Reading Bible stories to children is a wonderful way to get them on the right path to walking with the Lord, early on. Younger children will more than likely prefer a visual learning experience– for example picture books, etc. I personally believe it's equally important for them to also understand what is being read to them. With new simple Bible translations, this can easily be achieved. Of course, Bible storybooks are another fabulous way to get those special moments in Biblical history across. We always enjoy reading children's books that offer stories from the Bible. Recently, we've been reading the new God's Little Lambs Bible Stories.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Bible Stories for God’s Little Lambs is a storybook Bible written just for little ones. With a padded cover and simple, accessible text by Julie Stiegemeyer, children will learn about God’s love through stories such as Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the Big Fish, and Jesus Welcomes the Children. With soft brushstrokes and warm colors, Qin Leng provides illustrations readers will love to cuddle up with at bedtime or any time of the day.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Julie Stiegemeyer has authored more than twenty books for children, including picture books and board books. She has also written for magazines, newspapers, and devotional books. In addition to writing, Julie works at her local public library, and she enjoys speaking about writing for children and adults. Julie lives in the Chicago area. Find out more at www.juliestiegemeyer.net.
God's Little Lambs Bible Stories is a padded hardcover book with about 160 pages. Included inside are thirty-five special stories taken right from the Bible. Seventeen of these stories are from the Old Testament and eighteen of them are from the New Testament. Each one begins with a scripture reference that shows where the story was taken from.
What I really like about this particular book of Bible stories is that it flows extremely well from one story to the next. For example many books like this will touch up on the story of Noah's Ark, one that is a favorite for a lot of children, but they may also leave out what happened to Noah's ancestors many years later. This one actually includes a story about the Tower of Babel. Other Bible stories in this book include important moments in the lives of Moses, David and Jesus.
The age range for Bible Stories for God’s Little Lambs is from two to seven years old. Each story is roughly about two to three pages long and there is a bit of wording throughout each one. This might not be an issue for a seven year old, but younger children may not be able to read this alone. That doesn't mean it won't be equally enjoyable for the younger readers. I personally read this to my own son and he loves to listen to each story (right now he is trying to read it out loud by himself as I write this review). He especially enjoys glancing over the precious illustrations by Qin Leng. The cover art showing Jesus sitting with several children is one of my many favorites in this book and is elaborated even further inside with a story called Jesus Welcomes the Children.
Bible Stories for God’s Little Lambs is a beautiful book that's sure to delight children as they learn about those special stories in the Bible. One of the things that I did forget to mention above is that each story ends with a special message that offers an extra dose of love and encouragement.
Some of these messages include:
We know that Jesus also does wonderful things for us.
We may also be afraid, but God will help is. He always does.
Jesus love everyone, big and small. He loves moms, dads, grandmas, and grandpas. And He really loves children–including you!
Just another reason as to why this book is such a special read for little ones!
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