Saturday, July 23, 2011

My First Hands-On Bible

This book is called a Bible for pre-schoolers, I’d more call it a book of Bible passages for preschoolers. Truthfully, it’s selected Bible stories/passages, not a complete Bible in any way, which is why I make this distinction. That being said, how many preschoolers do you know who can read, or who would want to be able to read through an actual Bible at that age in their life?

This Bible fits a great niche, for engaging preschoolers in select Bible passages. It is not only the Bible “story” but also great hands-on suggestions for parent/child to do together to reinforce what they are learning. There is a prayer, some conversation starting questions, several ideas of activities to do while actually reading the passage and some for after the passage is through. My favorite inclusion is “The Jesus Connection” in which each story is related to Jesus and He is shown to be central throughout the entire Scripture.

One thing that I thought it was a little “soft” on was the idea of sin/separation from God. I understand that this is geared for the very young, but it’s never too early to learn about the cost of sin.

Besides this being a great book for parents to read to young children (oh, I didn’t mention the super illustrations too—they’re just right!), I think this book would be great for Sunday School teachers of young kids—each chapter would be a great lesson plan, with just adding a thing or two—voila! Lesson plan!

I would certainly recommend this book for parents (or grandparents!) of young children and also for Sunday School teachers. It is a nicely made book to help children become excited about the Bible at a young age, as well as a great starting point for parents to teach them from the Bible.

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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