This collection of 16 beautifullly illustrated Bible stories takes the lives of bible characters from both the Old and New Testament, retells them in a way that’s easy for children to read and understand, and has some of the best explanations of bible stories that we've seen.The first section of a two part series, Bible Time is designed for younger children, either to read aloud to (ages 3-5) or for beginning readers to read by themselves(ages 6-7). The narrative is simple, and though it speaks a bit condescendingly, is well written and enjoyable.
This series does a excellent job of condensing and summarizing the events and ideas surrounding the lives of the Bible characters. Rather than giving basic outline of events like many children’s versions of bible stories do, these books include direct quotes from scripture (especially quotes from Jesus), and they always draw morals and implications from the dialogue and the text. These books don’t fictionalize or deviate too far from the actual scripture, and include the themes and messages of the original scripture while making many observations of their own. The short length and fun illustrations make these series appealing to children and fun to read. Whether kids read them on their own or have them read to them, they are sure to be both instructed and entertained.
Read to Me: ages 2-4
Read on My Own: ages 4-7
For a similar set for older children, see the Bible-Wise Series.
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