My two grandchildren like stories read to them every night before bedtime. What a great book of Bible stories. An extra bonus was the CDs containing songs and stories as well. They both liked their OWN book of Bible stories and enjoy singing to the CDs.
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs is a childrens Bible-story book written by Stephen Elkins. Elkins takes familiar Bible stories and characters and devotes 2 pages to each of them - condensing the story into one paragraph and providing a cartoon picture on the opposite page. This book has two cds containing a song for each story/character in the Bible. This book is wonderful for providing short devotionals for a toddler. Combining songs with colorful cartoon pictures and stories is a wonderful way to capture toddlers attention.This book is not a Bible, and it is important to understand that when reading it. Because the stories are condensed so much, many details of the stories are missing. This book is best for very young children.
This book/cd combo is great! I teach 3-5 year old Bible study and it's a great tool to use as follow up for the lesson. In two pages it has the story an aim and life application, illustrations are very colorful and pages are sturdy. The cd's are great for background music during free play time. I have purchased this book for my grandchildren!
I gave Stephen Elkins book "100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs", the ultimate test. I handed it to my two grand-daughters ages 6 and 8. These are girls who only get to church occasionally, and most Bible stories are still pretty new to them. Last Easter we gave them a childrens Bible, so now the youngest has two books that she calls her God Books. Whatd they think? They quickly scanned through the pages, stopping to read a couple of the stories, and were excited for me to play them the music CDs. Each CD contains 50 songs that span the years of familiarity. I was surprised that I knew so many of the songs. I thought that I would be hearing lots of new kids tunes, but was delighted to hear re-dos of the many I loved as a child, and could now pass down to my grandchildren. Songs such as Kumbaya, Amazing Grace, I Will Sing of the Mercies, The B-I-B-L-E, and Oh You Cant Get to Heaven, were delightfully sung by children singers. As for the Bible stories contained in the book, I really found the layout desirable. Face it, little kids have very short attention spans. In the book, each double page capsulizes a story in one short paragraph on the left, and on the right a single-sentence synopsis to help them remember. On the bottom right is another single-sentence life application. Each story lists the Scripture reference where the story is found, as well as the correlating song on the CDs. The pictures are bright and engaging and fun. If you are thinking of introducing daily Bible reading or devotions to a young child, "100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs" would make a marvelous start. Its also a magnificent gift book.