Friday, January 18, 2013

Book Review: Candle Bible for Kids

 Candle Bible for Kids, Toddler Edition  -     
        By: Juliet David

Candle Bible for Kids: Toddler Edition by Juliet David and illustrated by Jo Parry is a sweet little book with a selection of stories from the Bible.  Both the size of the book and the slightly thicker pages are made perfectly for a toddler’s little hands.  However, I have some thoughts regarding the illustrations and the content of this little Bible.

First off, the illustrations are absolutely adorable, but sometimes so “cute” that they are actually inaccurate.  Children depend so much on pictures to help them learn so I try to consider what my child will remember from the picture.  For instance, the pictures of Adam and Eve make them appear to be two children and the cute little ark makes a literal interpretation of the story seem laughable. 

Secondly the content is simple and straightforward throughout the book as you would expect for a Bible for this age.  There is a pretty good selection of stories from both the Old and New Testaments with the references listed occasionally for further reading.  However there is no clear presentation of the Gospel- no explanation as to why Jesus died.  The facts are stated, but the importance of these events are so life-altering that it seems like a glaring hole to me.  What good is a book of cute little children's stories if they lack purpose.

I don't know if you have been to the children's section of your local Christian bookstore lately, but there are numerous kids Bibles to choose from.  I think this one just happens to be run-of-the-mill and your money could be better spent elsewhere. 

3 out of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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