This Bible Storybook is a new edition of a book previously printed in Europe. Bound in a padded cover with a ribbon bookmark, the book features one “five minute” story for each day of the year and colorful illustrations on every page.
-While I did not read every single story, I read a large sampling. The telling was faithful to the Bible and easy for my four and five year olds to understand. For the purist, there are added details (for example, in the story of Jesus’ birth, that the stable was a “cozy place” and Jesus was “a beautiful child”) but the details were not contradictory to the Bible (in what I read).
-My five year old said he likes the pictures. In the illustrations, the women are modestly clothed and the graphics are not gory or explicit.
-My kids may like the illustrations, but I don’t really. Lots of stringy hair flying everywhere and on most pages, the faces look really glum or angry, even when the story isn’t necessarily indicating negative emotions.
-While the cover claims “5-minute stories,” most of these stories can be read aloud in 30 seconds to two minutes.
-Most importantly, the book entirely skips large portions of the Bible. Any part of Scripture that isn’t narrative (i.e. Psalms, Proverbs, prophetic messages, epistles) is unmentioned. The book also ends with Acts, so Revelation is not represented. Within the narrative, there are some obvious omissions as well. For example, the forty years that the Israelites spent wandering in the desert. It tells the Exodus up until the twelve spies are sent into the Promised Land and return with their fearful message. Moses warns the people not to doubt God. Then the next stories are Moses’ death and Joshua leading the people into Canaan. Not once is the forty years of wandering mentioned. Another example is the return from captivity. The last Old Testament story in this book is Esther. There is no mention of the return, Ezra and Nehemiah, rebuilding the temple, etc. Considering that the story of Ehud killing King Eglon is given two days and the parable of the Prodigal Son three days (just two examples of many short passages that are spread over multiple days), these omissions are glaring.
All considered, I would say there are much better Bible storybook options available.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.