A List Maker's Life: Read and Share Toddler Bible

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Read and Share Toddler Bible

Stories Retold by Gwen Ellis
Illustrations by Steve Smallman

The Read and Share Toddler Bible is written to keep the attention of one to four year olds while maintaining the accuracy of biblical stories. There are 40 abbreviated stories taken from both the Old and New Testaments. Each story includes the bible reference, and illustration, and a teaching tip or activity. The bible includes stories of creation, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Joseph, David, Issac, and more. There is also a 60-minute DVD featuring 14 key stories.

It is important to Kevin and I that our family hears and learns the stories of the Bible. Since Gavin was born we have been reading My Baby Bible for Little Boys by Carolyn Larsen. While it is adorable, and was appropriate, the kids were ready for more.

We found the pictures in this children's bible to be cute and colorful. The characters are a bit quirky with exaggerated noses and facial expressions. The illustrations proved to be a delightful way to draw our kids into the story, as well as encouraging them to think about how the biblical figures might be feeling about their story and circumstances.

I enjoyed the use of onomatopoeia in most of the stories; it is engaging and sometimes silly. The accompanying activities and questions are age appropriate and realistic to implement with resources already available in our home.

This tot Bible uses the terms "wrong choice" and "bad choice" when referring to sin. This language is easy for our children to relate to as they are often encouraged to think about whether they are making good or bad choices. I did think twice about this language as it is included in a bible, perhaps we should teach our children from a young age to call out sin as "sin." However, this is an adaptation I will be able to make for our own family as we read the Bible together.

We were very pleased with The Read and Share Toddler Bible and anxious to see the kids learn all 40 stories and apply the biblical principles to their lives.

If you'd like to see more, there is an option to preview the colorful pages of the Read and Share Toddler Bible.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishing for providing this book for review.
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  1. Thanks for the vocab lesson!

    We're reviewing this, too, and Esme LOVES it! And the DVD is one of her favorites. Though I was a little concerned when she started throwing her washcloth at me from the bathtub, telling me she "had" to hit me in the head and kill me. So far we'd left that part of David's story out... Just another reminder that the Bible really isn't rated "G".

  2. That is great! I have been looking for a Bible to read to Blaze that will engage him and keep his attention, which is sorely lacking...lol. I might have to give this a go!

  3. Great review. Jamison has a good Bible for the NT but not the entire Bible. I'm looking for one that would engage her and encourage conversations. thanks.

  4. Great review. I just saw this bible the other day.

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  5. I like your review. We have two "My First Bible" books that were gifts at different times for the kids but after VBS last week I see that the boys are very interested in learning more (which pleasantly surprised me) so I need something that isn't confusing like the actual bible but more than what we have. This just might be it! :)


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