August 20, 2013

A Storybook Bible for Older Children

This book was provided by the publisher to facilitate this review.  I received no other compensation.  As always, all opinions are my own.

When Kregel Publications asked if I was interested in reviewing The Candle Classic Bible, I eagerly said, "Yes!"  We have been reading storybook Bibles every day at bedtime for the past four or five years.  We have many storybook Bibles, and some we like better than others.  (I shared my favorite storybook Bibles on my old blog, if you are interested in taking a peek.  We've read all of those at least twice.  Some more than that.)  Our oldest child is nearly seven and our middle child is almost five, so we are really nearing daily reading from the actual Bible.  (I will interject here that my daughter does read her Bible almost daily.)
The Candle Classic Bible is a fabulous option for those who are preparing to transition to a regular translation of the Bible instead of a storybook Bible.  It includes some of the details often left out of some (not all) of the other Bibles might leave out.  David and Bathsheba?  Check.  How about that!?  And the story is written clearly, though appropriate for a child!

With 365 stories included, more stories and details are included.  The language within each story lends itself to older children.  With realistic illustrations (and fewer of them), more mature language, and additional details an older child will still enjoy this storybook Bible.  Kregel has geared this for 8-10 year olds.  We're using it with younger children who are rather experienced in the Bible.  Though some of the details may go over their heads, we still like it, and we look forward to reading this Bible again in the future.

We have been using this Bible for over a month now, and I definitely recommend the Candle Classic Bible for older kids, whether as a read aloud or to be read independently.  Bonus: This hardcover Bible is about $10 (half-price!) at the time of this writing on Amazon.

UPDATED: I obviously didn't read all of the 365 stories prior to posting though I did skim.  Thought I would share the terms "make love" was used in the story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife.  Some children may question this though my own did not.  I will say I prefer the situation to be addressed instead of glossing over it!

Thank you, Kregel, for sending me this book for review purposes.
~ Annette {This Simple Mom}
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