Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Review: Read and Share Toddler Bible & Tiny Talk Tuesday

Esmé (28 months) and I were in love with this Read and Share Toddler Bible (stories retold by Gwen Ellis; recommended audience ages 1-4) the moment we ripped open the package.

The illustrations (by Steve Smallman) are perfect for capturing a toddler's attention. There are 40 Bible stories, each in a vocabulary Esmé can easily follow, as well as an engaging style that gets the toddler involved. The lessons of God’s love are relevant and easy to understand.

There are suggested activities following each story to reinforce it. For instance, in the story of Joseph, I can get out my emotions cards and have Esmé identify the emotions of the various characters throughout the story. Or in the story of Abram's journey to Canaan, I can lead Esmé on a "long" walk or journey, with a treat at the end.

And the Bonus DVD that comes with it? Well, Esmé had it ripped out of the cover of the book and into the DVD player before I finished opening up the rest of the mail. The 60-minute DVD is broken up into three-minute stories.

This is the first Bible story DVD that really captured Esmé's attention to the point that she preferred it over the other non-Bible DVDs we have. I was somewhat surprised, because the animation and story lines were quite simple, but she has requested what she calls the "God/Jesus/donkey" DVD over and over again as her first choice.

To get a better look, check out the flip book online. You can purchase this book through Thomas Nelson or Amazon.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program for the review copy of this book.


And all the Bible story reading has led to some interesting Tiny Talk...

For instance, Esmé told me she "ha' to eat apple right now; snake say." Now, there is no reference to "apple" in the book, but she's in the habit of calling all red fruit (cherries, plums etc.) apples. And so we discussed how the snake was bad and Eve made the wrong choice.

And then came the slightly bewildering conversation where she started launching bathtub objects at me from her bath, telling me, "I ha’ to kill the monster. I ha’ to throw this at his head. I ha’ to kill you. I ha’ to throw this at your head. I ha’ to kill you, Mommy." Referring, of course, to the story of David and Goliath. There is no reference to "kill" in the book's version of this story, so I'm not sure where that came from.

Some other cute Esmé-isms: "What clock is it?" when she looks at her watch.

And "Take your clothes off and be happy!" when Pappa and I were having a serious discussion. I have NO idea where that one came from...


Anonymous said...

Carl and I were just discussing whether or not we should get Joy a toddler Bible, especially for when we read Scripture at the end of dinner, so she can "follow" along. We're still unsure about it (Carl's leaning toward waiting until she can have a real Bible), but if we do decide to buy one, I'll check this one out first! Thanks for the rec!

Debra said...

Hmmm.....well, let me see here...this book review has peaked my interest! lol

I'm gathering that Esme wants to kill a monster and that's great...I just hope it's not when anyone takes their clothes off! lol

Love you Esme!

ShEiLa said...

I am going to try the 'take off your clothes and be happy' on my hubby... he will be like... what???

No one ever knows where kids come up with the hilarious things they do... we are just glad for a good laugh.

I still remember the bible stories my Daddy used to tell me. We also listened to them on records.


Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Thanks for the review. We were given a children's Bible when my oldest was baptised, I think, but it's, well, kind of dull.

That "I ha' to kill you Mommy" stuff would have freaked me out!

SarahHub said...

Looks like a good book! Evie it completely in love with the God's Little Princess Devotional Bible.

Clueless_Mama said...

This sounds exactly like something I would enjoy with my son. Thanks for the great review.

Theresa @ Heavenly Glimpses said...

Wow! Out of the mouth of babes...cute stuff!!

Mary@notbefore7 said...

I ha' to tell you that she is so funny! I love the wandering thoughts of little ones...where does it come from?

Cute Cute!