Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Review: My Story Bible

Hey, it's me, Esmé, reviewing my book! I am one-two years old (29 months).

The name of this book is My Story Bible: 66 Favorite Stories. It was written by Jan Godfrey and Paola Bertolini Grudina. It has LOTS of pages - 141! And lots of Bible stories, too. You can find more information and buy this book at the Tyndale site.

Here's what the publisher has to say about this book: "This is a true story book. The 4-color bright and charming art will attract kids, but the way the writer makes the beloved 66 Bible stories come alive will keep them coming back. The book is written from a storyteller’s perspective; the imaginative writing makes the characters from the Bible come alive and piques kids’ interest about the word of God. The repetitive style helps kids remember the stories."

Here's what I've got to say about it:

Do you like this book? Yeah.

What is this book about?
Animals, cats and dogs and birds and butterflies and monkeys and giraffes and hippopatas and flowers and I don't know what that bird is.

Let me see Baby Moses right now. Is he crying?

Let's look at these pictures.

Read the story about Joseph!

Read the story about Noah!

Here's what Mommy has to say:

This is a terrific addition to our library. With 66 Bible stories, this includes many that Esmé has not heard yet. Each one is two pages, which is short enough to keep her attention, and when she's in the mood for more reading, we can continue on with more stories.

The vocabulary is easy to understand and written at a toddler's level, and the authors make the most of sound effects, using words like CRASH!, hopping and humming and buzzing, WAAHHH!, flap, flap, coo, coo, etc. throughout the stories, much to Esmé's delight.

The cute cartoon-like illustrations definitely attract her attention. One thing I did find interesting is that she couldn't identify who Jesus was in these illustrations, though she has been able to do so readily in other books. It's made me wonder what specifically it is that artists use to portray who Christ is...

You may wonder how this compares with the Read and Share Toddler Bible we reviewed awhile back. I would say this book is a little more wordy and for a slightly older audience - and both books are excellent!

Thanks to the Tyndale Blog Network for the review copy of this book! You can find Tyndale's entire line of children's books at