Why ~
Having a child grow up learning stories from the Bible is necessary for every Christian parent. I found this is a positive way to engage a young one to learn about God and His Son.

~ Why Not ~
Those that are not believers may pass on a book for children that promotes God’s Word.

~ Who ~
Author DeVries is a writer and editor of many books. She and her family live in Colorado. Artist Madsen has illustrated over fifty books the past fifteen years.

~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God and Jesus were capitalized for reverence. Also, it would be helpful if the eternal plan of salvation was discussed.

~ Want ~
If a parent needs a sturdy little Bible to occupy a child during church, this is a good source for toddlers starting to understand Biblical characters and God’s Son.

Thanks to Zonderkidz for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.

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The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)Title: The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones
Authors and Illustrators: Jan and Mike Berenstain
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74941-7

“Perfect for little ones just learning about the Bible,” states the back jacket of Jan and Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones.

~ What ~
Part of the Berenstain Bears / Living Lights series, this unnumbered thirty-page padded paperback targets children four to eight years old, especially those that like short stories from the Bible depicted by bears. With a total of eight stories from the Old and New Testaments, it contains simple sentence structures with a few multi-syllable words that may be more complicated for beginner readers.

With no profanity or scary scenes, each story has colorful, expressive illustrations on every page. The wording is easy to decipher in a black font at the bottom of every page.

~ Why ~
Wanting to show my grandchild a book that introduces the Bible, this book has two to four page stories of short sentences that include creation, Noah’s ark, David and Goliath, Daniel in the lions’ den, Jesus’s birth, the good Samaritan, Jesus entering Jerusalem, and His resurrection.
I noticed the lions looked contented, and there was no crucifixion scene. There was plenty of detail in the illustrations for toddlers to view.

~ Why Not ~
With the book focusing on the Bible, there are two areas of concern. It reads that God asked Noah for help, yet some may interpret that God needs help, and He does not. Also, it states soldiers hurt Jesus, not that He died on the cross for our sins. It shows the tomb opened on resurrection day. Knowing young children cannot understand fully the concept of eternal salvation, I know this is a hard subject to explain.
~ 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 ~
Page numbers would be helpful for some readers learning their numbers.

~ Want ~
If you like the Berenstain Bears series, this one that has eight Bible stories is a good starting point to introduce young ones to the Bible. I hope my granddaughter will enjoy listening to it being read as she looks at the bears in all of the illustrations.

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Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty

Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty (A Dangerous Beauty Novel)Title: Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty
Author: Angela Hunt
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1696-1

“Though I knew I held the son of the prophecy in my arms, I would not consider him to be something I deserved, but an unmerited blessing from the Almighty,” the forgiving woman admits in Angela Hunt’s novel, Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty.

Part of A Dangerous Beauty Novel series, this three hundred and eighty-four page paperback targets those who enjoy fictional rewriting of Old Testament Biblical stories. Using the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible, three chapters contain the Complete Jewish Bible version. With no profanity, topics of rape, childbirth, and murder may not be appropriate for immature readers. The book includes twelve discussion questions, author’s notes, references, the author’s biography, and advertisements for other books. This reader wishes pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

Written in first person by two people, sixteen-year-old Bathsheba first witnesses King David dancing to HaShem, the name in Hebrew for Jehovah. With the incident buried in her memory, she marries Uriah at the age of eighteen and focuses on having a son that would become great per the prophecy Samuel had fictitiously spoken.

When eleven-years-old, the prophet Nathan knew of Samuel’s prediction and at age twenty-seven wished to marry Bathsheba as she was “tob” or sensually appealing. Knowing the Almighty Adonai had other plans for him, Nathan married another yet kept tabs on the beautiful woman.

As the Biblical story unfolds, Bathsheba learns to deal with her hatred of David for taking another man’s wife both sexually and by murder, but also she has to forgive and love when one son dies and another is to be a future king. With Nathan’s prophetic visions, she is thankful the man of God repeatedly warns her of the bloodshed cursed upon the king’s house.

With some liberties taken to enhance the Biblical story, the author has provided a different but realistic viewpoint of the famous story from two perspectives of a once-scorned woman, having been unwillingly forced to become one of King David’s many wives and produce the heir to his throne.

Author Angela Hunt has written over one hundred books, mostly novels focusing on the Bible’s characters. Having won several prestigious awards, she lives with her husband and dogs in Florida.

