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Bible Favorites (One Sentence Storybooks) Paperback – February 1, 2015
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One sentence. One Bible story.
One great teachable moment.
Each storybook contains beginning vocabulary words and charming illustrations as well as a devotional activity for parent and child to do together. All these elements combine for an outstanding educational and faith-building experience.
10 Individual Storybooks Inside
Recommended for ages 3 to 5
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The first page is usually one or two words, the second page builds off of it to include those 1-2 words and add another line with a few more words. The third page follows suit and the fourth page finishes the story. The last page in the book is a vocabulary list of the words in the book.
One of my favorite things about this series is that I caught my 4-yr old daughter reading these to her 2-yr old brother. They are incredibly easy for beginning readers.
However, I didn’t like the oversimplifying of the stories. For instance, my least favorite storybook is “David and the Giant”. I thought it would be about David trusting God with Goliath but instead it simply illustrated this:
hit the lion
and the bear
and the giant.”
That was the extent of it, with pictures of David and his sling throwing rocks at a lion, a bear, and a giant. Because it’s so watered down and simplified, we have to skip this storybook so as to deny my kids permission (from what they are reading) to go hitting everyone and everything. Yes, I know, my parenting trumps whatever is read; however, I think it’s a terrible premise to a product for the betterment of early readers & reading comprehension.
Just because they are easy readers based loosely on the Bible doesn’t mean they are a quality product that I would want to endorse wholeheartedly.
If you are looking for a very easy reader, this is a good product. If you also want something that trains them with God’s Word, this is not a good product. I tend to want the latter because we have the BOB books and others which increase confidence in my kids’ ability to read short stories so I’m not impressed with this series in the least.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
Author: Nancy I. Sanders
Illustrator: Hannah Wood
Publisher: Tyndale Kids / Focus on the Family
"The angel on the hill pushed the stone from the cave," the tenth book in the series states in Nancy I. Sanders's children's book, "Bible Favorites (One Sentence Storybooks)."
Published by Focus on the Family and Tyndale Kids, this ten paperback collection targets ages three to five years old who want to learn simple Bible stories. With no scary scenes or profanity, they would make ideal bedtime or quiet time stories read out loud to beginner readers. The New International Reader's Version of the Holy Bible is used. The illustrations by Hanna Wood are colorful and simplistic for children to understand.
Displayed in a cardboard box with an easy-to-open Velcro flap, ten stories containing twelve pages each are inserted. Also added is an advertisement card for a Christian children's magazine subscription.
With five stories from both the Old and New Testaments, the Creation, Noah's Ark, Moses and the Bush, David and Goliath, the City Wall, Jesus's Birth, Jesus Walking on Water, the Good Shepherd, the Prodigal Son, and Jesus's Resurrection are given in one short sentence each.
Usually beginning with the noun of a sentence on the first page with an accompanied design, the next couple pages add the verb and more phrases and clauses, building a complete sentence with repetition and artwork. The tenth page contains four pictures and matching words to the story, while the eleventh page has a Biblical truth to learn, a written out Bible verse to memorize, and a short prayer. The final page has three activities found in prior pages relating to color, an object, and a specific word.
One example would be Book Number 7, "Jesus on the Water," which states:
One Sentence: "The men in the boat saw Jesus walk on water."
One Truth: "The disciples' faith grew after they saw Jesus walk on water. Jesus really is the Son of God."
One Verse: "Those in the boat worshiped Jesus. They said, `You really are the Son of God!'" - Matthew 14:33.
One Prayer: "Dear God, please help my faith grow stronger every day. In Jesus' name, amen."
Activities engage the reader by pointing to something green, finding something with stripes, and reading a word that starts with the same sound of the word monkey (men).
Although there is no eternal plan of salvation, this is a wonderful start in a young one's life to introduce stories from the Bible, especially about Jesus. Adorable and brief, the series will be enjoyed by those who love looking at pictures, seeing word repetition, and searching for answers while learning about God and His Word.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader's honest opinion.
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