Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Baby Bible Christmas Storybook

The Baby Bible Christmas Storybook (The Baby Bible Series)Author: Robin Currie
Illustrated by: Constanza Basaluzzo
Publisher: David Cook
ISBN: 978-0-7814-0368-9
Source: Reviewed for Bookpleasures
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The Baby Bible Christmas Storybook introduces your child to the Christmas story with bright, colorful pictures, simple prayers and suggested actions to bring the stories to life. The sixteen short stories bring parents and children together to learn the wonderful story of Christmas in an interactive manner.

I really enjoyed this Christmas storybook. The illustrations were wonderful and brought the Christmas story to life. They are bright, vivid and easy to see. My daughter was constantly pointing and naming objects, actions and places or animals. The book itself is unique because it gives suggested hand motions under each line in the story for parents to interact with their children. Here is an example:

Joseph knocked on the inn door
[Knock, knock, knock]

He looked for a place to stay in Bethlehem
[Look high and low]

Every room was full
[Shake your head: no room]

At last they stayed in a warm stable.
[Ask: What animals live in a stable?]

Each “chapter” of this book has different movements or prompting questions to encourage parents and children to interact with the story. Ideally this makes the book perfect for children 0-5 years of age. The book also includes a prayer at the end of each “chapter”. For example:

Chapter: A Long Trip
Story: Trip to Bethlehem
Prayer: Dear God, keep us safe when we travel. Amen

Chapter: A Manger Bed
Story: Jesus bed of hay
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for my own bed. Amen

Chapter: Listen to This
Story: Sheppard’s tell of Jesus birth
Prayer: Dear God, show me who to tell about Jesus. Amen

The prayers are simple and easy. They are perfect for children who are learning all about God’s world around them. I would recommend this Bible Christmas Storybook for children ages 0-5. Both my two and four year old enjoy reading it and are able to get different lessons and enjoyment from the stories. This simple book has quite a lot to offer. I was very impressed. The last page has a guide for “Baby Bible moments together” to help parents get the most from their time spent with this book. I appreciated this extra touch.


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