I have been looking and looking for a way to introduce the Bible to my 5 year old niece. I found this book and read through it within a couple days and was extremely impressed with the content. Of course it is missing a lot of great content from the Bible, but I was just wanting something to start the conversation of God with her. There are things others have mentioned about Adam and Eve and about red instead of blood, but those are so minor. Kids just need an introduction to these stories and that is what this book provides. It makes me so happy to have this book. I will definitely use this to introduce God to my own children some day. I can't wait.
I was very disappointed to see that the stories were taken from the NIV. This should have been included in the description. Many of us do not want our children taught a false message and the NIV hides the truth. Mary was not just a young woman; she was a virgin. As to the Old Testament, at least tell the true ending, such as Jonah. The results of Jonah's preaching was salvation. The story of Judas was sadly incomplete. I was looking for the salvation story but did not find it. Children's primary need is to know what salvation really is. This book tells some good stories, but many times that's the problem; good stories told to children many times make them believe that they are only "good stories", not truth.
I have absolutely loved this Storybook Bible and this has by far has been my son's favorite! It's the only one our family has read where he was fully interested throughout each chapter! There were plenty of times to point out different emotions, animals, and counting items/people/animals! Every page is bright and colorful with wonderful drawings!
However there is one huge complaint that I have and that is the story concerning Jesus' arrest and death. I felt that they did not accurately portray the real story of how Jesus got arrested concerning Judas. I know that they were trying to tell the story in a way that children can understand, but I felt they made inferences that could cause a child to misinterpret this part of the Gospel story. For some people this might not be an issue, but saying that Judas betrayed Jesus because he was angry and that Pilate hung Jesus because he didn't want him as king does not agree with me.
Now would I recommend this Storybook Bible? Yes, but with a hint of caution. I have found the authors to be Biblically accurate except what I explained in the paragraph above and otherwise feel they do a great job in explaining the Gospel!
I give The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible a 4 out of 5 stars!