Monday, May 4, 2015

Book Review: The Story for Kids

The Story for Kids: Discover the Bible from Beginning to End is the Bible written in story form.  It is written to be similar to the version for adults. (The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People).

Description from the publisher:
" Now God’s great love story is told in a format for kids ages 9-12. The Story for Kids parallels the adult and teen edition of the book and can be used as part of The Story campaign or on its own.
The adventure, humor, and drama found in The Story for Kids compel kids to see the Bible as relevant and transformational. It’s the perfect resource for parents, grandparents, and teachers to use to introduce their children to the Bible as a complete story—one that tells about God’s great love for his people.

-Characters, events, and teachings of the Bible arranged chronologically
-Interior line art to engage the imagination
-Transitional paragraphs set off in italics guide you through the stories
-Discussion questions for small group or book clubs
-Includes Scripture portions from the easy-to-read text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)"

I love this concept.  We have several children's story Bibles that we adore.  (The Child's Story Bible and The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name are our very favorites.)  Having read the version of The Story written for adults, I have to say that I was a bit disappointed in this children's version.  Though this would make a nice silent reading book for a child, the language is mediocre and the sentences are so short as to make the paragraphs feel choppy.  I wish the quality of the writing were a bit more literary.  

To be fair, I understand that the intention was to make a Bible that a child really could read to himself.  That has been accomplished.  I will certainly make this available to my children to read to themselves.  

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
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