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.