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4 Stars Out Of 5
Sure to leave your children requesting more!
April 13, 2012
Featuring 101 short stories, The Toddler's Bible is a treasure-trove of easy-to-read Bible stories told in a simple manner that will appeal to young listeners, aimed towards ages one to three. Although initially published in 1992, this version of the Toddler's Bible has been given a new cover and artwork to connect with a new generation of toddlers today. Many stories are featured, all the way from the story of Adam and Eve to Noah, Moses, David & Goliath, Queen Esther and, of course, Jesus. Not only does the Bible have a handy table of contents in the front, but at the end of the Bible is a list of "character values" and the pages on which to find them, such as the ability to look up stories about giving, bravery, or friendship.
The Toddler's Bible is a great addition to the Bibles available to families today. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, sure to captivate your toddler's attention. Although the stories themselves are simply told, the pictures bring out greater details in the story and allow you to engage the listener by asking them what they see. Something I really appreciated about the Bible is that it doesn't gloss over the most important event of the Bible, Jesus dying on the cross, as some other Bibles for young readers do, although it keeps the story simple without details that would frighten a young listener. At the scene of Jesus dying on the cross, toddlers will hear that "Jesus wants to help us live with God in heaven. When we sin, we can't go there. But Jesus died to take away our sin. He wants to be our Saviour. He will if we ask. Will you ask Him?" What a beautiful description of what God has done for us, and a great invitation to lead your child to trust in him!
The greatest endorsement I can share is that my children literally begged me to keep reading the stories in this Bible, wanted "more, Daddy, more!". I highly recommend this Bible and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, David C. Cook, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
As a new-ish mom, I'm checking out Bible resources for little ones with serious fervor. That's why I was thrilled to receive The Toddler's Bible from David C. Cook. We've been using the Read and Share Bible for our now 2-year old daughter, but I thought this new Bible might be a better fit. Here's the scoop:
- The Table of Contents: I like the Scripture references next to the stories. It would have been nice if those were on the actual pages as well.
- Questions throughout the book. This is a great way to keep little ones engaged. Likewise, the little things like "Look at the walls" and "See the golden chest" are great for opening up conversations.
- Good pacing: I was glad to see a Bible that didn't spend 5 pages on Creation and 5 more on the Plagues and then completely skip the New Testament. This Bible seemed to give a good spread of Old Testament and New Testament stories.
- Not too many details. With a book as big as the Bible, it's tough to condense all the stories down without losing the main things. The Toddler Bible seemed to capture the main points without drowning a little one in too many details.
- New Testament: It's a pet peeve of mine when picture Bibles spend 300 pages on the Old Testament and then completely skip over the New Testament, ending the Bible right after the gospels. This seems to do a good job of illustrating key points of Paul's life and the early church.
The index of stories in the back. This is a great way to teach kids about Cool Bible Tools early on.
- Transitions: Some of the openings of the stories seemed very abrupt and disconnected to the story before it. For example page 62-63 ends with "Someday Jacob and Rachel will get married" and the next set of pages opens with "Oh no! No one would sell their own brother!". There's a lot that happened between Jacob and Joseph! I know you can't include everything, but it seems like there could have been a smoother flow.
WHAT I'D CHANGE:
-The book is a bulky for little hands. I might make the pages a little bigger and the book less thick. I know parents will usually be reading the book to the child, but wouldn't it be great if it were easy for them to pick it up on their own and read?
-The Illustrations: While the illustrations were very good, I think they could have been a little more attention grabbing. Although for ages 1-3 (which is who the Bible is designed for), they may be just right. I know the books our 2-year old daughter really loves have bold colors, but clearly (based on my reading experiments), this doesn't seem to be a major obstacle. Also, the angels are a little girly for my taste.
I was reading this Bible today with a two-year old girl and it wasn't until page 180 that she started to get fidgety. I decided to close the book and take a break and she instantly asked for more. Good sign!
2) Interactive: When you read The Toddler's Bible aloud, you'll notice an ebb and flow of interactive language specifically and intentionally written for the 2-3 year old child:
"Shhh. Do you see the baby? This is baby Jesus.
Shhh. Do you see the animals?
Baby Jesus is sleeping in a manger."
[Excerpt from The Toddler Bible, Baby Jesus story]
3) Bible references: While each story is written in developmentally appropriate language, the Table of Contents includes the source Scripture passages. I love it when children's Bibles do not seek to replace Scripture, but point people to it.
4) Author introduction: I had the privilege of spending some time with the author, who lives about five minutes from my house. Even though I have spent the better part of the last ten years ministering to kids and families, "Gil" took me to school on toddlers. His introduction to The Toddler's Bible is a helpful guide for parents and teachers.
5) Learnings: At the end of The Toddler's Bible there is an outline of the attributes of God that children learn from immersing themselves in God's Word. I love this overt admission that the Bible reveals more than historical events, it tells us who God is.
I love this Bible for 2-3 year olds and highly recommend it!