The Read and Share Toddler Bible by Gwen Ellis is meant for children ranging from age 1 to 4. It comprises 40 stories from both the Old Testament (25) and New Testament (15), which include characters such as Adam & Eve, Noah, Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, David, and Jesus’ birth, miracles, death, and resurrection. For each story, there is also a suggestion addressed to parents for interactive learning such as acting out the story or making simple crafts.
Since it is intended for children, I am not surprised that the choice of words are greatly simplified. Some details in the specific biblical accounts are also reduced to avoid being too complicated. Nevertheless, I do wonder if it is possible not to water down the details, but to present them in simpler manners with clarity for the children, so that the children can be exposed to the 'true story' from the very beginning rather than letting them discover the 'true story' themselves when they are older.
At any rate, the illustrations by Steve Smallman have the cute and innocent element in them, making them children friendly. There's also a complimentary free DVD featuring 14 key stories in animation which runs for about an hour. The background music for the animation are relaxing and exciting at the appropriate timing. The voices are also nicely matched to the characters. In fact, I think the animation itself alone is worth the price of the book.
The stories in the DVD are as follows:
1. In the Beginning
2. Adam and Eve
3. Noah and the Flood
4. Abram and the New Land
5. Rebekah and Issac
6. Joseph the Slave
7. Joseph in Jail
8. Baby Moses
9. Balaam's Donkey
10. David and the Giant
11. Jesus is Born
12. One Lost Sheep
13. Jesus Loves Children
14. Jesus and the Donkey
If there's anything that I want to complain, I wish the illustration of the Noah's Ark could be replaced with something closer to the original measurements, rather than showing the children version of it. And I also wish that the size of the book could be slightly bigger in view of the weight, so it can be handled by the children with more ease.
Overall, it is another good selection to be added into any library. I will surely recommend this to parents or those involves with serving the children.
This review is part of Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program, of which I have received a free review copy.
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