Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible

This book is illustrated by Omar Aranda and published by ZonderKids. The book is approximately 8 x 10 inches which is similar to other hardback illustrated children’s books. Comprised of 33 popular Bible stories, there are 18 stories from the Old Testament and 15 stories from the New Testament. Each story has a title, scripture verse (taken from the New International Version (NIV), vibrant illustrations, “Once Upon A Time…” paraphrased story, and a “Happily Ever After” word of wisdom and story scripture reference.

On the front cover, it states, “The Bible is not a fairy tale. Every great story happened once upon a time.” An example of a “Happily Ever After” section in the Queen Esther story states, “Esther was brave to face Haman and the king. God gave her the courage she needed to save her people. He makes all of us brave when we need to be.” In the Darkest Day story about Jesus dying on the cross it states, “Jesus gave his life to save the world. He died so that one day, you could join him in heaven. Tell him thank you for his sacrifice.” I love the colorful illustrations of this book. The stories are written simplistically for a preschool and early elementary audience. This book will definitely appeal to young children and would make a great gift!

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that ZonderKids provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible
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The Beginner’s Bible (Updated 2016)

This book was first published by ZonderKids in 1989. It has been a favorite among households with young children. The old version has beautiful, colorful, and engaging illustrations. This updated version has the same illustrations but they have been transformed into three-dimensional art. 15541995_10211632981809220_344271054706927781_n

(Left: old version. Right: updated 2016 version.)

The stories are exactly the same in both versions. Over 90 stories divided between the old and new testaments.

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I remember my younger brother and sister receiving The Beginner’s Bible when they were toddlers. I loved reading it to them. Our family loved this book! When my first daughter was born, we received a copy of it. If it had not been given to us, I would have definitely bought it myself. The illustrations are eye-catching and perfect for younger children. The stories are easy to read for beginners.

However, I personally prefer the previous version instead of the updated version when it comes to the illustrations. In my opinion, this is a classic example of when newer is not always better. The pages in the updated version are thicker and shinny but I think that the 2D illustrations in the older version are more crisp. Here is a side by side comparison (Top: old version. Bottom: updated 2016 version.):

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Whatever your illustration preferences, I definitely recommend The Beginner’s Bible for any household or church library!

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The Beginner’s Bible, New and Updated Edition 2016
By Zondervan / Zondervan

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Really Woolly Bible Stories

This children’s book is filled with easy to understand stories from the Bible:  Creation, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, The Ten Commandments, David and Goliath, Daniel, Jonah, Jesus’ Birth, Jesus Loves the Little Children, Jesus Feeds 5,000, the Good Smaraitan, Jesus Walks on Water, Jesus’ Death & Resurrection, & The Great Commission. The author notes the Bible references for each story for further reading. The introduction to the book includes this poem and Bible verse:

“Through these stories you will discover

That God is faithful and true,

And Jesus, the Good Shepherd,

Will always take care of you.”

“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms

and carries them close to his heart.” Isaiah 40:11

The artwork in this book is absolutely adorable–just like the the rest of the Really Woolly line! I love the simplistic way of introducing important Bible stories to children. I read the whole book to my 3 1/2 year old daughter in one sitting. It held her attention from start to finish. The book is a durable board book with a padded cover; so it is great for toddlers. The poems and rhymes are catchy and understandable for the pre-school/kindergarten age. It would make a great baby shower, birthday, holiday, or “just because” gift!

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Really Woolly Bible Stories

By Bonnie Rickner Jensen / Tommy Nelson

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