Friday, December 31, 2010

Book Review: Precious Moments Storybook Bible

Having long been a fan of Sam Butcher's Precious Moments art work, I was delighted to have the opportunity to review the new Precious Moments Storybook Bible published by Thomas Nelson.  This lovely padded hardcover children's bible is beautifully illustrated.  As you would expect of a Precious Moments bible, the illustrations are perfectly charming.

The storybook bible is suitable for gift giving.  There is a dedication page along with several pages entitled "Church Record" where you can fill in the dates of sacraments received, vacation bible schools attended and other such things.  This book would make a lovely gift for a baptism or dedication. Given the way the record section is worded, I would say that this book is primarily geared to protestant children.

The stories in this book are written in a way that is clearly intended for very young children.  I felt that some of the harsher aspects of some bible stories seemed to be softened so as to not frighten little ones.

My only real gripe with this book is the order of the stories.  I prefer children's bibles that flow from the beginning of the old testament to the end of the new testament.  This storybook bible hops all over the place.  As an example, you'll find the story of the crucifixion before the story of the nativity.  You'll also find old testament stories mixed in with new testament stories.

Overall, this storybook bible is very nice for sharing bible stories with very young children.  Just looking at the illustrations of this book is a delight.

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

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