Monday, May 21, 2007

The Story of Jesus

The Story of Jesus, by Patricia A. Pingry, is designed to teach toddlers and babies the basics about Jesus Christ. In board book format, the author tells us that Jesus is God's son; he loves us; we celebrate his birthday on Christmas; we remember that "Jesus gave his life for us" on Easter; "when we pray, we ask Jesus to help us;" and that the Bible talks about Jesus and his disciples. We also learn that Jesus said "Let the little children come to me. All people should have the faith of a little child" and that he performed many miracles (including making the sick well).

Because the book is an introduction to who Jesus is, there isn't (and shouldn't be) a great deal of detail, but we do get to read an abbreviated version of how Jesus made five rolls of bread and two fish feed thousands.

What I Like: The way the author breaks down a complex subject into a manner digestible and understandable for even young toddlers. The illustrations, by Rebecca Thornburgh, show both modern-day and biblical scenes in a lively fashion.

What I Dislike: Nothing

Overall Rating: Very Good.

Age Appeal: According to the publisher, 4 - 8, but younger toddlers will find the book appealing, too.

Publishing Info: Candy Cane Press, 2002; ISBN: 0824941292; board book, $6.95

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