A while back I received the children’s Bible My Story Bible: 66 Favorite Stories from Tyndale Kids to review. I have added it to the ABCJLM as a supplemental material. Several times I have debated on adding it to the curriculum. I even sat down and started to but realized that only about half of the stories in the curriculum are actually in this story Bible. But after using this Bible with my own kiddos, I decided that even with only half, this Bible needs to be in everyone’s home. Because the only thing wrong with this Bible is that it is not longer!
Even while writing this review, my husband came in and asked what I was doing with this book. He was concerned when he could not find it as this is the Bible of choice right now for bedtime devotions.
Jan Godfrey and Paola Grudina do a beautiful job of scripting these stories into easy-to-understand ways. I have found that the way the stories are written make them easy to turn into plays as well. The kids love to act out the Bible stories and play different characters. These stories would also be easy to add flannelgraph characters too as well (more to come on this later).
There is some concern from reviewers that the authors have taken too much liberty to make these stories easily understand and story like. Because of this, the stories seem less “Bible” like. While I understand this feeling, I believe that these are a great start for children ages 3-6. Add in other children’s Bibles like The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories or The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes to provide a well rounded Bible Time.
With that said, I would suggest all three of these Bible be used. To make it easier, I have added the page numbers of all three Bibles to the ABCJLM curriculum.