Sunday, November 1, 2009

Review: American Bible Society's Read and Learn Bible

I think I've mentioned this before, but my kids love books and they love to be read to. Part of their nightly routine before bed is to read a couple of stories and end with a Bible story.

One of our newest books of Bible stories is the American Bible Society's Read and Learn Bible. We really like it. The illustrations are cute, and the length of the stories are perfect for my 4-year-old's attention span.

Here's the blurb from the back of the book:
Scholastic and the American Bible Society have joined together to bring you the READ AND LEARN BIBLE. This collection of favorite Bible stories will not only encourage young children to read on their own, but it will also provide them with valuable educational facts that help explain the true meaning of the Scriptures. In addition, the easy-to-use Parent Pages will help engage young readers in thoughtful discussion about faith-related topics while sharing these inspiring stories.

One of my son's favorite stories in this book so far is the first one: "The First Seven Days," (based on Genesis 1-2), which illustrates each day with fun and colorful pictures. Within the stories are small boxes that provide little educational footnotes for background or explanation. For example, in "Special Work for the Disciples," there is a box explaining "An apostle is someone who is sent to teach others" (pg. 338).

At the end of the book is a section of 20 Parent Pages, which are there to help instigate discussion and sharing between parents and children about some of the stories within the Bible. We haven't used any of these pages yet, but they are really a great place to begin if you need some inspiration on ways to apply the stories you are reading to your and your child's life.

The Read and Learn Bible is a fun and educational way to expose your child to 102 of the best-loved stories in the Bible. I love reading from it, and my son loves to hear and see the stories. This book is great for young children, from about preschool through about 3rd grade.

Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Book details:
American Bible Society. Read and Learn Bible. Scholastic, 2005. 544 pp. $14.99. ISBN 9780439651264

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