Monday, January 31, 2011

Book Review: The Ultimate DVD Read and Share Bible Vol. 2

A couple months ago I was given the opportunity to read volume 1 of Tommy Nelson's Ultimate DVD Read and Share Bible.  I found some of the story placement to be a bit odd, but other than that, I thought it was a cute bible story book for small children.  Because I liked volume 1, I was very happy to be presented with the opportunity to review volume 2, as well.

Much like the first volume of this Read and Share Bible, the stories are told in a way that will be easy for very young children to understand and retain.  The illustrations are cheerful and nicely represent the stories they accompany. For every story, a scripture reference is given so you will know where you can look it up in the bible.  As with volume one of this bible, this bulk of the stories found in this volume are from the Old Testament.

The book includes two DVDs that offer cartoon versions of 26 different stories from the book.  Many of the videos cover several of the little stories.  While the cartoons aren't the greatest animation, they are still decent quality.

My biggest gripe about this book is their retelling of the Last Supper.  Just as in other Tommy Nelson books from this series that tell the story of the Last Supper, they refer to the wine as grape juice or to be more specific "juice of the grape."  It simply irritates me that they don't call it wine.  This type of translation makes me shy away from recommending it for Catholic children.

Overall it's not a bad bible story book.  I'd recommend this book for Protestant children and Sunday school teachers of little ones of preschool-kindergarten age.  I would not recommend this book for Catholic children.  However, to be completely fair, given that the book is from a non-Catholic publisher, I didn't have any expectations that this book would be completely in line with a Catholic translation of the bible.

I was provided with a free copy of this book through Thomas Nelson's book reviewer program BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.

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