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Shepherd, Potter, Spy and the Star Namer

Title: Shepherd, Potter, Spy and the Stan Namer
Author: Peggy Miracle Consolver
Publisher: Carpenter’s Son Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-942587-09-5

“We trust the Star Namer is watching over us and that good will triumph over evil. We choose to live our lives on the side of good, not evil,” Keshub’s father explains to his son in Peggy Miracle Consolver’s novel,  Shepherd, Potter, Spy and the Star Tamer.

This three hundred and twenty page paperback targets those that enjoy Biblical historical fiction from the Old Testament. Topics of bullying and war may not be appropriate for immature readers. With a dedication, acknowledgments, list of characters and relationships, and prologue, there are forty-six chapters, ending with a letter to the readers and ten discussion questions. The New International Version of the Holy Bible is referenced.

In this historical fiction based on Joshua and the Hebrews entering into the land of Canaan, almost thirteen year old Keshub is not thrilled about being the fifth son of a well-known potter’s family. He would rather use his slingshot to ward off bears and lions as he protects the sheep in Gibeon.

When the ruthless Amorite king of Jerusalem, Adoni-Zedek, announces all young men are to enlist in his army to attack the Hebrews, his son, Bin-Zedek, befriends Keshub when the Gibeonite protects him as well as one of the king’s harem.

From Moses dying on Mount Nebo and the Israelites spying the land of milk and honey, the author includes the Jews’ “what-is-it” manna, Tabernacle, God’s cloud, march on Jericho, crossing the Jordan, making a treaty with the Gibeonites, and having the sun stand still. Interjections are also included from one Jewish teen’s viewpoint throughout the story.

Told mainly from the perspective of a young Gibeon who is picked on by a bully, witnesses a sibling’ marriage, meets the king, becomes a slave to Joshua, and wonders if the Star Namer is the same as Israeli’s God, the book has a plethora of both historical and fictional characters. Although somewhat slow at times and a myriad of characters to remember, it follows Biblical accuracy with some liberties taken.

Sunday school teacher for over thirty-five years, author Consolver was born and raised in Oklahoma. She and her husband have been married for forty-eight years, and they have two children and five grandchildren.

Thanks to the Book Club Network and Carpenter’s Son Publishing for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.

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Noah’s Voyage

Noah's Voyage (I Can Read! / Adventure Bible)Title: Noah’s Voyage
Illustrator: David Miles
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74683-6

“There is going to be a flood. Build an ark. Then two of every creature, one male and one female, will come. Put them on the ark. Then wait,” God instructs Noah in the retold Bible story of Zonderkidz’s children’s book, Noah’s Voyage.

Part of the “I Can Read!” Adventure Bible series, this numbered thirty-two-page paperback targets children four to eight years old interested in knowing more about the Biblical story of Noah and the ark. Using the New International Version of the Bible, the story is taken from the Old Testament. Containing the concepts of obeying and trusting God, its level is for developing readers.

After a book-ownership page and message to parents regarding the “I Can Read!” series, illustrator Miles’s expressive and detailed designs fill both sides of the opened pages, leaving blank backgrounds for black wording in an easy-to-read font. The end of the book includes sections titled “People of the Bible” and “Did You Know.” There is also an advertisement for three other books in the Adventure Bible Family series.

Following well-known Biblical events, this charming and engaging rendition is of God telling Noah He loves him and asks the six-hundred-year-old man to build an ark since the people did not follow God’s rules.

Noah and his three sons work hard and build the massive boat. God brings the animals in pairs to the ark, and they are assembled on the top, middle, and bottom floors of the huge ship. After God closes the window, the floodwaters appear, and it rains for forty days and forty nights, covering all the land.

Noah, his family, and the animals are safe. After one hundred and fifty days, the water began to recede. Noah sent several birds free to fly, making sure the land had reappeared. In the end, Noah built an altar to God and thanked Him for keeping them safe. God put a rainbow in the sky, promising never to flood the earth again.

Although the book does not go into detail of the tragic story not in the ark dying in the rising waters, it is Biblically sound. The story offers children a glimpse at how powerful and loving the Creator of the universe was to save Noah and his family.

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Jesus Shows God’s Love

Jesus Shows God's Love (The Beginner's Bible)Title: Jesus Shows God’s Love
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74148-0

“And everyone, the young and the old that heard Jesus and the disciples speak, knew that God loved them very much,” the story of Jesus’s ministry concludes in Zonderkidz’s children’s book, Jesus Shows God’s Love.

