Due to the glowing recommendation of a couple friends, I grabbed this title and another for my then-5--year-old to look through and choose for a new, fresh reading. So, this review is partly a reflection of her opinion and mine. First, I found some of the stories to be inaccurate when compared to actual Scripture. I also felt that it was overly emotional. I thought the illustrations were distracting and unattractive, and I realize this is a matter of opinion. My daughter said she did not like this one because it was ugly and said the same thing. She was referring to the end of each story that refers back to Jesus. The Complete Illustrated Children's Bible published by Harvest House won her vote, as well as the Catherine Vos Child's Story Bible. The selection was wider and showed the complete character of God rather than just majoring on his attribute of love. Anyway, just our opinion. I am very surprised at it's popularity. It isn't one I would gift, especially to a new believer.
I love how the thread/theme of God's love and His "rescue plan" is emphasized all the way through, from creation and on. Don't expect every famous story to be here--I was looking for Esther the other day, and realized that part isn't there--but then there is a very sweet section based on Isaiah, as well as a little about Ezra and Nehemiah that is very well done. I'm reading from this to my class of pre-K kids, and they are enjoying it. The language used is delightful.
Everyone needs to know the Story that brings hope, that brings peace and that reminds us we are loved beyond our understanding. Communicated beautifully and effectively, this storybook Bible is excellent for children and for adults who want a better understanding of the BIG story being told by all the seemingly small stories.