Thursday, October 21, 2010

Review: Really Woolly Bible Stories

Recently, Booksneeze sent me a copy of Really Woolly Bible Stories by Bonnie Rickner Jensen, illustrated by Julie Sawyer Phillips for review. This book is a durable padded board book, so you can already tell this is definitely geared toward an under age 5 audience. Given that my children are 5, 4, 3, and 1, this was well suited for all of them. 

This book is comprised of the major stories in the Bible such as Creation and Jesus walks on water, and is presented in a rhyme format. This is super convenient, especially for those early learners! This and the illustrations are two of my favorite parts of this book. Julie Sawyer Phillips did a phenomenal job on the illustrations; the colors are vibrant, the pictures are interesting, and they are very fitting to the story.

However, I do not think that this was comprehensive enough. Traditionally, I try to tell one story each night from an existing Bible stories book, and thought that I would be able to do that with this book. However, this book is a very quick read: my 5 year old and I ran through it while he was waiting for the bus this morning. I try to choose one Bible story so we can focus on that particular story. If you don't mind going through all the major stories of the Bible every night, then this should not be an issue.

Given that this book is geared toward such a young audience that is most likely unfamiliar with the stories of the Bible, this is just a minor issue that I should NOT deter one from buying the book. 

Overall, I have to say that this book is recommended for any child under the age of five. It's a quick read, but the stories are to-the-point and presented in a fun way that a child would be able to understand. 

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