Classic Bible Storybook
Great Bible Story Book. The Pictures are very intriguing and provoke my 3 year old to ask questions. The stories are very easy to read and understand! We really love this book...not cartoonish or silly at all, it teaches my children to reverence and love Gods Word!
March 25, 2010
The first thing you may notice when you pick up this book is that it includes many stories rarely included in children's Bibles, including the story of the original Passover, the story of manna, Job, the first tabernacle and temple, a thorough telling of John the Baptist, a detailed account of how Peter and Andrew became followers of Jesus, a thorough retelling of many of Jesus' parables (including a great recounting of the parable of the seeds), Jesus healing ten lepers, a detailed account of what happened after Christ's resurrection, and a brief retelling of Revelation (which doesn't discuss horrible things happening, but focuses on the glories of Heaven).As you read, you'll also find mentions of how, for example, Christ took the place of the Old Testament sacrificial lambs and how Jesus fulfilled so many prophesies. Many other unusual details are included, too. Several made me run to my Bible to double check accuracy, such the mention of the type of food Abraham served the angels.Each story is told in one to two pages, with questions and answers given afterward. Not all stories are illustrated.What I Like: This is a more thorough recounting than a great many children's Bibles offer. In fact, I'd say it's only one step down from reading the actual Bible to your child. I also love the overall look of this volume. Each page is printed so it looks like antique parchment paper.What I Dislike: I'm not a huge fan of the illustrations, by Richard and Frances Hook. They are original to Taylor's old books, but come across as dated to me. They often don't show much detail or action, making them of little interest to younger children.Overall Rating: Very good.Kristina SeleshankoManaging EditorChristian Children's Book Review
March 15, 2009
Recently I was offered the opportunity to review a new book by Kenneth Taylor called Classic Bible Storybook. Since I have children who range in age from 2 to 18, I am always looking for additional resources to use with our in-home Bible study. Many of you know Kenneth Taylor's name from his Bible Story Book and The Living Bible. He has pleased audiences for three generations now with his writing, and this book is an excellent addition to his other works.It was illustrated by Richard and Frances Hook. The pictures throughout this book are truly a work of art. From the moment that I opened the package, I was transported back to my memories of the art work in my first Children's Living Bible. I spent many hours of my childhood looking at those pictures.In reading through this book, I can tell the care Mr. Taylor has taken with the details of Scripture, and he has included a few questions at the end of each story to give you a springboard for discussion. My children seem to remember Bible stories when they have had time to think and discuss the stories. And they also enjoyed retelling the stories back to me. The stories in this book are broken down into small sections, so it is easy to read and get to the meat of each story in a brief amount of time. That is an important thing for young children, especially if you have 5 boys.I enjoyed sharing this book with my children, and I am sure that it will become a classic book that we will have on our family bookshelf for many years to come.
March 9, 2009
The Classic Bible Story Book contains 120 stories from the Bible. It's written for children ages 4 - 8 but I honestly think that older children would enjoy this book too. My 9 year old son and my almost 12 year old daughter both had the opportunity to read from the book too and they both told me that it was a good book and that they liked the stories. My daughter, who is an excellent reader and reads books like poems from Emily Dickinson and books that are upwards of 400-500 pages, enjoyed the book. That is why I think that even older children and 'tweens would enjoy this book as much as the 4-8 crowd. The first thing that really stands out in this book is the beautiful artwork. The artwork is very realistic looking and not "cute" like in other children's books. To me it's more like ART then just illustrations. It also reminds me very much of a Bible or Bible story book that I had as a child. For the life of me I can't remember the book, but some of the images inside the Classic Bible Story Book very much remind me of something I read growing up (so it would have to be 30+ years ago). Another thing that really makes the artwork and the story "pop" is that pages they are printed on. The pages resemble old paper with worn and darkened edges. When you are reading the book you feel like you have your hands on an antique book. Some of the stories covered in this book include Adam & Eve, Noah, Joseph, Jericho, the Golden Calf, Jonah and the Last Supper, just to name a few. The stories within the pages of this book come from both the old and new testaments and appear to go in chronological order. A great feature about this book is that at the end of each story there are a few questions that you can ask your child to make sure they fully understood what was just read. They are not hard questions at all and any child could easily answer them by reading (or being read) the story.
March 7, 2009