My family owns several bibles for the preschool age. And when I say several, I’m guessing the number is right at fifteen. I think reading the Bible to young children is important. I have several criteria for judging a new Bible for young children. Does it have colorful pictures? Is the text short and simple. Are the suggested activities relevant or are they a stretch? Are the wisemen pictured at the stable, or more accurately in a house with a toddler?
The first thing I checked when this Bible Story book arrived was the nativity story. Thankfully, the wisemen are not shown at the stable and at that point I was pretty sure this Bible was going to be a winner for us. As I flipped through the book, I saw immediately that the pictures are bright and colorful and eye-catching. Another plus!
Next, I looked at the family time pages following each story. The questions are simple, accurate and interesting. The activities are relevant to the story and very simple. They use common items from your household. (clothespins, paper plates, etc.)
Finally, I put this Bible to the true test. I gathered up my three youngest children, settled them around me, and started reading. Right away, I realized that this is not a toddler Bible. My twins listened for about 20 seconds and then wondered off. On the other hand, my five year old was attentive and interested, especially with the pictures to look at. He was able to answer all of the family time discussion questions. The lion craft was right up his alley.
When we were finished reading about Daniel and the Lions Den, I asked Caleb if he liked this Bible. His response? “Can I keep it for my very own?” Then he spent the next fifteen minutes looking through the pictures and talking about the stories he knew.
I’m really glad to have this new Bible Stories for Preschoolers book on our shelves. It seems like a really great fit for our family.
My Bottom Line: I would definitely recommend this book for all families looking to introduce their preschool age children to the Bible. The book has a nice balance between pictures and text. The questions and activities are relevant and interesting.
Disclaimer: I recieved this book for free from Tyndale House Publishing in exchange for an honest review on my blog. Here you have it.