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Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook Hardcover – November 1, 2016
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~ What ~
Part of the Read and Share series, this one-hundred-ninety-two-page hardbound targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy stories from the Bible. This collection has over ninety stories based on the International Children’s Bible. With the left side of the page having a title, Bible verse listing, and colorful, full-page illustration, the opposite side has three pictorial designs at the top of the page with a word under each and the story written below. The short story exchanges three specific words for pictures that correlate to the same drawings above.
Divided into the both of the Bible’s testaments, the two-page stories are separated by the Beginning, Flood, Abraham’s Family, Moses, the Promised Land, Ruth and Naomi, David, God’s People Made Slaves, Esther, and Jonah in the Old Testament and Jesus is Born, John the Baptist, Jesus’s Life, Jesus’s Death and Resurrection, the Holy Spirit Comes, Saul Becomes Paul, Peter, and the Best is Yet to Come. From one to fifteen stories in each section, they are short and to the point, allowing the reader to state the name or object of the picture as it relates to the plot.
~ Why ~
This is a fun, hands-on book of having a young reader anticipate what happens next in the story by looking at the upcoming picture. I like how the words can be read and stopped when a picture is shown, stimulating interactions. The illustrations are colorful while being easy to identify. The stories are simple without a lot of detail so should not confuse a young one who is being read to or learning to read.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in Christ or have a personal relationship with Him will probably avoid this book that contains Bible stories. Some beginner readers may have trouble reading the book by themselves. Concerns may be regarding some of the Biblical topics, but Moses’s plagues are not depicted or described, Goliath stumbles backward, the big fish spews out Jonah, Jesus’s cross is silhouetted, and He is wrapped up like a mummy.
~ Who ~
No information is offered regarding the writer or illustrator.
~ Wish ~
It would help if some of the complicated wording were easier to understand for the younger listeners. Although the book does not explain the plan of eternal salvation, it states that Christ died and was raised from the dead; I wished it mentioned sin and the shedding of blood (although young ones may not understand these concepts).
~ Want ~
If you are looking for an engaging children’s book that is interactive with words and pictures to follow over ninety Bible stories, this makes an excellent way to learn about iconic Bible stories.
Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am evaluating freely.
Each page is new story. Tells the Bible stories in shorter form. Easy to keep your child focused. For someone who has a child who can't read alone, due to severe dyslexia, this book is great. Plus our 4 year old has a short attention span.
"Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook will encourage a love for God's Word as your children discover the joy of reading."
If you purchase it with the intention of teaching your child to read, you'll be disappointed. On the other hand, if you purchase it with the intention of an interactive Bible experience, in which the child is able to participate in the storytelling, you'll be satisfied.
The "Look, I'm Reading" portion takzes place in pictures. Rather than the child reading words, they wait for their turn to say words associated with small images. It makes for great participation and biblical learning, but isn't a great way to learn to read.
Great illustrations, acceptable age-appropriate story-telling.
I received this as an ARC.
Some of the short stories are: Beginning, Flood, Abraham’s Family, Moses, the Promised Land, Ruth and Naomi, David, God’s People Made Slaves, Esther, and Jonah in the Old Testament and Jesus is Born, John the Baptist, Jesus’s Life, Jesus’s Death and Resurrection, the Holy Spirit Comes, Saul Becomes Paul, Peter, and the Best is Yet to Come.
The cartoon like drawings are simple and fun- but some of the people images v.s words were kind of confusing to explain to a 6 yr old. but overall, I think this book is a great addition to our home school library for my son and daughter who are learning to read.
To comply with regulations by the FTC, Book Look Bloggers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
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This is a really fun, interactive approach to story time. Each story is told with a mixture of simple text and a few image prompts that replace key words.Read more