Thursday, February 25, 2016

VeggieTales Bible

In the VeggieTales Bible, Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and all their VeggieTales friends invite children to join them and get to know the Bible. In this full-text New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) Bible, each feature is specially designed to help children understand and love God’s Word.

My Review:
What a joy for any fan of VeggieTales!

There are so many creative ideas: There are eight different stories presented in cartoon-like pictures. At the end of each story, the location--chapter and page number--are listed to motivate the child to further explore. Each book of the Bible begins with an introduction. Over 100 verses are sectioned off and colored soft blue to encourage memorization. There's a Table of Contents, a Dictionary, and an index to Veggie Values.

One negative must be mentioned. The print is uncomfortably small for me; most children are used to a larger font. However, the entire Bible is presented, which makes for a hefty book.

This hardbound, colorful Bible should please any child 6-10.

Thank you to Zondervan for my copy.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Berenstain Bears' Easter Sunday by Mike Berenstain

The Bear Family, all of their friends and family, and even the nature all around them get dressed in their Easter best for an Easter Sunday celebration at the Chapel in the Woods. Join Mama, Papa, Brother, sisters and Honey as they go to services, have an Easter treasure hunt, and learn what Easter is all about.

This newest 8x8 title in The Berenstain Bears Living Lights collection follows the Bear family as they join their friends and family at the Chapel in the Woods for an Easter Sunday celebration.

My Review:
What a delight it was for me to read this colorful book about Easter! It opens with the Bear Family preparing to go to church on Easter Sunday morning. As they dress, the reason for choosing colorful clothing is given. Once in church, the organist plays while the bears join the congregation in singing a familiar Easter hymn. Preacher Brown delivers a sermon, which sums up the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

An innovative Easter treasure hunt is held after church; afterwards, it is compared to an egg hunt. The tradition of  bunnies and candy is nicely covered.

It's recommended for children Ages 4-8, but my children enjoyed sitting on my lap while I read to them at a much earlier age. The illustrative pages will be enjoyed by children of all ages.

Thank you to Booklook and Zonderkidz for my copy.