Monday, March 10, 2014

Book Review: The Rhyme Bible

The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers. L.J. Sattgast. Illustrated by Laurence Cleyet-Merle. 2014. Zonderkidz. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]

In this board book, ten classic Bible stories are told in rhyme for young children to enjoy. The stories include:

God Made Everything (Genesis 1, 2)
The Floating Zoo (Genesis 6-9)
Baby in a Boat (Exodus 2)
David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
Where Did Jonah Go? (Jonah 1, 2)
Daniel Prays (Daniel 6)
Who Saw Jesus? (Luke 2)
A Tasty Lunch (John 6)
Jesus is Coming (Luke 19-23)
Jesus is Alive! (John 21*)

This book is simple, quite simple, with just a few sentences per page. Each story is several pages in length. Six stories come from the Old Testament. Four stories come  from the New Testament. Each story, as I mentioned earlier, is told in rhyme.

Where Did Jonah Go?

God spoke to Jonah.
He said, "Go! Go! Go!"
But Jonah didn't listen.
He said, "No! No! No!"

Jonah ran and tried to hide.
He found a ship and went inside.
But God sent stormy winds outside
To blow, blow, blow!

A fish was waiting hungrily.
It swallowed Jonah easily--
Oh! Oh! Oh!

Jonah prayed inside the fish,
So, so sad.
He said to God, "I'm sorry
I was so, so bad."

Jonah heard the Lord's command:
"Go and preach in other lands."
And Jonah said,
(Can you guess?)
"Yes! Yes! Yes!"

Overall, I thought this was a nice book. I'm not sure any of the stories are great poetry. I'm not sure the rhymes have rhythm exactly (which can be just as important as ending in rhyme, in my opinion). But. I liked it. I think this one would be a good choice for parents to share with their little ones.

*The book has a typo. They list John 2, not John 21, as the source for this resurrection story.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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