Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible by Jared Kennedy, with Illustrations by Trish Mahoney


The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible is a gospel-centered, Bible storybook for toddlers and preschoolers with fifty-two Bible stories retold in a simple and compelling way. Author Jared Kennedy traces through the stories of the Old and New Testament how God keeps his promises in surprising ways better than anyone could have ever thought or imagined! Each story highlights for young children God s story of redemption through Jesus and the unexpected ways that God s grace and mercy are revealed throughout the Bible. Children will hear the good news of God s love for them clearly expressed in ways that will speak to their young hearts. Each story ends with a question that parents and caregivers can use to further reinforce the story. Brightly colored illustrations highlight each story and add fun teaching elements of counting, opposites, patterns, and object recognition to keep the youngest child's attention.

My Thoughts:

This is a wonderful choice for a Bible book for young listeners. My youngest is 4, but his attention span isn't the best when it comes to listening to stories(unless it has his current favorite animal in it...which changes every few months). Each "story"(history summary) is short, with simple sentences, and it tells where in the Bible it was taken from. There's a little discussion(with a question) at the end of each summary that points out something to take away. These are usually 2 to 3 sentences long.

The illustrations are bright and eye catching. They're large and simple, yet lovely and pleasing to look at. I think for the average child, they're great.

My little Bumblebee has loved this book. He especially loves the summary of the plagues in Egypt, since he gets to hear about his current favorite of God's creations, the frog. I asked him how he'd feel if frogs suddenly showed up the tub, in his food, all over the floor. With a look of awe, he said, "I'd love it!" (I'm sure real life experience would change his mind, but he sure does love his frogs.)

I'd especially recommend this book for 4 and under, for the average child. (For many 4 year olds, this book will even be way too simple, I imagine. Big brothers, 6 and 9, have listened in without complaints, though.) We've enjoyed it.

*I was given a free copy of this book.

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