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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Beginning Reader's Bible - Illustrated by Marijke ten Cate

This book combines two great ideas, combine actual bible text with beautiful illustrations for beginning readers. Covering verses from both the Old and New Testaments, it is written in a style so that a beginning reader can read it themselves, and parents can explain the story and context. The verses are taken from the International Children's Bible by Thomas Nelson. The illustrations by Marijke ten Cate are engaging and contribute to the story to remind children that these stories are about actual people that existed through use of facial expressions and body language of the characters.  Being a oversized hard cover book, and containing 180 pages, it will keep even the most avid beginning reader engaged for a long time.
I tested this book on a 7 year old who is just beginning to read and although some words were challenging, was able to get through the passages on her own. I was glad to see a child's Bible that used actual Bible passages.
Also included are memory verse charts, books of the Bible, memory verses from the Old and New Testaments. Each story has sections titled "Remember God's Word", "Do God's Word" and "Pray God's Word" that include activities and prayers for children to relate the Bible to everyday life.
Overall, a very nice collection of verses and encouragement to children to read the Bible and memorize verses. I would recommend this book to any beginning reader who wants to know more about the Bible.

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