Friday, January 28, 2011
Book Review: The Beginning Reader's Bible
The Beginning Reader’s Bible, compiled by Tama Fortner and illustrated by Marijke ten Cate, is not at all what I expected. I guess I expected something small and short and this definitely was a nice surprise. This hardcover book with red ribbon marker measures 10” x 9” and boasts thick, glossy, colorful pages. It contains 13 stories from the Old Testament and 13 stories from the New Testament as well as a Resources to Guide Your Children. This last section contains many important aspects of the bible, including The Ten Commandments, The Twenty-Third Psalm, The Twelve Apostles, The Twelve Tribes of Israel, Books of the Bible and more. The various stories contain actual biblical selections, in a translation that young people can understand. A verse to memorize, activities and a prayer supplement each story to emphasize the passage.
As I stated, I was pretty surprised at the size of the Bible as I was expecting something very basic for a beginner reader. The title more aptly should have been, The Beginning Bible Reader’s Bible. This is a great book with Biblical Stories to read to children from ages four and up. I would guess, though, that it is more at a second, and more likely third, grade reading level. Some of the stories are quite long for younger readers who may not have a long attention span. I love that there contains actual biblical translations so young readers start to become more familiar with words that they will see in future bibles. My only complaint about this book is that there are no page numbers, although they are listed in the table of contents. I hope that on the next run, Tommy Nelson manages to get the page numbers on the pages.
If you are looking for a nice beginning Bible for an elementary school age child, this fits the bill. You will most likely have to read it to younger children (but isn’t that a wonderful thing to do?) and older children will find it interesting with colorful graphics that are not “babyish.”
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