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Read and Share: Stories About Jesus (Read and Share (Tommy Nelson)) Board book – February 14, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 7 years
  • Series: Read and Share (Tommy Nelson)
  • Board book: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Brdbk edition (February 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400316472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400316472
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,923,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Read and Share: Stories About Jesus is a great book for any child's library.
J. Oakes
I love that after each story in the book there is a question or thought to help discuss the story.
CarolB
The cartoon illustrations are bright, colorful and correlate very well with each story.
E. Parnell

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Format: Board book
Read and Share Stories about Jesus by Gwen Ellis

Wow. I'm always intimidated when I have to review things written about Jesus. I mean, with that kind of subject matter, is there really an appropriate way to say, "I didn't like this aspect of it." without sounding nit-picky... unless of course they say something that is absolutely anti-biblical.

That said, Gwen Ellis did a MASTERFUL job in Read and Share Stories About Jesus of using simple language and selecting stories with points small children could understand. The illustrations are unique and friendly and the overall book practically exudes comfort and love as any toddler book should.

A few things that are neither positives nor negatives but may be the 'clincher' as to whether this is what you are looking for.

-This is a board book, but is the size of a traditional story book.

-It contains 13 stories that from start to finish are a paragraph or two long.

-As I mentioned above, this book was written and illustrated in a style that simply envelopes the reader in comfort. As such, the book skips the trial, crucifixion, resurrection in a rather masterful way by using, "Before Jesus went back to heaven to live with God," as the opening for the story of the ascension. Again, very suitable for children who need the love and assurance, and just aren't ready for the grisly details.

-The author included a recap and/or discussion question at the end of each story which is great if you wish to use this as a sort of devotional.

And here we hit the nit-picky portion of this review.
I LOVE making Bible stories accessible to kids, which this team did.
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My daughter and I read through the Read and Share Stories about Jesus book by Gwen Ellis, illustrated by Steve Smallman today. This is a large board book written for Children ages 4-8. It has 13 Bible stories about Jesus and after each story one or two questions are asked. Also, under each title, the Scripture reference is listed of where the stories are located in the Bible. The stories that are included in this book are:

God's Baby Son Grows Up John Baptizes Jesus
Jesus Heals a Sick Boy Jesus Brings a Girl Back to Life
Jesus Walks on the Water Jesus Loves Children
A Very Short Man A Blind Man Sees Again
Jesus Stops a Storm One Lost Sheep
A Coin in a Fish One Man Says Thank You
Jesus Goes to Heaven

I think the illustrator did a great job with the art for this book. His art was appealing and captured the attention of my lively two year old. Since it is a board book, the pages are easy to turn for little hands and less likely to tear; although, I am not sure that a board book would appeal to ages 4-8. Board books are often seen as little kids books. The questions at the end of the stories are a great idea to get children thinking and not just reading another story. Many of the questions make them think about what it would be like if they had been right there with Jesus.
That being said, I think the content might be suitable for a 4 year old, but pretty shallow for an 8 year old. The stories don't have much substance to them especially when compared to the Scripture from which they are pulled. I would rate it as okay, but not outstanding. You would need to add quite a bit on your own to make them of any substance. I think that our kids can understand more than we know. I would not recommend this book.

***I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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Format: Board book
Disclaimer: I received this book free as part of Tommy Nelson's Booksneeze program in order to provide a review.

This is another children's story book about Jesus, but it's a good one. In it, the author has taken 13 well-known stories about Jesus, and condensed them to one page in a format for toddlers to understand. The stories chosen include, Jesus growing up, Jesus' baptism, Jesus healing a sick boy, Jesus raising a girl from the dead, walking on water, welcoming children, Zaccheus, a blind man being healed, stopping a storm, looking for the lost sheep, finding a coin in a fish, healing the lepers and one thanking Him, and Jesus going back to heaven. Gwen Ellis doesn't water down the story, nor does she offer her opinion on what the story says. She has, however, put questions at the end of each story to ask your toddler or preschooler, to provoke thought about the story. I read it to my 7 year old and my 3 year old, and they both enjoyed the book. I enjoyed the book, as well, and thought it was well-handled. Most children's story books about Jesus or the Bible tend to annoy me as they like to water down the Bible because they think that a child doesn't understand it. That's what I appreciate about this one. The binding is in a board book style, so your infant can even look at it and not destroy it. Overall, if you're looking for a short Bible devotional for your toddler, then I would recommend this one. Just a reminder that this is a short book, but your toddler or preschooler will love it. It might be too simple for older kids, but the questions do help direct the line of thinking.
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