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4 Stars Out Of 5
October 27, 2015
My kids have loved this Bible. A great tool for parents especially if your church is doing the Gospel Project curriculum. My 3 year old loves watching thw stories through the iPhone app, too. I do wish however that is matched story for story with the latest release. The Bible has most but not all the stories they cover in class. And it has a few extras that the newest curriculum skips.
Working in youth ministry, compiling a list of resources for families in our church, and having 4 children of my own served to motivate me to look into this Bible storybook by B&H Publishing. After completely going through it with my own children, I have been extremely impressed with much of what has been accomplished in this resource. Today, parents are in need of tools to assist with the discipleship of their children and often to provide better insight into the narrative of Scripture for themselves. This interactive Bible storybook provides daily three dimensional pop up videos and interspersed QR code links to teaching videos made available through a convenient iPhone app which can serve to supplement the daily readings.
As a parent of four children currently 5 years of age and under, I will say that this resource can surely connect with a five year old. The strengths of the book include the stories that are included, the daily Christ connections and the big picture question at the end of each reading. We enjoyed introducing many new stories not covered by other storybook Bibles to our kids. The Old Testament breadth was impressive while the daily content was not overwhelming for a child to grasp. The Christ connections served to connect Christ to all of Scripture; communicating that the Bible is not Gods love story to people but Gods self-revelation to mankind. The big picture question at the end of each reading provides parents insight into the childs comprehension of it. While my three (almost four) year old could answer only around half of the questions, our five year old has been able to answer well over ninety percent. I include all of this information as an encouragement that most children over five will be able to interact with this Bible storybook and grow in confidence as they discover how well they are grasping the big picture. I have been reading storybook Bibles to my kids for almost three years, and this one has the most content of any that I have used. Parents will find this valuable as they seek to broaden the scope of their childs understanding of the content of Scripture.
For all of the strengths of the book, there are some things that could be fixed or re-examined to make it more of a beneficial tool and even more faithful to the narrative of Scripture itself. The first shortcoming of this book relates to the binding. It let go rather quickly which led to further tearing away. We kept it out of reach of the children before the binding gave way, and if I had paid for this copy which I received to review I would have been pretty disappointed. When it comes to the digital content, there are a couple of the interactive videos that did not work correctly. In John the Baptists Birth Foretold (p.172-173), the scanner brings up the right 3D image but plays the audio for the Old Testament prophet account of Zachariah (p.154-155). Also, the interactive video for Christs Return Predicted (p.291) does not work at all. We tried to access it from the app on two separate iPhones.
When it comes to content itself, there were two things I believe need to be evaluated and a couple of other necessary edits for a second edition should this be successful, which I truly hope is the case. In the re-evaluation category, it seems rather strange that the account of Jacobs ladder and Jacobs stealing of Esaus blessing are out of order. Jacob is given this vision as he flees from Esau. It makes little sense to tell it before the double cross has happened. Another thing that I wanted to point out relates to the Christ connections. All in all they are excellent. There was one, however, that was not a Christ connection at all in Daniel and His Friends (p.140). The only edits that I noticed that were overlooked both came on the same page (p.282). In Paul Preached in Europe, the Scriptures referenced at the top of the page are Acts 15:36-16:40. As both Pauls address in Athens (Acts 17) and Paul in Corinth (Acts 18) are included and take up three quarters of the readings content, should the reference at the top of the page read Acts 15:36 through Acts 18? Also, on the same page it reads in the second to last paragraph, They had just come to Italy, but in the book of Acts the word to is actually from. Priscilla and Aquila had come from Italy because of Claudius act to expel them which led to their coming to Corinth. These concerns and edits are tiny in the grand scheme of the book itself and by no means should keep a parent from considering this Bible storybook for their library.
The Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook has many strengths which should be taken seriously by parents and even Sunday school teachers looking for a good resource to teach the content of the Bible while aiming to keep Christ as the main focus. The gospel is presented time and time again in the Christ connections. The QR videos, which are the same as those used in The Gospel Project for kids produced by Lifeway, are excellent. Parents and children alike will love them. The storytellers are phenomenal. This is a must have for parents of elementary age students. I highly recommend it.
I've been taking a look at The Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook for children ages 4-8. While my daughters are past this age, I love to share with you some of the new Bible resources for handing our faith in Jesus down to our children! I would love to use this with future grandchildren some day.
Here are some details about The Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook:
*Features 145 illustrated Bible lessons
*Each lesson features a "Christ Connection" that shows children how God's plan for salvation through Jesus appears throughout the Bible
*Free download to the Interactive Bible Storybook App that brings the art and lesson to life both visually and audibly
*Jenna Lucado, daughter of well-known Christian author, Max Lucado, provides narration to more greatly engage children in the Interactive Bible Storybook App
*Engaging questions at the bottom of each Bible lesson
This is a very engaging book for children. I think it's a great one to use for family Bible times!