Today we have a guest post from my Mom! I received this Children’s Book from Kregel Publications and asked her to review it for me! Enjoy!
99 Stories from the Bible was well done. It was put together with great attention given to Scripture and the order it should follow. When you first look at this publication you notice that it is written for the very young. One thing I really like about this book is that the pictures are not cartoons yet they are gentle enough that children are not frightened by them. They match the stories well and enable children to make the necessary connections from the written words to the pictures.
As one considers the total publication one cannot help but notice the similarity to the order of the stories with the books and stories of the Bible. They both begin with creation and walk you through the stories of the old testament from Abraham to Jacob and Joseph to Moses across the River to Joshua capturing Jericho. I liked that it included the story of Samuel and how he learned about listening to God, an important story and concept for children to learn then we introduced to David Esther and finally we see how God tested Jonah and the people of Nineveh to round out the stories of the old testament.
The new testament was no disappointment as it followed the same logically order similar to scripture. It begins with a Message for Mary and her journey to the stable and the visit of the Wise men. We then see Jesus get baptize choose his apostles followed by his various miracles. Then we learn about the plot against Jesus to the story of the resurrection stopping to visit the story of the Last Supper, the betrayal of Judas the cross and the finding of the tomb empty to the Road of Emmaus story and finally Jesus’s ascension into heaven and a time we look forward to his return. All in all this book was well done and can be used not only in teaching these specific stories but also in other subject areas such as in math to teach sequencing and ordering stories. In social studies you can have children map out the journey. there are many other ways you could incorporate this book into your full curriculum.
*I received this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.*