Adventure Bible Storybook Deluxe Edition
Wonderful Gift Idea
Seeing as I am always on the lookout for new ways to teach my preschooler about the bible and the stories within I was so excited to get the Adventure Bible Storybook Deluxe Edition, from Zondervan, to review. ItÃ¢ÂÂs the perfect set for any preschooler and even elementary age kids to learn about all the wonderful stories the bible has inside.
The Adventure Bible Storybook has amazing full color graphics, spilling over every page of this hardcover book, illustrating some of the greatest stories ever recorded. You start at the beginning of the book with the story of creation and follow along, through all the stories you were taught as a kid in Sunday school, until you get to the end where the promise of JesusÃ¢ÂÂ return is fortold.
Through the book, as you read the stories, there are little tidbits of information and verses to remember in the Adventure Discovery and Words to Treasure parts of this book. Every story has these sections to help reinforce the teachings of the story that was just read.
Now, the best part about the Deluxe Edition is the 2 CD (1 for the old testament and 1 for the new) set that comes with it. It reads the ENTIRE book, from beginning to end, for your children. This way, if your child is still a to little to read or they are working on their reading skills, the Cds can help them along the way. There is even realistic background noises so your child will feel like they are right in the middle of the story.
This would make a wonderful gift for children during Christmas time. What better gift to give than the stories of the bible in a beautifully illustrated book along with Cds to make them feel like they are a part of history.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.*
November 5, 2013
The Adventure Bible Story Book: Deluxe Edition, written by Catherine DeVries, illustrated by Jim Madsen, is a wonderful children's introduction Bible.
This Adventure Bible Story Book is perfect for those who are just being introduced to the Word of God. It carries children through 23 stories found in the Old Testament and 28 from the New Testament. The stories are written in an easily understood format, so easy that even those beginning to embrace the joys of reading will have few, if any, problems understanding the narrative of each story.
The illustrations in this publication are simply amazing. They bring to life the specific aspects of each Bible story. Not only do they enhance the story, they transform the entire reading experience. The illustrations for each story comprise of four to six pages, each illustration running across two pages.
Another wonderful aspect of this Deluxe Set are the two listening CDs. For those too young to read, there is the opportunity to listen to the story as they examine the illustrations upon the pages while sitting at home or riding in the car. Either way, the listening CDs will provide a great beginning to what will hopefully be a lifetime of Biblical reception.
The Adventure Bible Storybook would be a wonderful addition to any family. Thus it is a recommended purchase.
Dr. Jeff Krupinski
October 29, 2013
The Adventure Bible Storybook, Deluxe Edition, by Catherine DeVries, is incredible. Beautifully illustrated by Jim Madsen, it includes fifty Bible stories written in a simple, yet exciting, manner for young children. Each story begins with the Bible reference, so one could read the actual story from the Bible if desired. Each one ends with an Adventure Discovery, a bit of more detailed information pertaining to the story, as well as Words to Treasure, a Bible verse that could be easily used as a memory verse.
The Deluxe Edition enriches the Bible reading with two audio CDs. Each story in the book is presented on the CDs with character voices, music, and sound effects. In addition, the website listed, www.AdventureBible.com, is a wealth of extra Bible games and activities for children to extend their Christian education.
I highly recommend this childrenÃ¢ÂÂs Bible. It would be a welcome addition to any home library or church program. It would definitely enhance a Sunday School or ChildrenÃ¢ÂÂs Church service. I especially liked the incredible illustrations and the audio CDs, both sure to draw the attention of young children.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
October 17, 2013
Beautiful illust, simple message, needs page chime
The Adventure Bible Storybook (Deluxe Edition) includes the complete hardbound Adventure Bible Storybook, as well as 2 full audio CDs within a nice hard, open case. The stories found in the book are written by Catherine DeVries, and illustrated by Jim Madsen. Directed toward an audience of 4-7 year olds, it's purpose is to introduce them in a creative, adventurous way to many of the most well known stories found in the Bible (as well as the Adventure Bible Family series). The audio CDs read word-for-word with each story, while also capturing the attention and stimulating the imagination of the children through music, sound effects and multiple male and female character voices. The first disc contains 23 stories from the Old Testament. The second disc contains 28 stories from the New Testament. When quoted, Scripture is taken from the NIrV.
I sat next to my four year old son as I wrote this review. He exclaimed multiple times, "I like this new Bible storybook and it's music!", but even more often, he stated, "Please stay next to me on the couch, Mommy, because I need lots of help." With those two statements, my son summarized this book for me.
It is a beautifully illustrated book with vivid , detailed drawings. Although it is a wonderful book, as my son stated (and it's title confirms), it is just that... a storybook. For this reason, although I know it will be well-loved by my children, I will not replace it with the Bibles we currently use to teach our children (The Beginners Bible, 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible, and the KJV Bible). Each story is elaborated, some more than others (eg- the story, "Food from Heaven", is told from the perspective of a little boy); in addition some stories start in the middle or end of the story from the character's perspective, before recalling back to what had taken place beforehand (eg- Samson is pushing the pillars, and Daniel is already in the lions den). There are still Biblical truths within the stories and I could foresee myself using the references listed at the beginning of the story to read to my children the actual account before they listened to the narrative. At the end of each story is an "Adventure Discovery", which give a little factoid to either reiterate a theme or expound upon the story. There is also a "Words to Treasure" section that usually, but not always has a theme verse from that particular story. With the exception of a few stories (Psalms 23, Proverbs and Christ's return), those are the only quoted Scripture.
Now for my biggest gripe... as my son stated, to use the audio, a child who is not reading pretty decently will need help knowing when to turn the pages. My son loves listening to various adventures on CD (eg- Patch the Pirate), as well as read-along books rented from the library. For the read-along books, there is always a chime, or the sound of a page turning... something to cue the child to turn the page. The CDs in this edition unfortunately have no such cue. So as my son listened to all of the CDs (in two sittings!), I was nearby, constantly glancing down so that he knew when to turn the page. The only exception was when they read the Bible verse at the end of each story. He listened for them to say the word "Treasure" and would then quickly turn the page. Because of this inconvenience, I'm not sure how often he will want to sit and listen to these stories if I am not present. My only other issues (the use of NIrV and simple messages) are arguably minor, based on personal preference and understandable for the audience it is directed towards. In conclusion, I would recommend this deluxe edition, but if Zonderkidz were to make any changes before another printing, I'd highly advocate putting a cue to turn the pages!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ® book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255
October 16, 2013