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Adventure Bible Handbook: A Wild Ride Through the Bible

Adventure Bible Handbook: A Wild Ride Through the BibleTitle: Adventure Bible Handbook: A Wild Ride Through the Bible
Authors: Robin Schmitt & David Frees
Illustrator: Craig Philips
Publisher: Zonderkids
ISBN: 978-0-310-72575-6

“I don’t believe it! We’re in the Garden of Eden. And look! There’s Adam and Eve!,” Tyler exclaims in Robin Schmitt and Daved Frees’s book, Adventure Bible Handbook: A Wild Wide Through the Bible.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-forty-page paperback targets children ages nine to twelve years old who want a somewhat comprehensive study of the books of the Bible that include an adventure story. Using comic strips, thumbnails, photographs, maps, Biblical stories, and information, it references the New International Reader’s Version of the Bible. The beginning has a Bible book page reference and guide while the ending includes Scripture and subject indexes as well as an image guide.

In this handbook, there is a running cartoon story about a family that time-travel to find their father by seeing the different characters and stories from every book in the Bible. The cartoons are on the bottom half of most pages while the top half cover information and data regarding the topic in the Bible based on its book, not chronological order. In the end, not only do the children locate their dad, they give their hearts to Jesus and learn about His love.

~ Why ~
Containing many interesting facts and features about the Word of God, this book immediately captured my attention as an adult. While the cartoons may engage preteens, the Biblical applications and layout were interesting.

~ Why Not ~
For those who want nothing to do with learning about the God of the universe, this would not be a good choice. There were several Biblical errors and avoidances (Mary being a virgin) along with mentioning of the Catholic Church in the Apostle’s Creed that may concern some Christians.

~ Who ~
Author Schmitt has written several books for adults and children. Author Frees has been an editor and content developer for twelve years. Both authors and their families live in Michigan. No information is included on the illustrator, Philips.

~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence and that the eternal plan of salvation was more concise and spelled-out for young readers.

~ Want ~
If your preteen is at the spiritual level of yearning to learn more about God’s Word and the history and people of Biblical times, this is a good choice, but be aware there are errors.

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NIV Adventure Bible

NIV*Adventure Bible (Full Color)-HCTitle: NIV Adventure Bible
Features by Lawrence O. Richards
Publisher: Zonderkids
ISBN: 978-0-310-72746-0

“Are you ready to discover God’s Word and apply it to your life? Then the Adventure Bible is for you,” editor Lawrence O. Richards writes in the introduction of this edition of the Scriptures.

~ What ~
At over fourteen-hundred-and-sixty pages, this hardbound targets children ages nine to twelve years old who want their own Bible. With added inserts, sidebars, illustrations, and maps, it is the New International Version with full-color additions.

With almost two dozen thicker insert pages, their topics include how to use the book, the ABCs of becoming a Christian, the Ten Commandments, verses to look up based on emotions, famous prophets, children, and people in the Bible, the Love Passage, how to pray, a two-week reading plan of Jesus’s life, what He taught, and His disciples to name a few.

~ Why
With book introductions explaining the who, why, what, and when, this version is a learning tool for young children. I appreciated the highlighted sections that concentrate on themes such as Words to Treasure, Did You Know?, People or Life in Bible Times, and Live It! It was thoughtful to have the ending include a subject index, dictionary, charts, and maps similar to regular Bibles.

~ Why Not ~
This book should be cherished by the holder so giving it to a toddler or a young child who does not understand its value would not be ideal. Also, the paper is thin, so often the words and design show through which may challenge some readers.

~ Who ~
An author and speaker, Richards has written over two hundred Christian books including commentaries.

~ Wish ~
Being a fan of the King James Version, I wish this book was available in that format also. It would be helpful if the paper were a little thicker for viewing purposes.

~ Want ~
If your young child is old enough to get his or her first Bible, this is an excellent choice as it promotes reading God’s Word and has additional information that will engage and encourage learning about God and His love.

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The Beginner’s Bible Holy Bible

NIrV Beginner's Bible, Holy Bible (The Beginner's Bible)Title: The Beginner’s Bible: Holy Bible
Publisher: ZonderKidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74356-9

“Great! You’ll love how you can read this Bible all by yourself. The print is easy to read and The Beginner’s Bible art is fun and will help you better understand the stories in the Bible,” the back jacket states of this New International Reader’s Version of the Holy Bible.

Targeted toward children six to ten years old who want a Bible to call their own, this one has a sturdy hardbound cover. Containing violence and adult situations, some of the iconic contents may not be appropriate for immature readers. At 2,048 pages in length, the New International Readers Version is geared for more simplistic viewing. Although the print is in a decent-sized font, the paper is thin, so words bleed through the pages.

