As a new parent, I had a strong desire to read the Bible to my son; however, most Bible books are outdated, lack engaging pictures, or are too watered down. I was given this book from a family member who had two copies! I immediately loved this book and find myself reading it to my son almost everyday. If you are currently looking to read Bible stories to your young one, please look at my review and comment below.
1)The Centrality and Focus on Jesus Christ
There are many bible storybooks for children but not many that teach the over-all story of scripture. Too many times the overall point is a moral lesson but lacks the central focus of Jesus Christ. In the end of each chapter, it points to the ultimate purpose of Jesus, and his life, death, and resurrection. It shows Jesus in every story. It is easy to read the story of David and Goliath and make the story about us today fighting our giants even when that isn’t the purpose of the passage. I want my son growing up knowing the connected and central focus Jesus has in the Scriptures.
I am no artist and have very little knowledge about how to critique published drawings, but I know when artwork is well done. My son enjoys looking at the pictures and pointing to the people. This book has an honest portral of people in Scripture and does not make them overly westernized. This book is engaging and simple and yet complex. There are some pages that use negative space well, and there are other times where the entire page is a picture. Clearly the publishers put time and energy into giving parents a quality designed and engaging Bible story book.
Adults typically can shelter kids from harsh realities. The story of Noah and the Ark easily becomes a story about the adorable animals and while neglecting the reality of death becomes all to easy. This book does a wonderful job of balancing realities. I want to expose my son to the truth of how sin came into the world and the deathly reality of Noah and the Flood. To skip over and shelter him from those chapters does little service to him.
Each chapter only takes 5 minutes to read. They are quick and easy reads for children to understand without neglecting the important facts. My one year old doesn’t really understand what is being read but in a year or two he will start to comprehend these short stories. I love that I can sit down with him and read a story rather quickly, because let's be honest, children sometimes are too tired or they would rather read something else. It is short and sweet without sacrificing truth.
Honorable Mention-Digital Capabilities
Lastly, this book has the capabilities called augmented reality. While it sounds interesting, it lacks real digital interaction. Download the app and hold your phone or tablet over the picture and the picture comes to life! It pops right off the screen. My son cares more about the phone in his hand than the picture on it. A better app to look at is the Bible App for Kids created by YouVerson.