Are you in the market for a Bible for your youngster(s)? If you are and you haven’t found one yet, let me introduce you to Zonderkidz The Beginner’s Bible. I have had the opportunity to review this Bible through The Homeschool Review Crew and there’s a lot to this children’s Bible.
First, let me give you some specific stats on this Bible:
- 511 pages
- Published by Zondervan
- Full color, glossy pages – beautiful, bright colors!
- Price: $16.99 at www.Zondervan.com
- For ages 6 and under
- Covers 90 Bible stories throughout the Old and New Testaments
During my first reading of The Beginner’s Bible, I noticed a few things. This Bible flows from the Old Testament to the New Testament. It starts with the Creation story, the fall of man, Noah and the Ark, the Tower of Babel, Abraham and Sarah, and then it moves on from there to other Old Testament Bible stories. It contains 90 Bible stories in all.
The New Testament mainly covers the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) plus some of the book of Acts (the spreading of the church throughout the area) and a tidbit of Revelation (about the good news of Jesus returning again). The Beginner’s Bible definitely covers a lot of the main Bible stories and shows that Christ has come and will return (that’s Good News indeed!).
The basic format of each story is a large picture at the top of each page, followed by the story title and the Scripture reference(s), then the story itself. Each story is about four pages with a rather large type (probably an 18 point font). I can see as a child gets older and starts to learn to read, these Bible stories would be a great way to learn – due to the large font and the easier words. Plus, the fact that these stories are short, they’re perfect for beginning readers.
Each page contains beautiful and bright images that convey parts of the story being told. These pictures will definitely be eye-catching for youngsters.
How We Used This Bible
The Beginner’s Bible is meant for children 6 and under. My children are 18 and 15 … quite a bit older than the recommended age range. However, I did ask my daughter (she’s 15) to read through the Bible. And, I also read through it on my own. Her thoughts were:
- She loves the illustrations – specifically the cow on page 82.
- She also loves how they wrote the Christmas story.
- It highlights the important stories, and skips a lot of the violence (like Cain and Abel).
- It’s entertaining and would be great for younger children.
As for me, I really enjoy the illustrations, too. They are bright, engaging and colorful. The stories are true to the Bible and while there is much of the Bible that is left out, it’s a great starting point for younger children. I can see how they would engage with the stories and ask questions. The Beginner’s Bible would be a great way to introduce a child to the amazing true stories from the Bible and to learn about Jesus…all in a way that engages them, retains their interest, and still stays true to the teachings of God’s Word.
If I had younger children (or grandchildren), I think this would be my go-to Bible for my little ones. I would read aloud to them when they were younger (at bedtime or just as we’re starting the day), and then as they learned to read, I could see using this as a reader.
AND, I love that there is a dictionary in the back! This can really help parents solidify ideas and concepts. When you see an italicized word in The Beginner’s Bible while you’re reading, then you know it is in the dictionary at the back. I think this is a great resource for not only parents but children as well (at least the older children).
Final Details of The Beginner’s Bible Review
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- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Zonderkidz/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/zonderkidz
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/zondervan
- Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/zondervanp/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zondervan/
Visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog for more information and reviews on this product.
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