Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Baby Bible Christmas Storybook by Robin Currie

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from B & B Media Group as part of their blogger book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

The Baby Bible Christmas Storybook brings the Christmas story to life for young children.  The story begins with Mary learning that she will have a baby and continues through the time of Jesus' birth and the visit from the wise men.  Youngsters will get to take place in an interactive storytime because each Bible lesson includes scripture references with age-appropriate translations, actions to illustrate each verse, a picture that depicts each passage, and a prayer to end the lesson.

Title:  The Baby Bible Christmas Storybook (part of the Baby Bible series)
Author: Robin Currie
Illustrator: Constanza Basaluzzo
Format: Board book
Genre: Toddler; Bible Study; Christmas
Source: Review copy provided by B & B Media Group.
Publication Information: David C. Cook / October 2010 / ISBN: 0781403685 / $9.99
Buy the Book: David C. Cook
Find the Author online: Robin Currie / Twitter / Facebook

Why I Read this Book:
I have several nieces and now a nephew that I would like to encourage in their Christian walk--despite their ages.  Since Christmas is right around the corner--what better way than to bring out The Baby Bible Christmas Storybook and get them to read and interact with Jesus' life as a baby in the manger.

What I Liked:
I love the illustrations in the book.  They're perfect for little kids and clearly show what each passage of scripture is about in the book.

The Bible stories are written clearly for young readers to understand their meanings and are exactly the perfect length to hold short attention spans.

The prayers at the end of the lessons are short enough for toddlers to understand and each one relates to the lesson for that day.

What I Didn't Like:
The only thing that stuck out to me were the interactive directions.  Some of them were inconsistent  throughout the book.  For example, when Mary and Joseph were travelling the directions are:
"Tap your hands on your knees."  Later in the book the directions state: "Tap your hands on your knees quickly."  However, this is only a picky inconsistency and does not detract from the book in any way.

I would have also put the explanation of "Baby Bible Moments Together" at the beginning of the book instead of the end; however, if someone receives it as a gift, chances are ,they will flip completely through the book and find it before they start reading it with their young one(s).

Overall Impression:
I loved the book and I think it will be a great bonding experience for families with children.  If you enjoy this book, there are other books in the Baby Bible series.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Let me know what you think about this book.  Happy Reading!

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