Read and Share Toddler Bible by Gwen Ellis


The Read and Share Toddler Bible, whose stories are retold by Gwen Ellis and illustrated by Steve Smallman, is designed to share the Word of God with children from the ages of one to four.  Its stories include many children’s favorites from both the Old and New Testaments, including “Noah and the Big Boat,””Baby  Moses,”” David and the Giant,” “God’s Baby Boy,””A Little Boy with a Lunch,” and “One Lost Sheep.”  The book comes with an hour-long DVD featuring fourteen of its stories.

I really liked this Bible and thought it was appropriate for all of the ages at which it is aimed.  The stories are short, which would accommodate the attention spans of little ones.  The art work is colorful, and the wording is appropriate.  For instance, we often tell the story of Noah’s ark, but the story might come alive a little more if we said that Noah took Mrs. Noah along instead of saying he took his wife.  Each story includes Bible references for the original, and at the end there are suggested activities to make the stories stick in your toddler’s mind.

I wanted to review this book to see if it was appropriate for two of the little people in my life.  One of them is four, and the other is two.  I think it would reach both age levels.  The two-year-old would appreciate the colors of the illustrations and the simplicity of the language.  The four-year-old would appreciate those and also, I think, feel that he could “read” some of the stories himself.  Both of them would like the book’s size.    I liked the DVD too, but I think the four-year-old might find it a little slow.  It seems to be aimed at younger toddlers.  All in all, though, I’d give this book two thumbs up for any child in the preschool to pre-K age group.


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