Tuesday, December 9, 2014

REVIEW: Bible for Kids

Bible for Kids
Fiona Wesley

Genre: Children, Bible, Religion, Stories
Publication date: 10.20.2014
Pages: 138

Recommended by: Read 2 Review
Date read: 12.7.2014

Summary (excerpts from Amazon): 
Children love stories.  Don't they?  Why not teach them the teachings of the Bible through the 'True Stories' of the Bible.  The premise for Bible for Kids is that children grow to be the adults that their childhood has shaped them to be.  My mother read to me when I was young.  I got all the nursery rhymes, fairy tales, myths, legends, and Bible stories that were a part of her childhood.  I am thankful that I was exposed to this rich, ethical background.  In this Kids Bible, I share the beloved stories of my childhood in hopes that other children will be blessed with this same rich culture and set of beliefs.
            Bible for Kids shares the stories of Jesus' birth, death and rebirth in language young children can understand.  Also included are Biblical favorites like: Joseph's Coat of Many Colors, The Story of Ruth, Daniel in the Lion's Den, Noah Builds an Ark, Jesus Turns the Water into Wine, Jesus' Walks on Water, Parable of the Prodigal Son, The Seeds, The Lost Sheep, and much more.
            For the parent who uses these stories as bedtime reading or the teacher of young children who shares them with her class, each of the thirty-one stories and parables contains several follow up activities.  The varied projects include: links to videos, songs (including YouTube presentations), writing and art suggestions of various lengths.  Adults may select among the activities, do them all before moving on, or choose to do none of them.
            The stories are presented in random order.  Those who read them aloud to children may select stories at random or work their way page by page through the book.  Bible for Kids was a labor of love to create.  May those who download it find it an enriching book for sharing with children.

When I was growing up, I had a kids' Bible and a kids' Book of Saints, and they were two books that I would look at often.  The pictures in both were beautiful and I liked the stories, though at the time I didn't know just how much they meant to my religion and would effect my life.  When I was asked if I would be interested in checking out this Bible for Kids, I decided that, since I loved mine so much as a child (and still have it), I would go ahead and check it out - and share it with the kids' during story time.

I was kind of put off by the cover.  I understand why the author did it that way, but at the same time, it is very busy and didn't really pull me into the book like I feel a cover should do.  I did, however, like the pictures that were used inside the book.  They were beautifully done and the kids liked them too.

I enjoyed the forward, the personal story that the author shared with us about her background with reading, Bible stories and bedtime.  I always like when an author shares a bit of themselves and their lives with the reader, letting us know why they chose to write this kind of book, where they got the idea from, etc.

The stories that the author chose to include in this book are well done.  They are written so that a child can understand the story and sometimes even relate.  Each story includes follow-up questions and activities that you can do with the child to help them to understand what they have read.

When I sat down with the kids to read these, they asked for more than just one story and found some of the activities exciting and fun.  

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