101 Color and Sing Bible Stories combines all three of these things into one versatile book/CD set. Each Bible story has a corresponding coloring page that can be printed using the provided CD-ROMs as well as a song that you can listen to right from your computer. There are also scripture references for each Bible story as well as a fun fact.
The songs that go along with the book are upbeat and will appeal to young children. My five-year-old daughter loved them. I like that you can go online and find all of the lyrics to the songs. This is good, especially since the book only contains a couple of lines of lyrics to each of the songs. The songs are also a good mix of hymns, Sunday School songs, and newer music.
My one critique would be that the Bible stories are not very long. The entire story of Ruth, for example, is told in just a few sentences. While I understand that this presentation should facilitate further Bible study, it would have been nice for the actual Bible stories to be more comprehensive.
Overall, this collection is a nice addition to our Bible storybook library.
(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.