Publisher David C Cook has a new story book Bible, The Preschooler's Bible. I was given a copy to review on my blog, and the publisher will also give-away a copy to one of this blog's readers.
ProsSome things I appreciated about this storybook Bible:
- Breadth of stories (101 in all)
- Semi-realistic artwork (even my children remarked, "They all have dark skin.")
- The questions at the end of each story fosters discussion between parent (or teacher) and child
- Reference guide that is organized by who God is and what He does
ConsHere are some things that didn't suit my fancy:
- Missing the point of stories; for example, Noah and the ark becomes a story of man's obedience, and doesn't mention that the flood is a consequence for man's sin
- Feminine, winged, & wimpy angels
- Many of the stories and the reference list of character values tends to have a feel of man-centeredness and moralism
ConclusionAs I've said before, I'm not a huge fan of storybook Bibles. Although the short stories and simple concepts can engage the young mind, it's important to include higher-level teaching when instructing and reading to children.
That being said, The Preschooler's Bible can be an effective tool for parents and teachers, as long as they add to or change some of the moralistic teaching. In addition, this storybook Bible can be a good "early reader" book for those children who are learning to read; (my almost-six-year-old son enjoys reading it on his own or aloud).
If you want a chance to win a free copy of this storybook Bible, leave a comment by Friday, November 2nd. Be sure that I have your email address (see my contact info if you need to send me a message).
If you don't win, or want to buy more copies, you can your own copy of The Preschooler's Bible through this Amazon link.