Hello again, savvy savers! Today finds us with a new book review, and this time the The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights) by
What’s nice about the Zondervan series of books is that it bridges the same gap that believers need to bridge, with devotions which can be seen in the “Living Lights” series of books going. As much as the world thinks it needs to paint things into a “secular” or a “religious” box, the truth is, like with the Berenstain Bears, we can be both, shining a light in the former and being a light in the latter.
The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones contains very simple prose that you can read to your child or have him or her read to you. As with many books for toddlers like this, this one isn’t a “Bible” so much as a collection of seven stories from the Bible (Creation, Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, the Birth of Jesus, the Good Samaritan, Jesus in Jerusalem, the Resurrection).
The illustrations are typical for a Berenstein Bears book–they feature the Bears playing the parts of the different Bible characters and there’s a lot of detail for you to point out with your child. The book is hardcover, about 5 x 7 x 1, and had nice thick card stock pages for durability.
The stories are all simplified versions of the Bible stories and are mostly accurate. I did see some minor instances where some embellishment was made. For example, in the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den, it says that Daniel pet the lions. In the story of Jesus’s death, for obvious reasons they didn’t get into a lot of details, but the entire crucifixion was summed up in the sentence “But the soldiers did hurt Jesus. Jesus was sad, but reminded them, ‘God loves you.'” This book is simplistic, and easy to understand.
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