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Introduce children to the stories and characters of the Bible with this best-loved Bible storybook. With vibrant art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. Kids ages 6 and under 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.

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 - 3
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; New edition (January 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310709628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310709626
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (758 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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My name is Josie. I homeschool and I am 6 years old. The Beginner's Bible is important. This is a Bible. This is about Jesus Christ. My favorite story in the Bible is when Jesus was born. The main characters are Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Jesus, and the Apostles. You need to read the Bible every night. Have a good day.
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