Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Review: God Helps Me Bible by Juliet David

Title:  God Helps Me Bible
Author:  Juliet David
Illustrator: Clare Caddy
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Format:  Hardcover, Cardstock Pages, Spiral Bound
Target Audience:  Toddlers, age 1 to 3
ISBN:  978-1-85985-916-2
Price:  $12.99

This is such a cute little Bible story book, geared for toddlers!  Its Bible stories are perfect for reading aloud to little ones.  My one year old will sit through several stories at once, and my three year old has had me read the entire book to him in one setting.

The hardcover book has a covered spiral binding that lays flat when you're reading it.  The pages are made of a heavy card stock that isn't easily torn by little hands ready to move on to the next story.  Juliet David did a wonderful job converting different Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments into two-page stories.  The Bible stories each end with an application, telling how God helped the people in the story.

The first twelve stories come from the Old Testament, and they cover the most common Bible stories:  Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, Esther, Daniel, and Jonah.  The final thirteen stories are from the New Testament, including many stories of Jesus' life and also the story of how Paul got out of jail. Each story has the text on the left side, with colorful full-page illustrations by Clare Caddy on the right page. 

My youngest two children really do love this Bible.  It is the perfect size for my 19 month old to carry around, and she often brings it to me to read to her.  It does bother me that the story of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection were not included in this Bible.  I realize that it's an application Bible that tells of ways that God helped different people, but I still feel that it should have included the most important way that God has helped us, by Christ's atoning sacrifice!  It includes three stories about the events of His birth, but nothing about the very reason that He was born.

Despite that, I still love this little book.  The God Helps Me Bible is perfect for toddlers, and I will be reading it to my little ones for years to come.  Its sturdy pages and cover will help it last, and its illustrations and content will keep my little ones reaching for it.

April E.

This book was provided to me free, for review purposes.  I was not required to post a positive review.

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