The Beginner’s Bible Carry-Along Treasury by Zondervan-Review

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Title: The Beginner’s Bible Carry-Along Treasury
Author: 
Zondervan
Rating:
4/5
Release Date: 
May 2nd 2017

Description from Goodreads: 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.

The Beginner’s Bible®, the bestselling Bible storybook of our time, is now in a special carry-along edition with over 30 stories! Children will love The Beginner’s Bible Carry-Along Treasury created especially for tiny hands to carry with them wherever they go. The carry-along edition features a smaller size, a go-anywhere handle, and an easy magnetic closure. Kids will come to know and love the key stories and characters of the Bible with this best-loved Bible storybook. Now updated with vibrant new art, The Beginner’s Bible® is the perfect starting point for children. Little ones 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!”

Review: I thought this book was excellent! The writing was really well done and the pictures were adorable and fit the corresponding story very well. The handle and magnetic closure on this book make this great for sleepovers at grandma’s or just for carrying into bed for the nighttime reading. The magnetic closure really looks like it will protect the pages, since they are the paper pages, not board book pages.

This is really well organized and the stories follow the Bible well. The first story is about the God creating the world and it goes in chronological order from there. This should make the transition to the real Bible much easier when the children get old enough to move onto it.

The one thing that was weird with this book was what age this was aimed for. The handle and the magnetic cover coupled with the cartoon illustrations make this seem like it’s for very young children, however, the writing and the complexity of the stories seem more aimed for older children, 5-7ish years old. Most Bible stories for young children are in a sense “dumbed down” to accommodate the understanding and attention span of toddlers; this one is not.

 Final thoughts: Overall, I really liked this and it will get  a lot of use.

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

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