Thanks to Robin Currie, Emma has her own personal “Bible”, one that, as a board book, is significantly more hardy than mommy and daddy’s bibles. It also has clear, colorful illustrations on every page that depict a biblical event or story, as well as scripture references and a very simple retelling of those verses especially for the littlest ears in your family.
We have the original Baby Bible Storybook, which tells some of the most important stories in the bible, and now we also have The Baby Bible Christmas Storybook, which focuses on the birth of Jesus and his life. I’m excited to be able to teach Emma about the true meaning of Christmas and the reason we celebrate this year, and this book is the perfect tool! Emma really loves having her own bible just like her parents do, and I especially love the simplicity and illustrations – it’s made especially for short attention spans. The book is also very nicely made – it’s not a traditional board book but a hardcover book with board book pages. Emma recognizes that it is special and delights in tucking it under her arm to head to church with.
The only thing I don’t really love about the book is the fact that it tells you in italics underneath the main text what actions you can take while reading to make the story come alive for your child. Admittedly, I do follow many of them naturally (like pointing to the picture of Mary while reading about her), but some of them seem unnecessary (like being told to “Smile a big smile” after reading about how glad Mary was to be a mommy). Still, it’s a fun way to stay interactive and if parents or family members reading the book don’t know how to make a story more interactive maybe it’ll be helpful for them. It’s definitely not something that takes away from the book, anyway, since it’s optional. This is my favorite baby bible so far and I love that it’s Christmas-themed!
This bible is recommended for ages 4-8 as seen below, but I would think it is way too young for an 8-year-old. My recommended age group would be 1-4.
List Price: $9.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Board book: 36 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook; Brdbk edition (October 1, 2010)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rev. Dr. Robin Currie is the Early Childhood Librarian/Preschool Liaison for the Glen Ellyn Public Library and serves on the staff of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. She is also the retired pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn. Before and during seminary she was a children’s librarian for public libraries in Illinois and Iowa. She holds master’s degrees in Library Science from the University of Iowa and in Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, as well as a Doctor of Ministry in preaching from LSTC. Her published books include seven resource collections for librarians and over a dozen children’s Bible story collections.
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