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Best Catholic Kids' Bible Ever!
on May 1, 2012
Reason for Reading: We start our homeschool lessons with God. Including a reading from the Bible. I had seen this book recommended on a Catholic mum's blog (she no longer blogs, I think) and was utterly taken by her review, so I checked the book out online and purchased it immediately.
I read a "story" to my son every school day and with almost 200 stories, we have been reading the book for about a year. As is always important to me when using Catholic materials with my son, the book does have a Nihil Obstat & Imprimatur. The book begins with a letter to children from Mother Teresa and then a 2 page introduction by the compiler explaining how the book is set up.
Each "story" is a two page spread, though the second page just includes the illustration and the extra interactive material. I should now mention, that though this Bible is divided into "stories" they are not reinterpretations dumbed down for children; Instead what we have are actual passages from the NRSV Catholic text of the Bible, plus the Bible contains stories from the Septuagint, the Holy Canon.
This is the best Bible Story book I have read aloud to my children ever. Ds enjoyed our readings from this Bible and it will be a Keeper for our household. Briefly how a reading is set up. Each reading starts with a title followed by the scripture reference where it can be found. Then there is a blue box of text which introduces the background/people to be read about. This includes either some instructional material or something to think about. Then we have the Bible "story" taken verbatim from the NRSV Catholic text. This is followed by a prayer, which could be a traditional Catholic prayer, one taken to revolve around the scripture reading or a prayer from a Saint. On the opposing page is an illustration along with a "Did you know?" This can range from the definition of an ancient word in the text, Bible history, modern related information or word origins. Finally there is a Going Deeper section which includes two activities 1: Read it which directs one to a reading in the CCB and 2) Do it! which has a craft or , charity or thought discussion to perform. Every now and then between the stories there comes to be the "big" Catholic prayers to be prayed that day: The Apostle's Creed, The Rosary, The Angelis, St. Francis & St. Patrick's prayers, etc.
Another thing I particularly enjoyed were the selections from Revelation. Usually, childen' story books only include the one scene from Revelation of what the Kingdom of Heaven will look like. This Bible has five readings taking one simplistically through Revelations main theme. Highly recommended and as I said above, a Keeper for my shelves.