PB & J Girl (8) wanted a Bible of her own, but the Children’s Bible I had was too difficult for her. We had the chance to review The Beginner’s Bible by Zonderkidz, and it was just perfect for her!
First released in 1989, in celebration of its 25th anniversary, The Beginner’s Bible has been redesigned with new art work. Zonderkidz also has a website that includes many extras parents and kids can use with The Beginner’s Bible.
About The Beginner’s Bible
PB & J Girl is reading at an early 2nd grade level, and this book was at just the right level for her. Cuddle Bug is reading at a late kindergarten level, and this book was a bit too difficult for her still.
This book is 511 pages long and includes 96 Bible stories, 48 from the Old Testament and 48 from the New Testament. In the back of the book, there is a three page glossary.
How We Used The Beginner’s Bible
We already study the Bible as part of our homeschool curriculum, so I just let PB & J Girl have this to read through on her own. I frequently found her reading this early in the morning either by herself or to Cuddle Bug.
Our Thoughts on This Book
PB & J Girl loved the pictures on every page. She also liked that there were only about six to eight sentences on each page, so reading the book wasn’t overwhelming. PB & J thought the people in the pictures were a bit modern; for instance, the women sometimes had earrings.
Cuddle Bug said that because she already knew the Bible stories contained in the book, she could tell which story it was just by the illustrations, even though she couldn’t read the text completely. She enjoyed that the pictures were realistic and good at showing each person’s emotions, which helped explain the story.
If you go to The Beginner’s Bible web page, you will find many fun extras to supplement The Beginner’s Bible including:
- Games (match game, jigsaw puzzle, spot the difference, and paint activity)
- Connect the Dots
- Crossword Puzzles
- Search and Find
- Coloring Sheets
- Maze Activities
In addition, there are other activities for parents such as
- Sticker Sheets,
- Activity Pages,
- Coloring Pages,
- Trivia Cards,
- Poster Cards,
- Reading Suggestions (matching the Bible readings up to particular holidays such as Easter and Christmas)
- Snack Ideas
There are plenty of fun resources to supplement The Beginner’s Bible and lead to deeper learning.
Purchasing The Beginner’s Bible
You can buy The Beginner’s Bible by itself for $16.99. However, there are a few other packages available.
The Beginner’s Bible Deluxe Edition
This set includes The Beginner’s Bible and two audio CDs for $24.99
The Beginner’s Bible Collector’s Edition
This set includes all of the items in the Deluxe Edition plus animated videos for all of the stories. This set is $39.99.
If you’re looking for a children’s Bible for your child ages 4 to 8, you can’t go wrong with one of these sets or The Beginner’s Bible itself.
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