5 stars go to Karyn Henley on this one. It's one of a kind, the book-point where the Bible meets the kiddie storybook. I use this to read with my NLT coz sometimes though I understand the words of the Bible it's refreshing to see it from another angle, like as to how a child might grasp the message. Reading this sheds some light that I can't get from a commentary. And there are nights when I'm tired and can't focus on serious reading, then this book gets really handy, it's easier also on the eyes because of the presentation and its simplicity. It's not adult book but childlike, and certainly not childish.
I bought this for my grandson. I felt this story book put too much emphasis on humans being evil , valueless and sinful. That is true, of course, but I would rather begin my child's experience with God using Gods' majesty of creation, love for people, rules for a good life, imitation of Christ in our daily walk. When he gets down on his knees and says about himself, "I am worthless before you Oh God", it will be because God has convicted him of that truth in love with an understanding of Jesus' sacrifice and forgiveness , not because as a little boy he was taught that he is evil.
I bought 6 copies, one for each of my young granddaughters and one for myself. Two of the girls are over the recommended age of 10, but after having read the selections, I think they will enjoy them as much as I have. I wanted to encourage them to establish a daily habit of reading the Bible and I think this is the "Bible" to get that habit started. The time line is great too. The scripture reference is there on each page if they want to "read more about it" in their regular Bible.