I don't know about you, but in our house we have always enjoyed a good storybook Bible for our children. Each of our kids has grown up with nightly Bible stories, and in fact, my youngest refused to go to sleep (no matter what the time) unless we read "Bible."
He's a little old for our latest review, the 25th Anniversary edition of The Beginner's Bible from Zonderkidz, but he has a young friend with whom he is excited to share this Bible.
This is a revamped version with updated artwork and a colorful cover. The text is simple and while not entirely an independent "Beginning Reader," it is a good version to read with a beginning reader, assisting with words that are more difficult and harder to decode, while offering confidence boosting success with a majority of easy-to-read text.
It is never to early to begin reading stories taken from the Bible about God's love, protection, and the Good News of Jesus' Birth, Life, Death and Resurrection. Each story is treated "gently" with the young sensibilities in mind, which I definitely appreciate.
25 years ago if you purchased The Beginner's Bible you had a great Bible Storybook with colorful (if somewhat silly to the adult eye, but very popular through a child's visual filter) illustrations. In and of itself a very good thing. A quarter of a century later, however, things have changed, and multi-media is the norm. In keeping with that, The Beginner's Bible now offers both a website and an iPad app.
The webpage has a boatload of resources to enhance your child's Bible Reading experience, and includes the following:
40 Coloring Pages
3 Search and Find Activity Pages
6 Drawing Activity Pages (Some as simple as adding an item to the drawing, others asking the child to draw something on their own)
8 Maze Activity Pages
4 Let's Read Together Activities (Rebus Style)
1 Connect the Dots
1 Crossword Puzzle
5 Matching Activity Sheets
8 Writing Sheets (Copywork)
The iPad app is intended mostly for children under the age of 5. The first story pack of 6 stories is free, and includes the narrated stories, coloring pages, puzzles and a game. Additional story packs are available for $1.99 each, or the complete Bible is available for $19.99.
On looking over the Bible, some of the things my Youngest thinks his friend will particularly enjoy:
It will be a good Bible for my friend, and I think he will like it. The pictures are colorful and the stories are a good length for reading right before bed.
Additional information: There is also a Curriculum Kit which is intended for Sunday School use, and covers 30 of the 90+ stories in the Bible. You can check out sample lessons and see if this would be a good value for your family or church.
Not So Nutty Nitty Gritty
- Company: Zonderkidz
- Product: The Beginner's Bible
- Ages: 4-8
- Price: $16.99 (With bulk pricing available for orders of 10 Bibles or more, in case you are part of a ministry that would be interested in that)
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