Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Day 18. My First Hands-On Bible by Group Publishing and Tyndale

I’ve reviewed several bibles for children, and I have a few others that were given to Pumpkin Pie as gifts.  This one is by far my favorite.  All the other ones are nice, gentle, abridged versions of Bible stories, watered down and paired with pictures so little tykes get a nice bedtime story while gazing at a drawing of a fuzzy lamb.  And those are good.  I believe there is a place for those, and that kids should hear as many versions of a Bible story as they can, as long as the story stays biblically accurate.  But My First Hands-On Bible is actual Bible text from the New Living Translation; verse markings and everything.  Granted, it does skip over some verses in places, but it is still the stories of the Bible taken from the actual Bible.  It also has the ever popular illustrations that little kids love to look for. 

Along with each story comes several activities that will make the story come alive for preschoolers.  For example, when Jesus was a boy, he stayed behind in Jerusalem while his parents traveled back to Nazareth.  When Mary and Joseph realized he was missing, they went back to Jerusalem and spent three days searching for him.  At this point of the story, there is an instruction for your child to make a worried face because Mary and Joseph were worried about Jesus.  Little things like this get your little pumpkin pie involved in the story.  There are also extra activities that accompany each story that you can do to help your child interact with the text outside of the actual book.

I really can’t say enough about this book.  You can read my review here, and then check it out for yourself.

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