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Lift the Flap Bible Board book – August 2, 2011
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To spare anyone the trouble of not knowing what stories are included, I'm providing a list. I looked high and low for a fun children's Bible that included the stories that I wished for, but was always at a loss when attempting to purchase. It was always frustrating not knowing what I'm going to be getting.
David and Goliath
Baby Jesus Birth
Paralyzed man coming to Jesus through Roof
The feeding of the 5000
The Good Shepherd looking for His lost sheep
The calming of the storm
The Wise and Foolish Builder
Walking on top of water
The Resurrection from the tomb
Jesus meeting his disciples at the shore
Hopefully that helps you in your search. It is a perfect, unique, engaging Children's Bible. ENJOY!!
I conclude this is a subtle message pushing right-wing (I shudder to say) "Family Values." As I was going through the book with my 2 year old twin grand kidz-a boy and a girl, I found myself pointing out to them the many erroneous and idiotic things portrayed. I am embarrassed to have been duped into this. While I believe there can be value in introducing young children to the legacy of Christianity, this is not a way that any rational, thoughtful person would choose to do so.
This book is going to recycle. Not worth what I paid for free shipping, let alone the cost of the book.
Just as importantly, I was able to preview this book on YouTube, and I saw not only the great artwork, but the loads of flaps that looked super interactive. I thought it would be fun for a kid.
I think the illustrations and flaps delivered, for the most part. Being a boardbook, most flaps seemed pretty sturdy, though I bought the book used, and one had already been nearly torn clean off its hinge. I think being placed on the very edge of the book just didn't afford enough protection against ripping, since the line of glue holding down each hinge is relatively narrow.
The under-flap images were okay. They were a bit simplistic, mostly a continuation of the action depicted on the front, rather than adding new scenes and information. Also, not all made sense. One flap has a frog and polar bear looking at each other, but underneath, the frog has scooted below the polar bear, while the polar bear is staring off into the distance at something else entirely, I think at the birds which have taken flight, so you actually need to have both flaps lifted for it to semi-make sense. These 2 flaps are separated by a 3rd of a dolphin and a seal doing their own thing, though, and ignoring both the birds and the frog / polar bear.
The text is the most disappointing. For one, there is a lot of judgment. I'm not entirely surprised, given a lot of Christian things out there, which do very often stress "us good, you bad." But beyond that, the text just isn't very well-written or engaging. It reads like an abstract of a journal article (if you're familiar with those, my sincere apologies), rather than a story, however abbreviated.
One example, though they're all more or less the same: "The Silly and Clever Builders (Matthew 7): Jesus told a story about two builders. One was a silly builder. He was like people who don't do what Jesus says. He built his house on sand because it was easier. But when it rained, his house was washed away. The other was a clever builder. He was like people who do what Jesus says. He built his house on rock even though it was harder. When the rain came, he was safe. His house stood firm -- solid as a rock."
Yes, it tells the gist of the story, but... it was extremely dry and felt like something that a child would write. There's a difference between what a child can write, and what a child can appreciate, and I prefer products that aim for the latter. And, of course, there's judgment oozing against those who don't do what Jesus says. No, it doesn't outright use words like "stupid," but in this case, "silly" is obviously a parent-approved substitution for that, all judgments intact... Honestly, it felt like a vehicle for judgment more than anything else, without giving non-Christians something to either respect or help understand why the faith is important to its own believers.
- You might like it if you're Christian and are really intent on teaching your kids Bible stories.
- You might like it if you want pretty pictures and a lot of flaps, though in that case, I would suggest checking out the Usborne Peep Inside series, some of which contain both flaps AND cut-outs. I also have one of their Look Inside and two of their Lift the Flap books (all have flaps, though), and I find them educational and funny / wacky (there's a whole book dedicated to poop, and it's not just silly or crude poop humor; it tells kids what it's made of, where it goes once it's been flushed, and how animals might treat / use their own).
- If you're not Christian and don't otherwise have an attachment to using Christian products specifically, I would pass.
- If you're willing to entertain Christian products but expect them to adhere to a more loving and inclusive standard, I would pass.
- If you expect good storytelling, I would pass.