(I received a copy free from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review).
The songs alone make it a worthy buy! There are 66 original songs by Stephen Elkins, 14 traditional hymns including some Christmas carols, and 21 familiar Bible songs. It comes with 2 CDs with a song and a coloring page for each story. Lyrics for all the songs are available for free from the publisher. (Go to share-a-hug dot com to find the lyrics download).
The book itself is sturdy. It has a hard cover and stitched binding.
If you are teaching Sunday School or VBS or a backyard Bible study for kids this book would be a great resource. In fact, for preschool level, you really wouldn't need anything else (other than crayons, a printer, and a CD player) to have a complete program.
We recently received a copy of 101 Color and Sing Bible Stories by Stephen Elkins from Tyndale Kids Publishing. I was asked to honestly review the book in exchange for a copy of the book.
The book a hardback book with 101 Bible stories and include 2 discs. For each story there is a read-a-long section with scripture from the story as well as a sing-a-long section with words from the related song (that is on an included disc in its entirety) and an example of the coloring page that you can print (also on a disc). On the opposite page is the full color version of the coloring page for the kids to look at.
This is a cute book with simple pictures and a fun song for each story. My kids enjoyed the songs while they colored the pictures that I printed out from the discs. I liked that you could print out as many pages as you wanted from the discs without having to pay for multiple books and you could listen to the songs as many times as you wanted with each story. The little lesson that went with each scripture was cute and tried to bring the scripture to life with examples. However, I felt like the book was better suited for a Sunday School setting as a supplement than home use. It didn't take long for my kids to be done and personally I would not put the cd in often as the recording wasn't as enjoyable for me as it was my kids.
While I liked the book and what it was trying to accomplish, I felt it was geared more toward Sunday School teachers. The lessons were short and sweet. I probably wouldn't recommend this book to my friends for their home library but would consider using it on Sundays should I have that opportunity for 4-5 year olds.
101 Color and Sing Bible Stories by Stephen Elkins is a great resource for parents and Sunday School Teachers. It has great stories from the whole Bible. Plus there are two CD's containing songs and a coloring page that goes along with that story.
If you don't have a lot of time or have little children then this is a great book for you. I actually use it as a supplement and not as the main lesson, because I like to have a little more of the Bible Story in my lesson. But if you have children under 2 this would be great, as it is basically an intro to the Bible. It also would work as a devotional for little ones too. A Bible Story, Coloring Page, and a song. What a perfect small time with God.
If you are looking for something simple, yet packed with a lot of good stuff - this is the Book for you. The stories are simple, one paragraph, the coloring pages are nice and not cheesy and the songs are easy to learn and sing along with. I believe, you won't be disappointed.
This is a beautiful, well-written book. It's padded hard-bound cover will last through many years of little hands. It was written to get children excited about God's Word and the captivating stories found in its pages. The stories are brief, which will hold the attention span of the very young. The coloring pages are a copy of the picture which corresponds with each story found in the book. The catchy songs are Scripture verses put to music, one of the most successful methods to put information to memory.
This book would be a wonderful gift for the little one in your life. It will provide hours of fun, while learning about God and His love for them. This book would also be an asset for pre-school teachers, Sunday School teachers, day care workers, as well as parents and grandparents. I encourage you to buy a copy to keep for the little ones in your life.