Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Beginning Reader's Bible

The Beginning Reader's Bible
by Thomas Nelson 
Illustrated by Marijke ten Cate
Compiled by Tama Fortner

An impressive Bible geared toward learning readers, The Beginning Reader's Bible is full of great stories, biblical lessons, resources, memory verses, prayers and so much more.  A hard covered book with heavy duty pages, brightly colored and full of interesting pictures, characters and creatures.  Stories from both the Old and New Testament, some of which include "The Very First Sin", "David and the Great Big Giant", "Jesus is Born" and "The Cross, among many others.  

Each story is titled and references where the selection was taken from in the bible.  Text is taken from the International Children's Bible®, so they are reading actual bible text.Verses are marked for children to learn and become familiar with how bibles are laid out.  Stories take about 6-8 pages, each with words on only about half of one page and the other half and opposite page are open for viewing the picture.  Prompt boxes are on opposing pages in a small green box, offering children ways to "Remember God's Word", "Do God's Word" and "Pray God's Word" for each story.  

Illustrations are beautiful, engaging and full of life and opportunity to explore.  Illustrations for stories such as "The Cross" are not at all frightening, avoiding images that would be upsetting to a child without taking away from the reality of the story.  There are so many opportunities for teaching within this bible, I am so impressed with the layout, ease of understanding of wording, pictures and extras.  A definite on my list of recommended Bibles for children.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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