I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.365 Classic Bedtime Bible Stories by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Published by Barbour Publishing, Incorporated on 2017-11
Genres: Bible Stories, General, Juvenile Nonfiction, Religion
Story Time--The Most Important 10 Minutes in a Child's Day! Your children or grandchildren will delight in this fully-illustrated storybook that brings 365 read-aloud classic Bible stories to life for impressionable young hearts.
Beginning with the creation story, "God Creates the Earth," and ending with "In Eternity with God," your children will develop faith in an almighty God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, while journeying alongside Bible characters like Samuel, Jonah, Esther, David, John the Baptist, Mary, Joseph, and many more.
365 Classic Bedtime Bible Stories promises to make bedtime reading a delightful learning and faith-building experience for your kids 3 and up.
Let’s talk for a minute. I was sorta excited when I was notified that Barbour Publishing reached out to me via NetGalley to review this book. At the time I didn’t even give a moments thought to reading an illustrated children’s book via my Kindle app. Until… Goobie broke the tablet. Without a tablet that left me with two reading options. My phone, which while convenient is small and my computer which is very inconvenient but has a large screen. Obviously, the quantity of reading I do the phone was the only option. Truth be told, I spend more time swiping pages than reading since I’m like old and blind, but it works. Until children’s books with illustrations come along. The Minions of Mischief aren’t allowed to play on my phone so reading with them on it was a challenge. I couldn’t hand them the book with a ‘have at it’ so to speak.
Let’s talk illustrations first. With the phone issue and some constant issues with NetGalley formatting the pictures came out chopped up and awkward. Off to Amazon we went to actually see some of the pictures from the book. The ones I were able to view were whimsical yet realistic. Perfect for a young child to an older middle grade child as well. In the words of MooMoo they weren’t ‘babyish’. Based on the pictures that I viewed I liked that they dominated the page. For an emerging reader the smaller print may be overwhelmed by the pictures and a distraction but I still liked it that way.
Let’s talk story. Now I should make you very aware that the copy of this book I received from NetGalley is not the full book but a sample, so I can only speak to the handful of stories I had access to for this review. I liked that the stories seem to progress through the Bible chronologically. I like that they take the Biblical truth for each story and provide the reference book and verses so that they can be gone back to in a parent’s preferred version. They are concise for younger children but share the clear message of the Bible passage for older readers.
Let’s talk title. I feel like this is not so much a bedtime book as more a children’s companion Bible so to speak. There are many (many!) Children’s Bibles out there. There aren’t a lot for the emergent reader into middle grade reader however. This feels more like something on that vein than a bedtime storybook. I felt like this book has the potential to serve as a Children’s Bible for an audience that is lacking true Biblical exposure. Many of the Children’s Bibles the older two Minions feel are too young for them.