Oh my! This book is totally not what I expected when I requested a review copy. I think I was expecting a Bible meant for early readers, with a lot of simplified text, or maybe a complete Bible. I did not expect a 'story Bible' format. I should have, the description is good. I just wasn't thinking, I guess.
This book is gorgeous, and bigger than I expected (it's around 9"x10"). The illustrations are beautiful, and take up a lot of the page. But there is more text than I really thought there would be, I guess.
Since the first thing I turn to when deciding about a children's Bible is the story of Noah, let me use it to illustrate the features of this Bible.
The story of Noah covers four two-page spreads. It is titled "Noah and the Great Flood" and it tells you that this includes selections from Genesis 6-9. It starts off looking like a Bible -- a bold 6 followed by a superscript 9, so you know you are reading Genesis 6:9. In this Bible, that reads "Noah was a good man. He walked with God."
The first two-page spread is about building the ark, and the illustration has the ark with scaffolding in the background, and Noah talking to skeptical people in the foreground. In addition to the Bible text, there is a box labeled "Pray God's Word" which includes words from Psalms. I love this feature (it is included in all the stories).
The second two-page spread is inside the ark, with the animals boarding. There are two pigs, two zebras, two rabbits -- but there are more cows, and it is clear that one bird includes seven of the same kind. I love that touch.
The third two-page spread has the most text, and the picture is of a realistic ark (no giraffes poking out the top) on a storm-tossed sea.
The final two-page spread has the ark perched on dry ground, a rainbow, Noah with his arm around the Mrs., and the animals filing off. The text is fairly brief, with the promise not to destroy the world by water. And there is a yellow box that includes two features common to each story -- a memory verse (Genesis 9:13 in this case) and an activity. This time, the activity is to draw a rainbow using all your favorite colors, and to remember that God always keeps his promises, and you should too.
I love this Bible. Some other details:
* There are 13 stories from the Old Testament, most being the "big" ones you'd expect, but also stories like Rahab and Nehemiah.
* There are 13 stories from the New Testament, again mostly covering the "big" stuff.
* The final section includes a variety of extra resources, like the Ten Commandments, the 23rd Psalm, and verses from Proverbs. There are also lists of the books of the Old and New Testaments, the apostles, and the tribes of Israel.
Overall, this Bible is unique among all the Children's Bibles I own. I think it is going to be a nice transition from the "reader" type to a "real" Bible. My kids loved looking at the pictures. It turns out that it is in between my kids -- a little too young for one, and just a bit too much for the next. I look forward to using it with him in another few months though.
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I was given the opportunity to review this book, and I'm glad I did! Not only did I enjoy looking at the pictures, but so did my children. As a parent, it is hard for me to pinpoint a favorite thing about this children's Bible. I really like how it has memorization verses and activities to do that go with each story. I do think my favorite thing about this particular Bible is that instead of being a collection of stories, it's really a miniature Bible because each story is a collection of actual verses from the Bible. For small children this is a good way to read the Bible to them w/o the long "boring" stuff in the middle of the "exciting" stuff. I know this will probably become a favorite Bible story book in our house!
I am greatly impressed by the The Beginning Reader's Bible. Each page has a colorful picture. The stories are from the International Children's Bible, which I really like. The stories even have the verses, so you can follow along in another Bible. In the back, they have included the Ten Commandments, the 12 disciples names as well as the 12 tribes of Israel. It also has favorite scriptures, and a reading plan for this particular Bible.
The only thing I was not pleased with was the lack of page numbers. There is a table of contents, but when you try to find a certain story, you cannot find it by page number. Otherwise, this Bible is a perfect addition to my child's daily reading.
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I really enjoyed this children's Bible. There were some things I really liked about it. I thought the font could have been a little bigger for younger children. But, I really thought the illustrations were great. I also liked the resources at the end. All in all it is a great version.
The Beginning Reader's Bible Illustrated by Marijke ten Cate is a vividly illustrated book. The bible stories are truly captured in each brush stroke. The layout of the Beginning Reader's Bible is a wonderful concept. It gives children an opportunity to take a passage of scripture, then find ways to Ã¢â¬Ëact' upon it. An example is in the very first story, the story of Creation. It gives the scripture, it goes on to give a verse to memorize, it gives an activity to complete, and it gives a short prayer that you can pray that correlates with the scripture. The stories compiled in this bible are from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. This children's bible really stands out from other children's bibles because it lays out a reading chart and allows the child to note the date the passage was read, but more importantly, it gives the plan of salvation, which is not always so common in a child's bible. There is a memory verse chart, lyrics to a few common children's songs, and other really helpful Bible background information.
Now, having said all this, it may be difficult for some parents to get past the actual translation this children's bible uses. There are many very common passages of scripture that would be considered timeless or well known, and this translation contains many differences that may be hard to get past. For example, the first two lines of Psalm 23 read as, "The Lord is my shepherd, I have everything I need."
Overall, this bible may have been more effective if the passages weren't set up as actual Scripture, but rather, the telling of the bible story.
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