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"The Big Picture Story Bible" by David Helm

From the Crossway site:

No child is too young to begin learning about the greatest love story of all—God’s love for his people, as portrayed in the Bible. David R. Helm and Gail Schoonmaker collaborate to create a beautifully illustrated book of Bible stories especially for children, written with simplicity. Rather than simply retelling the most familiar short scenes from the Bible, this book presents the “big picture”—the unified story running through the Old and New Testaments. This delightful book will help children learn the Bible’s whole story and begin to appreciate the fulfillment of God’s promise to his people.

The Big Picture Bible Story Book is perfect for parents to read to their children, and eventually, for children to read on their own. It is an excellent way to introduce them to a book that will guide them through all of life

My Opinion:

When this arrived in my mail box, my children and I were very excited! This is a huge hard cover Bible just for children with 456 pages and a 9 X 9 size, just right for little ones to enjoy looking at. Larger print will allow begining readers to more easily see and read the words and with larger type there aren’t as many sentences per page so as not to overwhelm a child reading this. A good basic Bible story book for young children with short attention spans, each story can be read in 10 minutes or less of course follow your child’s lead and come back to it later.

Large, vibrant colored illustrations done by Gail Schoonmaker are beautiful additions and hold children’s attention from the minute they open The Big Picture Story Book. Even I enjoyed the illustrations – with simple detail for children but enough for an adult to enjoy while reading the story – it’s a great balance.

Each story has a question weaved into the writing that can be asked nonchalantly and a pause after will allow children to give their thoughts. Such as in the account of Adam and Eve children will be asked what they might have done? and what did Adam and Eve do? This will increase their cognition of the Biblical accounts of those gone before us and well as help later when they need to recall these historical happenings. This Bible will have an honored place among the ‘grown up’ Bibles in your house for years to come and would make a great heirloom that your children’s children can enjoy.

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**I was provided a copy of The Big Picture Story Bible through Crossway and Amy S. in exchange for my honest review – no other compensation was given.

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"All Join In: Lost Sheep and the Scary Day" by Claire Henley

Lost Sheep and the Scary Day is a wonderful little board book for the youngest of readers and their parents. Geared for ages one to three the book will hold their attention as the parent gets to make animal sounds like “baa” and “munch munch”. What child doesn’t love to hear their parents make lively noises that hold their attention while being read to and cuddled? This is just one book in the series published by Kregel, there are three others – Baby Jesus, Noah, Jonah.

Colorfully and brightly illustrated these book will appeal to the youngest of readers because of the many bright colors that decorate the books 18 pages. It’s size is just over 6 X 6 inches which is perfect for littles hands to grasp so they can help turn the pages. The thick board will hold up to being dropped and used by the little people who are going to enjoy this story. The end of the book culminates in a lift the flap surprise, does the shepherd find his lost sheep or not……you’ll have to read the book to find out.
**I was provided a copy of this book by Kregel Publishing for my honest review.
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Classic Bible Storybook by Kenneth N. Taylor

The Classic Bible Storybook by Kenneth N. Taylor and published by Tyndale is a hard covered book with more than 120 stories from the Bible. The beautiful illustrations one finds in this storybook are done by Richard and Franci Hook. Kenneth Taylor was a dad to 10 children and wanted his children to be able to understand Biblical truths and sought to find a way to make that a reality. He has written many other books for children and is also responsible for what later became the New Living Translation of the Bible.

This storybook of Bible stories has beautiful illustrations done both in color and black and white. The drawings are realistic in nature and add the ability for children to feel connected to the Biblical characters they read about. The illustrations will impress even the oldest of adults down the youngest of children – I know my husband and I were impressed as was my youngest who is 2! The care taken by the illustrators really can be felt to come through the pages as you read the stories.

There are 68 Old Testament Bible stories and 53 New Testament Bible stories. Each story gives the Scripture that relates back to the Bible as well as one or two illustrations to go along with that story. The stories are engaging, as all Bible stories should be, and are simple enough the young will understand but detailed enough that the older children will not be bored by simplistic language. Following each story are comprehension questions that the parent can go over with their child(ren) to ensure a good understanding of the Bible story they were just read. The questions can have simple answers for the young child but also give a chance for an older child to give more detailed answers as they grow in the Word.

Overall, this is a wonderful children’s storybook full of Truth and Wisdom and will enable children to grasp Biblical truths on their level until they can move on to a regular Bible for more intense study. My oldest enjoys pulling this off the shelf and reading and answering the questions by herself. This could also be used for family devotions or to teach Biblical history for the homeschooling family. There are so many ways to use this Classic Bible Storybook and your family will enjoy it and as well as it’s made it could very well became a treasured family heirloom.

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