It’s Never Too Early To Read Scripture!
You may remember my review for the Toddler Bible back in February. We’ve been reading this book on and off throughout the year and though my 2 year old (almost 3) still really enjoys it, you can tell she is ready to move on to something different. And as Sam Luce says, it’s best to stay “one Bible ahead” of your child. So of course, when I heard Gilbert Beers (the author of the Toddler Bible) had come out with a Preschool Bible, I jumped at the chance to review it.
Many of my observations are the same at the Toddler Bible — let’s take a look!
- Again, I like the Scripture references next to the stories in the Table of Contents, but it would have been nice if those were on the actual pages as well.
- This is a very interactive story book, allowing plenty of room for pausing and discussing pictures and what’s happening in the story. Questions sprinkled throughout the pages provide parents a springboard to talking with their kids about Scripture and their faith.
- Emphasis on obedience; Many stories mention the obedience and disobedience of characters and the consequences or blessings that resulted. As a parent who is trying to teach the importance of obedience, I appreciate this factor!
- Emphasis on relationship; As I was reading through the story of Abraham, I noticed the phrase “Abraham loved God and God loved Abraham” (p36), showing readers that God desires a relationship with his creation (and He always has).
- Multicultural Characters: There are a variety of skin tones in this book, which is great for kids to see.
- New Testament: As I mentioned before, I hate it when kids Bible’s completely skip over the New Testament, but this Bible does a great job covering the life of Jesus, Peter, Paul, and even Timothy.
- Parallel to the Toddler Bible: If you’re already reading the Toddler Bible with your little one, this is a great book to transistion to. The stories are almost all the same, but with added details. Perfect for a kid who has outgrown The Toddler’s Bible and is ready for a little more.
- Transitions: Again, like the Toddler Bible, some of the openings of the stories seemed very abrupt and disconnected to the story before it. Ironically, the story I most noticed this with after the introduction of Jacob and Rachel. Page 63 ends with “God has special plans for Jacob and Rachel” and page 64 opens with “Joseph’s brothers do not like him.” Who is Joseph anyway? I have to admit there are very abrupt transitions than with the Toddler Bible, but it could still use a little work.
- The angels are too girly.
- Another great product from David C. Cook and Gilbert Beers. It would make a great Christmas gift for your preschooler (I know that’s what I’m doing with my review copy!) Get Yours Today! You can pick up a copy either at David C. Cook’s website or on Amazon (currently $12).
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Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressions are my own.