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The best-selling Bible storybook of our time -- over 5 million sold! Introduce children to the stories and characters of the Bible with this best-loved Bible storybook. Now updated with vibrant new art, text, and stories, more than 90 favorite Bible stories come to life, making The Beginner's Bible® the perfect starting point for children. They will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner's Bible® just like millions of children before. The Beginner's Bible® is the 2006 Retailers Choice Award winner in Children's Nonfiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kelly Pulley has illustrated dozens of The Beginner's Bible® books for over ten years. He started his career as an artist working on licensed character T-shirts for an apparel company. He currently lives in Tennessee.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: The Beginner's Bible
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Slp Har/Co edition (March 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310725887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310725886
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (597 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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123 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn H. on July 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It is a good Bible for children who are learning to read, but not suitable for reading and teaching accurate bible history or lessons to young school age children. The stories are simplistic, and, as one reviewer suggested, kind of "leave you hanging". The illustrations are also simple, and very "cartoonish". Also, many good Bible stories are missing altogether.

If you want an accurate, easy to understand, complete Bible Story book with beautiful, "true to the times" illustrations, I suggest the "Children's Bible in 365 Stories" by Mary Batchelor. I bought that along with this one, and we liked that one much better.
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234 of 261 people found the following review helpful By K. Rose on January 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
For those who enjoyed the Beginner's Bible by Karyn Henley, this is NOT it! I gave Karyn's bible to my son seven years ago and was looking for a replacement for my daughter. I bought this bible by mistake because the illistrations and title were so similar and have been hugely disappointed. It lacks depth and purpose in the stories. This book might as well been written by an athiest who can spout out a story line but lacks any genuine understanding behind the story. If looking for a children's bible I strongly recommend finding a Beginner's Bible by Karen Henley (used or new) rather than settling for this or any other children's edition that reduces these stories to a trite sequence of events.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A.W. on March 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have read several children's Bibles and poured through hundreds of reviews searching for a good one for my 2.5 year old son. This one is great for his comprehension/attention level (one of the main reasons our other Bibles weren't working for us) and I had high hopes for content based on the good reviews. However, I was very disappointed to find almost no mention of sin or need for a savior. The Old Testament stories do not point at all to Jesus or a need for him. The promise made to Abraham's family is just about getting land and many children. There is no mention about God's intention to save the world through his offspring. The story of the garden of Eden does not mention that people will now have to die or have anything to be saved from, Adam and Eve are just banished from the garden as punishment for eating the fruit. The word Savior finally appears in the nativity story, but with no mention of what people need saving from. It might seem picky, but it breaks my heart that so many adults grew up in church with the same lack of explanation of why we need Jesus, and consequently don't think they need him, that it's just a nice idea but irrelevant to their lives, so it is crucial to me that my children and others don't miss the most important message of the Bible- the Gospel. I figured there would at least be some explanation during the Easter story, but it simply says Jesus died, and then that he rose, with no mention at all of why that is important. I really wanted to like this Bible (and was willing to overlook the cartoony illustrations), but it is pretty much just a collection of simplistic stories about people from the Bible with very little connection to God or explanation of who Jesus is aside from some nice guy who taught people nice things for some unknown reason.Read more ›
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By J. Miller on June 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This Bible has been the perfect teaching tool for my child. The illustrations are vibrant and engaging, the text is appropriate for young readers, and the division of stories comes at the right spacing for brief attention spans. This is not a literal, word-per-word excerpt from the Bible, but rather a paraphrasing into not only vocabulary but tone that is just right for children. I have begun to purchase this and give it out to friends with new babies, in hopes that their kids will grow up with this text too. A great version of the Bible.

James W. Miller is the author of God Scent
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By L. Bryant on May 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Many Bible stories have serious and often brutal content --- floods, rains of fire, disfiguring disease, sacrifice, mauling by lions, and human torture. Remembering fearful thoughts in my own childhood after hearing these stories and seeing pictures in a family Bible storybook, I really searched for a way to introduce my grandson to a loving God. This simple little book is colorful, accurate, entertaining and has more emphasis on the wonder and miracles of God than the evil in the world. There is plenty of time for my grandson to learn about that! Highly recommended for the pre-schooler and early reader.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By aedg on November 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought this as a baptism gift for my nephew, and I was SO happy to find it. The stories are simple, but still comprehensive and interesting, and the pictures are really compelling. I looked at a lot of illustrated bibles for children, and this was the only one I found with multicultural drawings, which was really important to me. I didn't want to buy my nephew a book that depicted all of God's children as blonde, blue-eyed Caucasians. This bible has great stories AND great pictures and I absolutely recommend it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joe Pillera on September 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I researched a LOT of (children's) Bibles before buying this one - and I can tell you this one is simply the best. The illustrations are outstanding and the associated text with each picture is very pleasant to read to our five year old every night.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By boxwood100 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is such a nice Bible - the illustrations are just beautiful and very well done. My only complaint is that some of the stories leave you hanging the way they're written and don't really go into a little more explanation like they should. Other than that, we just love this Bible. My little one really liked the "snake" story, as he calls it, meaning Adam and Eve. Makes for a very long explanation, however, when they ask about who the snake really is and why Adam and Eve got kicked out of the Garden of Eden. Then, tie all that into why Jesus came and you've got an all night discussion! Pretty neat stuff too - if your little one enjoys figuring out where Jesus is in all the stories, point out that He's always the one in purple, the color of royalty. The crucifixion story is very well done and not made to be all that scary. Just be ready for tons of questions throughout this whole book. Highly recommend!
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