Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Rhyme Bible: Storybook for Toddlers

“In the beginning,
God made the light.
The light was for day,
The dark was for night.”
 – The Rhyme Bible

The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers is a colorful sturdy padded cover board book with 10 tales from the Scriptures told in very simple "baby accessible" verse. Starting with Creation, running thru Noah and Jonah and Daniel and other well-loved Old Testament stories and then into the new Testament with the birth of Jesus, Loaves and Fishes, and more - this Bible provides a simple framework upon which one can start to build a child's faith and knowledge. Laurence Cleyet-Merle's illustrations are bright and engaging - and we were happy to note that Jesus was portrayed as a pleasantly attractive man with dark curls and medium complexion, rather than the blonde of my childhood. The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers is a preview to The Rhyme Bible Storybook, which is intended for older children.

I recommend The Rhyme Bible for parents who want a friendly, accessible way to start teaching simple Bible stories to very young children. I view each as a starting point...not as a complete "lesson" - but rather a way to introduce an idea and then explore further. I plan to use the title with my wee grandson when he is old enough to hold the book - to share the rhymes, and then talk about the deeper story and the deeper truths therein.

L. J. Sattgast has written a number of children's titles, including the Rhyme Bible Storybook, Teach me about God, Teach me about Jesus, and Steps to Jesus.

Laurence Cleyet-Merle is the highly talented European illustrator of a number of children's books including the Rhyme Bible Storybook, the Animal Stencil Book, Lemon the Duck, and The Nest.

The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers is published by Zondervan. It can be purchased for $9.99 directly from Zondervan, or at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or other fine booksellers.

Bible; Toddler/Child.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson through BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trace Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."