Part of The Beginner’s Bible series, this twenty-four page paperback targets children four to eight years old interested in knowing more about a portion of Jesus’s life on earth. Using the New International Reader’s Version of the Bible, the story is taken from the Gospels in the New Testament. Due to the amount of wording, 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. This reviewer wished all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

With a Bible verse from Matthew 3:17 written out under the book’s title, the story begins on the special day that Jesus was born and ends abruptly with Jesus talking to others about God’s love for them. Focusing mainly on His ministry, there is no suggestion of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins or the eternal plan of salvation.

Stating Jesus grew up like everyone else, the story progresses that He became a good and kind man. The explanation of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus is given. Also added is Jesus finding His twelve disciples with two pictures of them that include their individual names. The remainder of the book is Jesus telling His disciples about the love of God, and they, including Christ, explaining the same message of love to many others.

All artwork by an unmentioned illustrator is in ovals on almost every page. The designs are in full color with expressive characters mostly smiling. There are no scary scenes; only Judas Iscariot has a shifty eyes.

With mostly simplistic wording that a beginner reader can comprehend, the book offers a glimpse at what Jesus did when He was on earth before He was crucified and resurrected. Reminding children that Jesus always promoted God’s love, children may enjoy this innocuous read that only focuses on the beginning of His ministry with no mention of His many miracles.

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Bible Story Favorites

Bible Story Favorites (I Can Read! / The Beginner's Bible)Title: Bible Story Favorites
Editor: Mary Hassinger
Illustrators: Kelly Pulley and Paul Trice
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-72829-0

Bible Story Favorites features the amazing stories of five favorites of the faith using artwork from the beloved The Beginner’s Bible and easy-to-read vocabulary perfect for children just learning to read!” the back jacket cover states in Zondervan’s children’s book.

Part of The Beginner’s Bible series, this one hundred and sixty page hardbound targets young children from four to eight years old. With its thick cardboard cover, it contains five well-known stories taken from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible along with a matching audible CD. With no violent scenes except Joseph being thrown into a pit, Jonah in the water, and Jesus on a cross, 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. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

With colorful but easy-to-decipher illustrations, the cartoon designs show happy characters in the five stories titled “Adam and Eve in the Garden,” “Moses and the Princess,” “Joseph and His Brothers,” “Jonah and the Big Fish,” and “Jesus Saves the World.” With drawings on every page, there is ample room for simplistic one-word sentences against white backgrounds.

Showing a well-covered but naked Adam and Eve, an Egyptian princess crying to keep Moses safe, a drought in the land of Canaan, the insides of a big fish, and the legs of Jesus dying on the cross, the innocuous stories also offer the simple plan of eternal salvation.

The corresponding CD is helpful and engaging, having male and female narrators with complimentary background noises to promote visualization of the storyline. A bell sound is made to remind readers to turn the pages as they follow along.

Listed as an I Can Read! book, it is ideal for emergent readers, although some of the words may be hard for beginners. This book and CD pack would make an enjoyable, educational gift to begin the process of teaching young ones to read the stories of God and the Bible.

Starting his career designing artwork on t-shirts, illustrator Pulley has worked on over a dozen of The Beginner’s Bible series books the last ten years.

Thanks to Zondervan for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.

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Timeless Children’s Stories: Collector’s Edition

Beginner's Bible Collector's Edition: Timeless Children's Stories (The Beginner's Bible)Title: Timeless Children’s Stories: Collector’s Edition
Editor: Catherine DeVries
Illustrator: Kelly Pulley
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-70962-6

“Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more as they discover The Beginner’s Bible just like millions of children before,” the back jacket book cover states in Zondervan’s children’s collector’s set.

Part of The Beginner’s Bible series, this five hundred and twelve page hardbound targets young children from four to eight years old.  The thick cardboard holder contains a book of over ninety well-known stories taken from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible along with a fold-out jacket that holds one corresponding DVD and two matching audible CDs. 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. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

The book presents ninety-four stories that range from one to eleven pages each with a dictionary of over thirty terms at its end. Each story has a title with referenced Bible verses listed. Having colorful but easy-to-decipher illustrations, the cartoon designs show expressive characters on every page; there is ample room under each for a few sentences written on white backgrounds.

The matching animated DVD shows the same pictures as the book. The stories are read out loud with music, but there are no words on the screen shots. Approximately one hundred and twenty minutes long, it is divided into four sections so that one can pick Old or New Testament stories or application and curriculum choices.

