From the Back of the Book: These simple retellings of favorite Bible stories with colorful illustrations from the bestselling Read and Share Bible are a great way to help children learn God’s Word as they begin to read. As you read, children can use a picture key to learn the words and help tell each story.
This is a nice, hard cover book, with great illustrations, and colorful art on the cover. From the moment you open the cover, you are bombarded by color and art. The stories cover the most basic topics for our young readers, and the picture word key at the top of each story, allows for the youngest readers to contribute to the storytelling. It provides an avenue for success with our youngest readers when they are trying something new. It also provides excellent context clues for trying to understand what they are reading, by activating pre-existing schema. Each story is limited to one page, so that a beginning reader isn’t overwhelmed by text on each page.
My biggest complaint is that there is an opportunity to expand vocabulary for young readers with this book. In the story of Noah’s Ark, there could have been the word ark instead of the word boat. The child would have easily could see that the ark looks just like a boat, and connected the two. It would have allowed for them to understand more biblical language in preparation for the next level of biblical instruction. If a child is expected to read the words Augustus Caesar, they can probably understand the word ark. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then let’s try using a couple new ones here.
I am excited to use this book with my inquisitive young reader, and have her explain to me what she sees on the pages. I would recommend this book to any parent who wants to encourage their child with positive reading experiences.
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