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Age: Over 65
4 Stars Out Of 5
Read briefly or at length to the young child
February 12, 2014
Age: Over 65
When selecting a story book for children, a parent or guard must first of all decide the purpose of the book. Is it to entertain or to educate? Is it to excite or ready for relaxation? What time of the day will it be read to or read by the child? That last thought brings us to this review of Candle Bedtime Bible which is a compilation of Bible stories or retelling of events recorded in the Bible in language and terminology and length and depth of understanding for the young child.
Based on that, the stories should not be educational to the extent that they involve discussion and depth of understanding. Bedtime stories are to prepare the child for sleep and relaxation. They can plant seeds of knowledge in the mind and heart of the child, but should not overly excite the emotions or thoughts of the child. I found that Candle Bedtime Bible is pretty well written and on levels of understanding that the young child can comprehend to the extent of their own vocabulary development, though not on such an immature, childish level as to not allow for growth and development.
The illustrations are cute. The colors and style of the illustrations are soft and soothing yet capture the essence of each story. The print size is suitable for the young reader to be able to read without difficulty. The length of the stories varies where parents can choose the shorter or longer stories according to time allotment.
I especially liked that the book did not actually become a text book with guidelines for the parents. I believe that the parent should guide the child in matters Biblical and the interpretation of Bible and events should be under the direction of the parent. The entire book is devoted to give a brief, child-level, read through from Genesis to Revelation. At the end of each 3-, 5-, and 10-minute story the Scripture reference is given. This will sufficiently provide adequate cross reference for further study or clarification. However, as I said earlier, a BEDTIME story book should not be about challenging the mind or deeply implanting facts in the mind. A gentle planting of a seed or reinforcement of a story is all that is needed just prior to the child's evening of rest.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Kregel Publications on behalf of Lion Hudson in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. No compensation was received for this review.
Wonderful Bible stories to use with your young ones. There are some that are very quick, only three minutes. The longest is only ten minutes.
The books is geared to 3 to 5 year old, but my 6 and 8 year old look forward to their story each night. I feel really good about the anticipation that is shown, and I know how much time I have available.
Don't miss putting this one on your shelf, the stories are excellent, and start from the Old Testament through the New. Then there are the wonderful, and beautiful illustrations.
I'm so glad to have this book!
I received this book from Kregel Publications, and was not required to give a positive review.
We all know that the Bible doesn't change, so how much can an author or an illustrator do, to appeal to the Bible storybook fans? Here's what author Karen Williamson and illustrator Christine Tappin did...
1) it's a Bedtime Bible, and parent's what's implied by the word 'bedtime'? It's a cue for your kiddos to try and stretch out seconds and minutes AS LONG AS HUMANLY possible... that's where this book meets a need... you can choose a 3 minute, 5 minute, or 10 minute retelling of the Bible. So you could have your kids 'race' the clock with the pjs, teeth brushing, face washing, to get several stories or ONE long one!!
2) The illustrations are warm, with very round faced people, but they have an 'action' quality to them, and their expressions help to tell the stories.
3) The text is written to be read aloud, with fluency, expression, and as if you were watching this happen. It really does bring the stories to life.
4) I found the re-tellings to be shared in child appropriate vocabulary, but still accurate to the scripture, although not personal. Each story also give you the scripture reference/portion of the text to read in a translation. I think it would be a great book to read and compare to a translation, and even discuss how caption stories, and use real translations to get the full power and connections of the scripture.
As I often find, I wish there was a stronger practical application, connection to the people being sinners saved by grace through the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross.... This could easily be worked in, but would make it less story like, and more reality based. Could we include terms and concepts that connect bad, sad to sin? Could we share that Jesus died as a King, the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us, so that we could know that He knows our hearts, loves us, and forgives us despite our badness (sin)?
Children often know they are bad and know when they are good, but I'm not sure without the concept of sin being clearly shared with a young child, how they will grasp the redemption, salvation, and blessing of new life in Christ. As I read through the New Testament stories, I also think that the gospel could be more clearly shared, as it is written, these are Bible stories retold, without the concepts of salvation being offered. It shares the events in Jesus life, death, and Resurrection with key details of the passages, but not the personal connection and power to make it real for US today.
I still will use this storybook, and add those concepts myself in the thinking and dialogue that goes with a read aloud. The stories are written in a way that it will be easy and natural to have these conversations, and perhaps, this book will be more appealing to a parent or grandparent who just wants their children exposed to the Bible. I was given this book for my honest review, these are my thoughts and opinions as a reader or MANY children's Bible storybooks.