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Little Blessings: What Is the Bible? Review by Karen YuenBy Kathleen Long Bostrom
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
351 Executive Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188
Little Blessings has produced a wonderful book designed to help preschoolers ages 3 to 6 explore what's inside the Bible and learn to love God's Word. The lovely illustrations include familiar characters found in other Little Blessing books. This book contains a poem that highlights important aspects of the Bible, including that fact that all the words in the Bible are inspired by the Holy Spirit, though there are many authors. The poem also highlights the story of Jesus, His ministry, death, resurrection, and our resulting salvation! With just two sentences per page, the text is easy for young children to enjoy. Something about the book's simplicity draws young readers in and makes God's truth easy to grasp and hold in their hearts. The pictures are colorful and inviting, providing lots of excellent interaction with young listeners!
The back of the book contains a Bible Reference section that lists the text from each page along with associated Scriptures to help children understand that the words in the poem are based on the Bible. I always appreciate books that encourage parents to read the Bible to little ones; however, it might have been nice to have the Scripture references on the actual pages of the text. Although having the list in the back of the book is certainly helpful, it can be difficult to hold young children's attention while flipping back and forth.
What Is the Bible? is certainly a huge hit in our home! The kids obviously don't mind the formatting of Scripture references in the back of the book, and this is only a minor inconvenience for adult readers. I would certainly recommend this book for families with young children, and I'm sure adults will enjoy its charm as well!