The Precious Moments Storybook Bible is a collection of Bible stories from the International Children’s Bible version. This book retells several bible stories and verses at a young to mid-elementary reading level with pictures populated with the characters of the Precious Moments line. The writing is active, engaging, and includes lots of dialogue.
This collection is separated in four main sections: Favorite Bible Classics, Words of Praise and Wisdom, More Stories of the Faith, and Song and Prayers. I particularly like the second section filled with verses and lessons from Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. The text is large (good for practicing readers) and the pictures provide beautiful, vibrant backgrounds and people typical of the “Precious Moments” characters.
These stories are sometimes embellished with details or bits of story that are not directly written in the Bible, but that create images children can relate to and be drawn into the story. (One example of this embellishment is in their retelling of the creation story where it reads on pages 3 and 4: “Beaches glistened in the sun. Rolling hills and plains stretched on for miles.” Or: “Looking to the skies, God spoke again. ‘Shine warmly, sun! Glow brightly, moon!’” These flourishes do not seem as common in the other sections of the book.) The basic themes and messages of the Bible hold true through most of these retellings.
Some of the stories do only focus on one part of the whole Bible story and sum up the background or subsequent events in only a sentence or two (like what happens to Joseph after his brothers sell him into slavery). A good example, though, of retelling and emphasis found in this book is in the Sermon on the Mount on pages 42-46. I think it important to note that this book is not a kids’ version of a bible, but rather a collection of stories. Knowing this can change your expectations of the book (in a good way, for the book’s sake). (Example: The first section seems in order biblically, but it doesn’t even include the birth story, though that makes a brief appearance in the third section.) Because of this organization, I wouldn’t use this as my child’s only bible, but I do think it’s good as a supplement.
Question for you: What’s your favorite kids’ collection of bible stories?
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