I recently stumbled upon Kelly Pulley’s illustrations in the Bible Story Favorites I Can Read Series. My four year old daughter is showing an interest in reading, so I thought this might be a great series to check out for her. I really loved Pulley’s style of illustrations, so imagine my delight when four of his books showed up in my mailbox, courtesy of David C. Cook. The books were part of the new Magnificent Tales series and I have to tell you, I am loving these books!
The pictures are bold and colorful and entertaining for parent and child alike. There are plenty of little details that keep my four year old engaged as she “reads” at nap time. The story is written in rhymes and is upbeat, lively, and biblically accurate. I especially love the Good News of Great Joy: The Amazing Story of Jesus’ Birth.
After it was such a hit in my own home, I decided to take this book into church and read it to my Children’s Church class (ages 4-9). The kids love the book and listened very attentively. One boy even elected to read the book again to a fellow classmate during station/craft time. The story line is easy to follow, memorable, and conveyed the emotions of the characters well (though Mary and Joseph did seem awfully happy on their LONG journey to Bethlehem). I love the fact that the the angels who brought the good news had various skin tones, though I would have liked to see the shepherds actually go to visit the baby Jesus. All in all, a terrific book and a great way to share the Christmas story with children.
My kids (ages 2 and 4) also really connected with The Biggest and Toughest: The Short Story of David’s Big Faith.
As we were tucking them into bed the other night, my husband read this book to them, and as soon as he finished, my (almost) 4 year asked if she could look at it. She was “reading” the story to herself and my 2 year son immediately started asking to see the pictures too. She flipped the book around and he said in amazement, “Wow, he is so big!” It was so fun to see them both really engaging in the story and to see elements of David’s faith and Daniel’s obedience (another book in the series) trickling out during playtime as well.
If you’re looking for a terrific gift for your kids, grandkids, or niece or nephew — take a look at this series. I think you (and the kids!) will really enjoy it.
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