Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My Pop-Up Bible Stories by Juliet David

Recommendation: *** (3-stars)

This short book for toddlers offers 5 stories from the Bible. The stories of Moses, Daniel, Jairus' daughter, the Parable of the Lost Sheep and Jesus Calming the Storm are all told very simply and with colorful illustrations in 3-D.

Positives: I liked that the author included the Bible passage that the stories from the book are based on. Even for young children, it is important that they understand the ultimate source of these truthful accounts.

Negatives: I am not usually a fan of Bible story books. While they can be useful, they often don't give the main thrust of the Bible story and they seem to focus on the character in the story and not on what God is doing. I also like kids to understand that these stories come from the Bible, not a pretty picture book.  In this book, the account of Moses never even mentions God.  There are sometimes things added to stories that aren't in the Biblical text as well.  In the story of Daniel that is presented it tells us that Daniel prayed to be saved from the lions. The Bible never tells us that he prayed in the lions den.  I know this seems picky - and he very well may have prayed, but the Bible doesn't tell us that he did so we need to be careful of how we present these stories to our children.

Talking Points: If you use this book, or any Bible storybook, always go back to the actual Bible text that the story is taken from.  Teach your kids from the Word of God! The pictures may help to keep them engaged, but go ahead and read the short Biblical texts that go with the pictures.

Age Level: 0-3 years of age

I received a free copy of this book from Kregel Publishing for this review.

1 comment:

  1. Hello! I found your blog because I also had to write a short review on this book...I LOVED your wise approach to even such a simple book as this. I really appreciate how deeply you think about what children should be reading. Thanks.