Typical of the NIvR, this contains several pages about the particular version, both the Old and New Testaments, a dictionary, and a list of one hundred and fifty famous Bible stories by title and book location. In the verses, numbers are numerical, not written out, some key language is omitted, and antiquated pronouns such as thee and thou are changed.

Since it is part of The Beginner’s Bible series, the book has twenty full-color, full page illustrations of stories in the Bible. The first two drawings are at the beginning on two presentation pages, with a place to write in the recipient’s name, giver, date given, age of the recipient, and reason given.  Placed routinely throughout the pages and not near the stories’ locations, the artworks cover characters such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Elijah, David, and Jonah from the Old Testament. The New Testament pictures are mostly about Jesus and His miracles, death on the cross, and resurrection.

This book would be a nice first Bible for a young child who is beginning to read and understand its well-known stories, as he or she searches for more information. It is a reasonable progression for those who enjoy The Beginner’s Bible series products and are ready to read directly from the Word of God.

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars.

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Brave Queen Esther

Brave Queen Esther (I Can Read! / Adventure Bible)Title: Brave Queen Esther
Illustrator: David Miles
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74666-9

“Esther was afraid. She knew if she went to the king she would be in danger. But Esther also knew God would want her to be brave. She prayed for courage,” the Bible story is retold in Zonderkidz’s children’s book, Brave Queen Esther.

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 Queen Esther. Using the New International Version of the Bible, the story is taken from the Old Testament. Containing the concepts of punishment, boldness, and trust, 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 Bible events, this charming and engaging rendition of Esther saving the Jewish people from elimination is simple and direct. Explaining how Esther lived wither her older cousin, Mordecai, they are both Jews living during the Persian Empire. Although the story does not explain exactly how Esther became queen, it continues how she enjoys her new position.

When Mordecai is hated by Haman and learns of the evil man’s plan to get rid of the Jewish people, the cousin asks Esther to stop the king from making a decree. Esther is scared but invites the king and Haman to dinner where she informs the king he has been tricked. The ending shows Haman is arrested and to be punished while Mordecai is given an important job. Everyone is happy the Jews are saved.

Although the book does not go into detail of the graphic story of trying to annihilate Jews, its innocuous presentation will not frighten readers but show how God helps others through trusting in Him. With simplistic wording that a beginner reader can readily comprehend, it is a great teaching tool involving an old Bible story.

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The NIrV Sequin Bible

Sequin Bible, NIrVTitle: The NIrV Sequin Bible
Publisher: ZonderKidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74500-6

“With a trendy design embellished with sequins and sparkle, the NIrV Sequin Bible helps you   express your style wherever you go – home, church, school, and everywhere in between!” the back of the gift box states.

Targeted toward girls six to ten years old who want their special “bling” Bible that is different from anyone else, this one arrives in a hot pink sturdy box with a clear window showing the Bible’s front cover.

On its cover is a red and black ladybug designed by tiny sequins. The canvas cover has pink, white, and orange flowers with silver glitter on the front and back jacket. When handling, it is noted the glitter does wear off and sticks to one’s hands and clothes.

At eleven hundred and fifty-two pages, the hardbound Bible is the New International Readers Version geared for more simplistic viewing. With its flex-cover, the book can lay flat to read when opened. Although the print is small and the paper is thin so words bleed through, inside hot pink flaps are eye-catching.

Typical of the NIvR, this contains several pages about the particular version, both the Old and New Testaments, a dictionary, and a list of ninety-two great Bible stories by title and book location. In the verses, large numbers are numerical, not written out, some key language is omitted, and antiquated pronouns such as thee and thou are changed.

If a young girl is into having a “cute and pretty” Bible to carry around, this choice would be ideal, hoping she would open it often to read and study God’s Word. For girls who like bright, flashy products and need a visual aide, it would make a nice gift.

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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Little Chick’s Bible

Little Chick's BibleTitle: Little Chick’s Bible
Author: P.J. Lyons
Illustrator: Melanie Mitchell
Publisher: ZonderKidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74780-2

“Moses in a basket boat,
By his mama set afloat.
Hiding him from someone mean,
In the marsh grass, tall and green.
A princess at the river’s side
Found the basket. Moses cried.
So she raised him as her own
And kept him safe ‘til he was grown.”
P.J. Lyons writes in her children’s book, Little Chick’s Bible.

This sixteen-page board book targets two to five-year-old children who enjoy stories about the Bible. With no extremely scary or violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

Author Lyons has written several children’s Bible books and currently lives in Michigan. Illustrator Mitchell’s full-page colorful drawings cover every right side of the opened pages, with happy facial expressions that will capture a child’s interest. A simplistic black font is on the left side of the page with a yellow chick drawing at the bottom.

