4 Stars Out Of 5
January 26, 2015
We bought this for one of our younger grandsons (5 yrs.) so he could read his own Bible stories in the morning. This he can do and often his older brother chimes in and reads the story to or with him. So far, so good. But the bloom is off the rose at that point when, for the sake of simplicity or brevity or some other artistic license, the stories are changed from what the Bible actually says to something that gives the wrong version. The story of Moses is an example of this. The Bible says that Aaron was the spokesman and principal 'actor' in the appearances before Pharoah. Aaron isn't mentioned except in passing. I personally don't hold much with any particular translation being the 'authorized' translation, but neither do I believe that a Bible story should be treated like a Hollywood script, shortened or dumbed-down for the sake of brevity, especially when the license taken leaves out what God put in. As an early reading excercise the Beginners Bible works pretty well and gives some needed familiarity to a child concerning the stories in the Bible. But, like microwave cooking, it's not a set-and-forget venture. It still requires parental guidance and input to get the entire picture before the young, impressionable minds.