I was excited about using The Story in our congregation. However as I reviewed The Story for Children I was very disappointed. The pictures are great but the text takes complete liberty with Scripture. For example the story of Noah is titled: "One Good Man Deserves a New Start." In contrast the NIV states "Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord." Joseph is described as daydreaming in his prison cell. The Bible tells us that even in prison the Lord blessed Joseph, so that he was put in charge. We need to be careful what we teach!
My grandson loves to hear the stories of the Bible and this book is exactly what I was looking for. I would say that the book is for the 5-10 year age group, the pictures, though beautifully done might be a little scary for the younger children.
My wife and I attended a The Story concert and were touched by the words of the songs and the multimedia presentation. We bought the NIV version of The Story and enjoyed the way God's plan of salvation was placed in the logical progression of lives. We decided to see what the children's version was like and felt they would be great gifts for our grandchildren for Easter.
I purchased this book for a 6 year old...she is delighted with it. Writing is wonderful (of course it is Max Lucado) and the illustrations are colorful and pleasing. A favorite in this child's library!