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The Reformed Reader
4 Stars Out Of 5
Great for Children
November 15, 2011
The Reformed Reader
Bible Stories for Preschoolers
I have one daughter (Emma) who is almost two years old. I have a son (Isaiah) who due to arrive any day now. I am constantly looking for material that will spark their interest in God's word. My daughter is not yet at the preschool age (Praise God), but I still like to filter what she is reading, before she is able to get it into her hands. All too often children's books are moralistic or completely miss the point of the story. I look for books that are Christ-Centered and make biblical stories easy to remember. I was greatly encouraged when I received Monika Kustra and Andrzej Chalecki's Biblical Stories for Preschoolers. Their book takes the reader from creation and fall to redemption. The book is filled with lots of pictures. Another fun aspect about the book is that it goes past story-telling and into interacting with the child. Almost every lesson calls for the children to get involve or do something that pertains to the story. I have found that these actions, although silly at times are helpful reminders of the stories. Next, I know it may sound silly, but I think some of the stories contain illustrations or applications that are simple enough to be applied or used within a sermon. The book also has simplified scripture memory verses for preschoolers. Any time you can help child at that age memorize scripture, no matter how small, it is a success. I was thankful for this addition to the book. Finally, the book has a discussion section after every story. Children at this age need to know how to interpret these stories and understand their implications. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend it as a book for your children or as a gift to someone for their children.
Bible Stories for Preschoolers is a very nice book, especially for gift-giving. Overall, I thought the book was a very good book for preschoolers. The illustrations were very bright and colorful, but not too babyish. The stories were very engaging - they are all written for an adult to read to the preschooler - and are filled with some interactive questions throughout each of the stories, which I really liked.
At the end of each of the stories there is a family activity to do, which I thought was a very nice addition to the book, as well as a memory verse.
The only thing I (slightly) disliked about the book was that some of the pages had too many words on them, which lost my (just-turned) 3-year-old son's attention. But, overall, I really liked this book. It was a nice-sized book (432 pages) filled with lots of stories from the Bible - from Adam & Eve to Jonah from the Old Testament...and stories about Jesus from the New Testament. I think most preschoolers would really like this book. I also think it's a great book to read together as a family, especially with the extra questions that are written into the stories and the activities at the end of the chapters.
Disclosure of Material Connection: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. 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 Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Looking for a Bible for a child who doesn't read well is difficult. I have found their either small books with a few of the Bible stories or books which look more like a Bible that have lots of words and few pictures. This week Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of Bible Stories for Preschoolers in exchange for my review which didn't have to be positive.
When the package arrived this week, my daughters and I were excited to rip apart the packaging. As I uncovered the book my youngest who is 5 actually gasped and yelled "Look Mama, it's Jesus!"
This is a wonderful book, my daughter is in Grade 1 and can read some of the words but it's really the illustrations which bring it to life for her. She spends hours with this fantastic book, we read the stories together and then I hear her saying them again to herself as she looks at the images. We have really enjoyed doing the exercises at the end of the stories together.
helpful 4 families reading kids Bible 4 first time
October 6, 2011
We own 5 children's Bibles, as well as numerous books of individual Bible stories, so we have a pretty broad set to compare any newly published children's Bible against. How does Bible Stories for Preschoolers compare?
First off: the illustrations. Illustrations are of paramount importance in any children's book, so in this case, I suggest you do judge the book by its cover, as the cover illustration is on par with rest of the book. Myself, I found the drawing to be fairly weak, about the level I would expect from the star pupil in a high school art class. However, my husband actually liked the illustrations, primarily for their departure from the typical. And our daughter (almost 4 years old) gave them as much focus as the illustrations in any other book. So, this is clearly a point of personal preference. Do you like the cover?
Looking past the esthetics, I appreciate the level of detail maintained in the Bible stories in this book. This Bible offers more detail than Read 'n' See DVD Bible, targeted for the same age group. Further, it remains more true to the original tone of the Bible than The Jesus Storybook Bible, a popular, but quirky, children's Bible.
One feature that many families may benefit from is the inclusion of discussion questions and short activities after each story. This feature will be most beneficial for families who haven't previously thought to discuss their readings, and those whose talents don't include a creative bent. For us, Bible story discussion is already a part of our lives, so the included questions seemed obvious. And creative Bible activities are part of our weekly schedule, again, with the included activities seeming fairly basic. So these features didn't enhance the product in our case, but might help families who are just getting started.
I received this book free from Tyndale House Publisher for the purpose of providing my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review.