Thursday, July 14, 2016

My Favorite Children's Storybook Bible

The Big Picture Story Bible Review

I have quite a few Children's story Bibles.  Some were gifts and some I bought myself.  Most are decent, but one of the ones I have really stands out to me.  It does an excellent job of showing children the overall theme of the Bible.  It is The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm with illustrations by Gail Schoonmaker.

The story of David and Goliath in The Big Picture Story Bible

Here are the main things I am looking for in a Bible story book:

  1. Good Story Content: They are definitely incomplete as they don't contain all of the Bible stories.  Of course, we all have our favorite stories that we would like to see included, but it's impossible to have them all in there.  However, it is good to have a wise selection of which stories to include.
  2. Good Bible Interpretation: On top of that, Bible story books are not literal translations of the Bible so they are an interpretation of the author.  Therefore, you hope the author knows how to accurately translate the Bible.  
  3. Good Story Telling: The text needs to be easy enough for a child to understand and 
  4. Good Illustrations:  The pictures have to be well drawn and in a style that interests kids.
The story of captivity in The Big Picture Story Bible

I felt like The Bible Picture Story Bible did an excellent job on all of these points and, in addition to those, it was able to keep "the big picture" or main theme of the Bible in view during all of the stories.

The Christmas story in The Big Picture Story Bible

Bottom Line:
This is my favorite Bible story book that stands out above the rest that I own, it's simple text and beautiful illustrations capture and keep children's attention for them to hear and understand the overall story of the Bible.

Heaven in The Big Picture Story Bible

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