The Adventure Bible for Toddlers starts children ages 2-5 on the journey of a lifetime, teaching them about the Bible’s great stories and themes. It helps young children grow in their relationship with God using stories and art from the wildly popular Adventure Bible Storybook. With ten beautifully illustrated and beloved Bible stories from the Old and New Testament, this sturdy padded board book will stimulate toddlers’ minds and fill their hearts with love for their heavenly Father.
|About the Contributor(s)||Catherine DeVries
Catherine DeVries is a writer and editor. She has been influential in the development of many bestselling children’s Bibles and Bible storybooks including The Adventure Bible, The Beginner’s Bible and the Jesus Storybook Bible. She is also the author of My Time with God and many articles that have been published in professional magazines and journals. Catherine lives with her husband and three children in Colorado.
|Publish Date||Oct 6, 2015|
- Review by Penny
Catherine DeVries has taken several of the Bible stories we teach to little ones and reduced them down to just about a hundred words each. Each story will only take a few minutes to read, and therefore can keep the attention of a toddler throughout. Jim Madsen has illustrated in a way to draw them in and make them ooo and ahh to keep their attention, as well.
I would recommend this Bible story book to tiny toddlers and early readers.
(Posted on 12/17/2015)
- Review by Zac
The cover of this board book Bible has animals on it and is padded. In all honesty, this is the first Bible I can say actually confuses me on who it is for. Let me explain. The look and feel with this being a board book and having a padded cover, along with the fact that it says “for Little Ones” on the cover makes me think this is for toddlers. As I started reading the Bible stories, however, they use words and descriptions I would expect to find in a Bible for older children. For example, “God whirled the sun and moon in its space.” The wording just didn’t flow and sound like something I’d read to a toddler and expect them to be interested in.
Also, I think many of the stories are poorly written and compromise the Biblical message. In the example above, “God whirled the sun and moon ints space.” This is the first time I have ever read in a Bible that God “whirled” them. I have always read that God spoke and it was. To me, that is a lot easier to understand than trying to use these filler words to describe it. I understand that this is the “Adventure Bible,” but I was so tired of the word adventure by the time I was half way through this Bible. It is used so much and to me, took away from the story.
As far as the illustrations go, I didn’t really enjoy them either. For a Bible for toddlers, I expected cute and colorful pictures. These illustrations were something I’d expect to see in a Bible for older children. I also felt many of the illustrations felt dated. I wanted to like this Bible, but it just felt confusing. I think they missed their target audience (toddlers) and I don’t think this is the best Bible out there for this age group.
*I received a free copy of this product to facilitate this post, however you, my readers, come first and all opinions are my own. (Posted on 12/15/2015)
- Review by Jalynn
This Bible does NOT cover every single story in the Bible just some of the more prominent ones such as creation, Noah, David, Daniel, etc. A great start to getting God's word into these little hearts.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. (Posted on 11/14/2015)
- Review by InkBlotsbyTRD.blogspot.com
The Adventure Bible for Little Ones/Adventure Bible for Toddlers is another addition to the popular Adventure Bible line from Zondervan/Zonderkidz. As with the rest of the Adventure Bible line, the Adventure Bible for Little Ones contains many references to "adventure". (It leans toward overkill of the word, in my opinion.)
The Adventure Bible for Little Ones contains 40 boardbook pages (counting front and back side as two pages), featuring 6 stories from the Old Testament and 4 stories from the New Testament. Each story is 4 pages (2 page openings) long.
Old Testament stories:
- "The Adventure Begins" (Creation)
- "Noah's Ark"
- "Moses' Many Adventures" (Moses)
- "Boy Versus Giant" (David & Goliath)
- "Drooling Lions" (Daniel & the lions)
- "Fish Food" (Jonah)
New Testament stories:
- "Jesus Is Born"
- "Jesus Is Baptized"
- "Jesus and the Children"
- "The Adventure Continues..." (the Gospels)
The art in the Adventure Bible for Little Ones is not like the very cartoon-like drawings you will find in most toddler books, but are rather more on the realistic side. (The illustrations are done by Jim Madsen who also illustrated the NIV Adventure Bible, the NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers, and the Adventure Bible Storybook.) Although in general I appreciated the illustrations in the Adventure Bible for Little Ones, I did find one of the illustrations in the story about Jonah to be a bit graphic for my taste. (The illustration shows an angry looking fish spewing a green liquid, along with Jonah, from his mouth. This is accompanied by the story, which says, "Jonah got up and wiped himself off.")
The text is by Catherine DeVries who also wrote the Adventure Bible Storybook. The stories in the Adventure Bible for Little Ones are just that - stories. (They are not quotes from the Bible.)
The title (Adventure Bible for Little Ones) references this being a book for toddlers, but the back cover says "Ages 4-8". In my experience, kids generally tend to get over board books around age 4, so I would go with the "Toddler" on this, not the age recommendation. The boardbook pages are sturdy and the cover is hardback with a slight padding.
All in all, I think the Adventure Bible for Little Ones is a good book to have to share with your toddlers. With the limitations of a boardbook (not very many pages), you will also want to have other toddler Bible storybooks on hand to share with your little ones to give a more comprehensive overview of the Bible's stories.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 11/7/2015)