The first thing a reader notices is the soft fabric cover portraying a yellow chick with a short pull-out beak and wings on the front. The book includes an easy-to-open clear plastic snap pouch for protection with a cardboard insertion mentioning its contents.

Inside, the left sides of the pages contain the stories’ titles with Bible verses listed underneath. Eight rhyming lines are stated, which may be confusing to some young readers. The engaging illustration is on the opposite page.

Containing eight stories from the Bible that have some duplication of other authored books, there are four each from the Old and New Testaments. This one includes creation, Noah, Moses, David, Jesus’s birth, the Good Samaritan, Jesus’s feeding the people, and His death and resurrection. Noah’s ark full of animals is tossing on the sea while Goliath looks mad as David smiles. There is no depiction of Christ on the cross, but an angel telling others of His resurrection.

Although the book lacks the eternal plan of salvation or why Jesus had to die on the cross for our sins, it does promote several stories of the Holy Bible.  Young ones may want to cuddle with the soft chick-clad book and need to be prompted to learn the stories inside that have little to do with the animal that is included in only one of the illustrations.

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The A to Z Guide to Bible Signs & Symbols

Title: The A to Z Guide to Bible Signs & Symbols
Authors: Neil Wilson and Nancy Ryken Taylor
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 978-0-8010-1479-6

“The value of signs, symbols, and prophecy is partly in their capacity to provoke our curiosity, but they come to their full significance when we remember that they all point to God and our never-ending need to understand and to respond to him more fully,” Neil Nelson and Nancy Ryken Taylor write in their book, The A to Z Guide to Bible Signs & Symbols: Understanding Their Meaning and Significance.

This two hundred and eighty-eight page targets those looking for a simplistic resource explaining the signs and symbols in the Holy Bible. The Bible versions references are God’s Word, the ESB, KVJ, NASB, NIV, NKJV, and NLT. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

Author Wilson is a graduate of Aurora College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and has written several books. Author Ryken Taylor is a freelance writer and editor for hundreds of published books, mainly regarding Christianity and theology.

After an introduction, over one hundred topics are described in alphabetical order, ending with image credits and three other books from the publisher. Full-color photographs grace the pages with inserts, illustrations, and designs.

Covering two open pages, each subject has a title on the left side of the page, usually with a photograph and several paragraphs related to it. Within its contents are Bible verses referenced, not written. After usually three sections of discussion, a key verse is given. A cream-colored insert completes the topic, generally from a famous person such as Nancy Guthrie, John MacArthur, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, and Rick Warren to name a few. There is no way to look up these contributors in the back of the book.

Topics range from numbers, colors, plants, and places to cities, animals, objects, and individuals. One can read about Black, Circumcision, Darkness, Eden, Fish, Grapes, Honey, Leprosy, Mirror, Oil, Purim, Rome, Silver, Three, Wilderness, and Zion and learn a little about each.

One example would be Locusts, mentioned in Leviticus, Job, Proverbs, Nahum, Joel, Mark, and Revelation. Explaining the insects were voracious eaters during the Egyptian plague, they are usually used as an image of terror and destruction, representing swift and devastating judgment. The key verse is from Joel 2:25 and there is a quote from C.H. Spurgeon.

Although this is a small sampling explaining signs and symbols found in the Bible, its quick and to-the-point presentation offers ease of use and information.

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Little Bunny’s Bible

Little Bunny's BibleTitle: Little Bunny’s Bible
Author: P.J. Lyons
Illustrator: Melanie Mitchell
Publisher: ZonderKidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74444-3

“Jesus loved with arms out wide
When on the cross he hung and died.
He was buried in a cave.
Three days later at the grave,
Angels told his friends, “Don’t fear.
Jesus lives: he isn’t here.”
Then Christ opened heaven’s door,
Where he lives forevermore.”
P.J. Lyons writes in her children’s book, Little Bunny’s Bible.

This sixteen-page board book targets two to five-year-old children who enjoy stories about the Bible. With no extremely scary or violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

Author Lyons has written two other children’s Bible books and currently lives in Michigan. Illustrator Mitchell’s full-page colorful drawings cover every right side of the opened pages, with happy facial expressions that will capture a child’s interest. A simplistic black font is on the left side of the page with a gray bunny drawing at the bottom.

The first thing a reader notices is the soft fabric cover portraying a large furry bunny on the front of it. The book includes an easy-to-open clear plastic snap pouch for protection with a cardboard insertion mentioning its contents.

Inside, the left sides of the pages contain the stories’ titles with Bible verses listed underneath. Eight rhyming lines are stated, which may be confusing to some young readers. The engaging illustration is on the opposite page.

