Friday, October 29, 2010

Time for Bed Bible Stories

From Noah to Jesus, Time for Bed Bible Stories shares bite-sized stories just the right length for bedtime.

Stories include:
  • Noah Builds an Ark
  • Daniel and the Lions
  • Jonah and the Gigantic Man-Swallowing Fish
  • Jesus Calms a Storm
  • Jesus and the Tiny Taxman
  • Jesus is Alive!
All of the stories have bright and cheerful illustrations to accompany them, many showing smiling people and animals.
    Time for Bed Bible Stories is written by Juliet David and illustrated by Sarah Pitt.

    What I Like: The stories are short, maybe a couple paragraphs at the longest, so they're quick to get through. You could easily read three or four stories to your youngster before shutting off the light at night.

    What I Dislike: Several stories feel unfinished. In many cases, adding one more finishing sentence probably would have strengthened the stories, and left me (or my kids) without questions. For instance, in "Joseph and His Special Coat," the end of the story states that "one day Joseph's father and brothers came to live in Egypt too." There's no mention of how the father and brothers were reconciled to Joseph. A one or two sentence addition could have fixed this.

    None of the stories had references, which I would have liked in case my child wanted to know more about a particular story.

    From a writer's point of view, the book doesn't feel like it was edited well. The first story, Noah Builds an Ark, is written in present tense, while every other story is in past tense.

    Overall Rating: Ho-hum

    Age Appeal: 4 - 8, but I feel the way the stories are written, older children may get bored. My personal feel is Baby - 5.

    Publisher Info: Candle Books, 2010; ISBN: 978-1-85985-778-6; Hardback, 93 pages, $12.99

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    Special Info: We've also reviewed other books by Juliet David. You can find them here. Also, some parents may wish to know that all of the stories that feature Jesus show His face.

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