This puffy-covered board book tells the major Bible stories briefly and in rhyme. The Rhyme Bible is full of "joyful pictures and ten classic stories" and could become a toddler's favorite bedtime book. The "vivid verse" and "soothing sounds of rhyme" make this an enjoyable read for parents as well, so you won't mind reading it again and again.
I tested it out on the 2 year old I babysat this morning, and this active boy did manage to listen to several pages before wanting to flip through the pages at his speed. So, he looked at the rest of the pictures and ran off to play. So, what did I think? Not bad at all!
Each of the stories has the Bible reference listed (God Made Everything is subtitled Genesis 1&2, for instance), and has edge to edge illustrations across one or two two-page spreads. They don't contain any questionable theology or overly-cartoonish people, although Goliath is ridiculously large. The fish that swallowed Jonah is identified as a fish, not a whale. The story of the fall with the fruit and serpent is not included, but creation, Noah and Moses are all there. Jesus birth, death and resurrection are all included, and the book ends with His ascension:
Jesus' friends went here and there,
Telling people everywhere,
"Jesus is God's only Son,
And he loves you, every one!"
Okay, that last line reminds me a bit of Dicken's Tiny Tim, but toddlers won't have that reference in mind. :) I was mistakingly sent two copies of this book, and was allowed to keep both, so I will be giving them as gifts this Christmas! Thanks, HarperCollins!
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