Sunday, January 1, 2017

Flyby Review: The Beginner's Bible - Enter to WIN!

I don't have any beginning readers in my house anymore, but I was very happy to write a review for The Beginner's Bible from Zonderkidz.  This is a re-design of one of my kids' favorites from when they were little.  We always loved the bright, colorful illustrations and the simply-told stories.  The way each character was drawn was consistent over several different types of products from Zondervan, including puzzles, coloring books, and flash cards.  This made it easy to teach various stories and characters from the Bible to my kids, and they could recognize the familiar characters each time.

One thing I always liked about these stories is that for the most part, they are the exact Bible stories told without changes or embellishment, even though they are told in children's language.  There are still a few things in here that are often changed in Bible story books which I would like to get away from.  For instance, there is an innkeeper who speaks to Mary and Joseph in this storybook, while the actual Bible simply says there was no room in the inn, or there was no guest room available for them.  Another instance is the title of the story about the wise men.  The title of the story in this storybook is "The Bright Star and Three Visitors."  The story itself just says "some wise men," and only the title mentions that there were three.  (In the Scripture, there were three gifts, but we do not know how many wise men.)  These are not big things and they certainly won't affect anyone's salvation, but I am constantly on the lookout for Bible story books for children that are exact in their telling, and this book is very close.

The print size and the number of words on each page make this book ideal for reading to pre-schoolers, and it is also very good for beginning readers in Kindergarten or 1st grade to practice reading on their own.  When my kids were that age, the earlier version of this book was one of their favorite readers.  I remember how excited each one of them was when they were old enough to read the simplified version of the Christmas story on their own out loud for the family on Christmas morning!

Take a look at these colorful illustrations!

If you are looking for a fun, engaging children's Bible for your child's shelf, a gift for a child or grandchild, or a reader for the spring semester for homeschool, check out The Beginner's Bible from Zonderkidz.  It will fast become a family favorite!

And if you live in the U.S., you can win a copy of this version!  Comment here or on my Facebook page with your favorite Bible story.  ("I don't have a favorite" is also acceptable!)  I will draw a name for one winner on Sunday, January 8, one week from today!
About the Bible            The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold. Now it’s redesigned with fresh new art that will excite children for many more years to come. Full of faith and fun, The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful gift for any child. The easy-to-read text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it a perfect way to introduce young children to the stories and characters of the Bible. With new vibrant three-dimensional 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 was named the 2006 Retailers Choice Award winner in Children's Nonfiction. 
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Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Happy Reading!

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