Sunday, August 9, 2009

Read and Share Toddler Bible

-->What a great idea! A child’s Bible with an accompanying DVD. The stories in the book begin with Genesis and progress through the Old and New Testaments with stories about familiar characters like David and Goliath and Daniel and the Lion’s Den. The stories dealing with Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection are especially well-done. The stories are very short, and there is a “tips” section with suggestions for the adult/parent to help the child get the most out of the story. The illustrations remind me of cartoon characters that children see on TV every day. I commend illustrator Steve Smallman for crafting these gorgeous visuals.
The book is sturdy enough to hold up for hours of reading and sharing with toddlers. The video stories reinforce the book content, and, in my opinion, this is the real strength of this publication. The child gets personal attention from the parent/adult when the stories are read to him or her. And, since it’s possible that this generation of toddlers learns better from video than from reading, the DVD drives the point home.

Gwen Ellis, a 27-year veteran of the publishing industry, has done a masterful job of putting this project together. See her site:

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