Containing eight stories from the Bible, there are four each from the Old and New Testaments. They include creation, Noah, Daniel, Jonah, Jesus’s birth, the lost lamb, Jesus’s feeding the people, and His death and resurrection. Daniel’s lions look contented and tame while Jonah’s sea trip has great fish with a smile on its face. There is no depiction of Christ on the cross, but an angel telling others of His resurrection.

Although the book lacks the eternal plan of salvation or why Jesus had to die on the cross for our sins, it does promote several of the key stories of the Holy Bible.  Young ones may want to cuddle with the soft bunny-clad book and need to be prompted learn the important stories inside that have little to do with the furry animal.

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Bible Favorites: One Sentence Storybooks

Bible Favorites (One Sentence Storybooks)Title: Bible Favorites (One Sentence Storybooks)
Author: Nancy I. Sanders
Illustrator: Hannah Wood
Publisher: Tyndale Kids / Focus on the Family
ISBN: 978-1-589-97799-0

“The angel on the hill pushed the stone from the cave,” the tenth book in the series states in Nancy I. Sanders’s children’s book, Bible Favorites (One Sentence Storybooks).

Published by Focus on the Family and Tyndale Kids, this ten paperback collection targets ages three to five years old who want to learn simple Bible stories. With no scary scenes or profanity, they would make ideal bedtime or quiet time stories read out loud to beginner readers. The New International Reader’s Version of the Holy Bible is used. The illustrations by Hanna Wood are colorful and simplistic for children to understand.

Displayed in a cardboard box with an easy-to-open Velcro flap, ten stories containing twelve pages each are inserted. Also added is an advertisement card for a Christian children’s magazine subscription.

With five stories from both the Old and New Testaments, the Creation, Noah’s Ark, Moses and the Bush, David and Goliath, the City Wall, Jesus’s Birth, Jesus Walking on Water, the Good Shepherd, the Prodigal Son, and Jesus’s Resurrection are given in one short sentence each.

Usually beginning with the noun of a sentence on the first page with an accompanied design, the next couple pages add the verb and more phrases and clauses, building a complete sentence with repetition and artwork. The tenth page contains four pictures and matching words to the story, while the eleventh page has a Biblical truth to learn, a written out Bible verse to memorize, and a short prayer. The final page has three activities found in prior pages relating to color, an object, and a specific word.

One example would be Book Number 7, “Jesus on the Water,” which states:
One Sentence: “The men in the boat saw Jesus walk on water.”
One Truth: “The disciples’ faith grew after they saw Jesus walk on water. Jesus really is the Son of God.”
One Verse: “Those in the boat worshiped Jesus. They said, ‘You really are the Son of God!’” – Matthew 14:33.
One Prayer: “Dear God, please help my faith grow stronger every day. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Activities engage the reader by pointing to something green, finding something with stripes, and reading a word that starts with the same sound of the word monkey (men).

Although there is no eternal plan of salvation, this is a wonderful start in a young one’s life to introduce stories from the Bible, especially about Jesus. Adorable and brief, the series will be enjoyed by those who love looking at pictures, seeing word repetition, and searching for answers while learning about God and His Word.

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Moses Leads the People

Title: Moses Leads the People
Illustrator: David Miles
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-73236-5

“Beginning at midnight, all of the firstborn sons of Egypt, people and animals, were struck down. But the Israelites who followed God’s instruction were protected,” the Bible story is retold in Zonderkidz’s children’s book, Moses Leads the People.

Part of the “I Can Read!” Adventure Bible series, this thirty-two page paperback targets children four to eight years old interested in knowing more about how Moses obeyed God. Using the New International Version of the Bible, the story is taken from Exodus in the Old Testament. Containing a few scary concepts involving the ten plagues, its reading level is for developing readers. This reviewer wished all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

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 in Bible Times” and “Words to Treasure.” There is also an advertisement for other books in the Adventure Bible Family series.

Following the well-known Bible events, this starts with God speaking to Moses from a burning bush, telling him to help the Israelites in Egypt by taking them to the Promise Land. With his brother, Aaron, and his family, they go to the foreign land, waiting for God’s next instruction.

When they meet with Pharaoh and ask permission to let the Israelites leave, he will not consent to it so God sends ten destructive plagues: water turned to blood, frogs, gnats, flies, death of livestock, boils, hail, locust, darkness, and death of each family’s firstborn son. However, any family that painted lamb’s blood on the door frame was protected.

The story continues with the Israelites leaving the land, and God guiding them with pillars of a cloud and fire. When the Egyptians chase after them, Moses separates the river’s waters, allowing safe passage on dry ground.

With simplistic wording that a beginner reader can easily comprehend, the book not only retells the Bible story correctly, it reminds children to listen to God’s commands and instructions. Although some of the pictures of plagues may produce thoughts of pain, torture and death, the book shows how obeying God is important.

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