When it comes to teaching my son about God and His word, we lean on a lot on different types of books. While I'm able to explain things in my own words, I can totally appreciate the age-appropriate wording that skilled authors use in many Christian children's book. The Look and Tell Bible is a new one that we've been reading that actually adds a little something extra than your typical storybook format.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Look and Tell Bible gives preschoolers and toddlers the opportunity to use creative, charming illustrations to interact with you in an innovative way. Rebus format allows little ones to read along and become a part of the experience while learning important Bible stories. Parents will love teaching their children these enduring stories while offering their children the opportunity to grow as a believer. Bible stories include: Adam and Eve, Noah and the Ark, Joseph, Moses, David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lions’ Den, the Nativity, the Feeding of the 5,000, the Good Samaritan, and the Easter Story.
First of all, I have to start off by saying this is a really cool book, especially for toddlers and preschoolers. Besides the fact that it is a board book with extra large print and colorful illustrations, it is actually written in Rebus format. For those who may not be familiar with this format, it is pretty reminiscent of a word play game. You may have seen those pictogram puzzles where, for example, there will be a "M" along with a plus sign and a picture of an ice cube. The answer for this would be "Mice." Rebus basically uses various pictures to represent words or parts of a word to tell a story.
The Look and Tell Bible contains eleven popular Bible stories from Creation to Easter. Every story is composed of only a few sentences with the Rebus format included. As children turn each page they'll see that the left side shows a picture key of objects and/or characters and what they represent. The right side is composed of the story and these various pictures and/or objects are actually incorporated into it, replacing the appropriate word.
For example, in the story about Moses, you'll see various pictures on the right page that represent Moses, the Pharaoh, Egypt, etc. Miniature versions of those same pictures are placed into the story where the words should be. So let's say every time the word ""Egypt" is mentioned, there will be a picture of pyramids instead of the actual word.
The reading can be a little tricky at first, but at the same time it's tons of fun! This book not only offers an engaging reading experience for little ones by allowing them to visualize various characters and objects from a story, but it also helps them practice memorization. Eventually they'll remember the pictures off the top of their head and won't even need the key page to help them.
I can't stress how neat this book really is! I always loved pictogram puzzles when I was a little girl and would have really enjoyed books like this. When I sit with my son to read it, he gets a kick out of going back and forth to see what the pictures mean and how they fit into the story. Dawn Machell is responsible for the illustrations for this book, and I have to say she did a marvelous job at depicting various characters and objects in a way that young children can delight in.
The Look and Tell Bible is a wonderful book that adds a fun twist! I definitely recommend picking up a copy for the little ones in your life. I bet they will love it just as much as mine does.
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