Tuesday, September 5, 2017
5 Minute Bible Stories by Stephen Elkins
100 stories and 100 songs
Created by Stephen Elkins
Illustrated by Tim O'Connor
100 Bible stories that are short and easy to understand and can be read in five minutes or less. Each story is accompanied by a song that goes along with the story. The book seems to be pretty comprehensive as far as capturing the popular Bible stories: Creation, Noah, Job, four stories about David, Jonah, birth of Jesus, some parables and miracles and ending with heaven. Some of the songs include Amazing Grace to go with the Beatitudes, Be Kind to go with the story of David and Mephibosheth, He is Lord with the story of Samson and so on.
In paging through the book, a lot of the songs look familiar to me and I am guessing you could find the music on YouTube for the ones that you don't know. I would wish there was either music to go with the songs, not just the lyrics or that there was a CD with all the songs on it. If someone doesn't know a lot of Bible songs or hasn't had a two year old who loves music and we listen to a lot of children's Bible songs, it would be rather time consuming to have to look up a lot of the songs on YouTube or some other place. There is a website www.wonderworkshop.com that is supposed to contain the full song lyrics as not all of the songs are listed in their entirety, but it appears to not be up and working yet. When I typed in that address, I got a message that the My Wonder Kids site is coming soon.
While I haven't read all the stories, they look interesting and like something my 2.5 year old will love. I'm not necessarily a good judge of ages for children's books as my daughter loves books and will listen to books that I thought she would find boring (too many words, not enough pictures). But I would say this book would be good for two year olds on up to lower grades in school as they would be able to read it for themselves.
I think this is a lovely book and I'm trying to decide if I will use it now or save it for a birthday or Christmas gift this coming year.
I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and was not required to write a positive review.
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