The corresponding CDs have stories that are thirty-four seconds to over two minutes long. Entertaining and engaging, the male and female narrators combined with music and complimentary background noises promote visualization of the storyline.

This book and audio/video pack would make an enjoyable, educational gift to teach young ones about the stories of God and the Bible while they read or listen to the stories and watch the DVD. In addition to this collector’s set, online games and activities can be viewed at http://www.thebeginnersbible.com.

Starting his career designing artwork on t-shirts, illustrator Pulley has worked on over a dozen of The Beginner’s Bible series books the last ten years.

Thanks to Zondervan for furnishing this complimentary edition in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.

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The Baby Beginner’s Bible: Noah’s Ark

Baby Beginner's Bible: Noah's Ark (The Beginner's Bible)Title: Noah’s Ark
Editor: Barbara Herndon
Illustrator: Kelly Pulley
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-73634-9

“Cuddle with your little one and discover the powerful story of Noah’s ark told especially for the smallest children through simple words and vivid, captivating illustrations,” the back jacket cover states in Zondervan’s children’s book, The Baby Beginner’s Bible: Noah’s Ark.

Part of The Baby Beginner’s Bible series, this small fourteen-page board book targets young ones from birth to five years old. With its thick cardboard pages having rounded corners, it contains the story of Noah and his ark taken from the Old Testament of the Holy Bible. With no 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.

With colorful and simplistic but easy-to-decipher illustrations, the cartoon designs show happy characters of Noah and his family along with dogs, bears, horses, rabbits, snakes, ducks, and a myriad of other animals. Under each illustration are single words such as Noah, family, build, ark, animals, rain, calm, bird, land, and rainbow.

Containing a two-page condensed version from Genesis 6 through 9 at the back of the book, an adult can read out loud the well-known story but may have to flip back and forth to the corresponding renditions. Not mentioning that everyone outside of the ark perished when the waters rose or including the Almighty within the artworks, the book does explain that God told Noah to build the ark and protected his family and him.

With repetitive viewing of the words that match their pictures, young children can memorize letters of the alphabet and how to spell words. Although some of the words are more complicated, a little one can trace his or her finger over the decent-sized letters, find the spotted puppy throughout the pages, name the bright colors, and count the paired animals.

This board book is a nice size to be used when traveling in a car, attending a church service, or reading at bedtime. It would make an excellent gift to begin the process of teaching young ones the stories of God and the Bible.

There are no detailed author and illustrator information or biographies given; the Bible version used is not provided.

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Lift the Flap Bible

Lift the Flap Bible (Candle Tiny Tots)Title: Lift the Flap Bible
Text by: Karen Williamson
Illustrator: Louise Angelicas
Publisher: Candle Books
ISBN: 978-1-78128-130-7

“Eight best-loved Bible stories – all with peek-a-boo flaps. Lots to look out for in this busy interactive board book,” the back jacket prompts in Karen Williamson’s children’s book, Lift the Flap Bible.

Part of the Candle Tiny Tots series, this square hardbound of sixteen pages targets children two to four years old who enjoy board books with hidden flaps. Having minor scary scenes containing skulls, bones, and roaring lions, it contains eight stories from the Holy Bible.

Illustrator Louise Angelicas’s expressive and charming designs fill both sides of the opened pages, leaving solid backgrounds for black wording in an easy-to-read font. With almost thirty inserted flaps to lift, the drawings are engaging and entertaining.

As readers view four stories from the Old Testament of Noah’s ark, Moses in the basket, Daniel in the lion’s den, and Jonah and the big fish. The four New Testament stories are Jesus’s birth, His feeding the five thousand, the Shepherd finding His lost sheep, and Jesus healing the sick. When the flaps are opened, children can visualize the joy and happiness that God gives to the scene.

One example would be when Jonah is inside a great fish. The wording states “A huge fish has swallowed Jonah. Lift the flaps to find out what happens to the boat – and to poor Jonah.” A large flap shows a boat being tossed in the sea with its occupants alarmed, but once opened, the crew is happy, and the waters are calm. The other large flap has a picture of Jonah inside the belly of the fish, and when lifted, the fish is spewing out the man on a beach. The two small flaps are of a bird who flies and a camel looking up at Jonah on the beach.

With plenty of animals such as cats, dogs, birds, fish, and camels, the facial expressions of the people sometimes turn sadness into joy and sorrow into happiness. 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.

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