~ Book Review
by Juliet David
illustrated by Clare Caddy
Toddlers, Beginning readers
$11.04 (spiral bound)
This little bible contains 25 stories from the Old and New Testaments which introduce toddlers (and some older babies who are gentle with books that have thicker paper type pages) to many popular characters from the Bible. The stories are about 1 1/2 to 2 pages long and use large print and each ends with the location of the story in the Bible. You'll find 12 stories from the Old Testament - Noah, Abraham & Isaac, Joseph, Samuel, David & Goliath, Esther, Daniel & Jonah and 13 stories from the New Testament - all but one of the stories are about Jesus including the shepherd finding Baby Jesus, the Wise Men, many of the miracles - water to wine, a blind man sees, the healing of the man lowered through the roof, loaves & fishes and Zaacheous. The only NT story not about Jesus is the story of how Paul got out of Jail.
Please note that there is no mention of the death & resurrection of Jesus (I thought they would of included the resurrection & the ascension) and while several of the stories have "big" words like frightened and astonished overall your child should grow to love having their own Bible and want to read it with you. It will be a great start to including a small devotional in the morning and/or while waiting in the car or to go somewhere.
The God Helps Me Bible is a small Bible ideal for toddlers who need short, concise stories for short attention spans and uses words & concepts tailored for the littlest child so each story clearly emphasizes how God loves & helps us. It features spiral binding with a thick hardback cover so children can lie on their tummies and look at the book, the pages lie flat and each 2 page spread has a full page picture in bright colors. The illustrations are really cute, engaging and will introduce children to simple details that aren't overwhelming with busyness.
About the Author:
Juliet David has written many children's stories and Bible activity books. Her other interests include painting, music, and traveling to Israel and other Bible lands. This experienced author lives in London with her family.
I received a copy of the God Helps Me Bible from Kregel Publications to review on Classic Children's Books. I was not required to write a positive review and no money exchanged hands.