Today, I’m participating in the Kregel Blog Tour by featuring a book review of the Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition) by Juliet David and illustrated by Jo Parry. This storybook bible is a smaller, shorter version of the Candle Bible for Kids.
Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition) by Juliet David and illustrated by Jo Parry
Summary of the Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition)
The Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition) contains 36 short excerpts from the Bible accompanied by bright, colorful cartoon illustrations. To engage toddlers, this storybook bible is a small pocket size and the stories are quite brief consisting of only one or two sentences on each of the five to eight pages of that particular story.
Excerpt from the Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition): “Joseph and his brothers”
“Joseph’s dad gave him a wonderful new coat. His brothers were very cross. Why should Joseph get all the best presents? Joseph’s brothers really hated him. So they sent him away to Egypt. Soon things got even worse! Joseph was locked up in prison. All of a sudden, the king of Egypt sent for Joseph. He made Joseph his chief helper. Years later, Joseph’s family moved to Egypt. His brothers said they were sorry for what they had done. And Joseph saw his dear father again.”
What I liked about the Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition)
My toddler really liked the Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition). I think that she loved the size and the crisp but lightweight pages full of colorful pictures. She even listened to several stories read aloud. In fact, both my children fought over taking turns looking at this storybook bible when it arrived in the mail.
I thought that the size of the book combined with the short length of the text was age appropriate for a toddler.
What I didn’t like about the Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition)
Perhaps, this remark is more a reflection of my opinion on “toddler storybook bibles” in general. But, I’m not a huge fan of the overly cute cartoon drawings of serious biblical stories. A bear looked like a teddy bear in one scene and Adam and Eve looked like children. My opinion aside, my toddler did like the illustrations. So I do admit that while they don’t fit the genre of biblical narrative, the illustrations do engage small children.
The brevity of the writing left gaping holes in narrative. For instance, the Candle Bible for Kids ended at the Asencion of Christ, I would have preferred at least some mention of Paul and the stories that fill the book of Acts and a conclusion from the book of Revelations. Beyond that, the stories themselves were often so simplified that they lost their meaning in general.
I also was disappointed that the redemptive message of the Bible was sadly left out. The first narrative in the Garden of Eve ended with Adam and Eve kicked out of the garden and never mentioned God’s promise to save them and his creation. I saw no explanation of Jesus’ deity or why he died.
Comma use in the book was sloppy with several errors (example: “They found baby Jesus, and knelt before him.”) Also, I noticed inconsistent use of a comma to separate a short adverbial phrase. For instance the creation narrative includes both “On the third day God made land.” and “On the seventh day, God rested.”
My conclusion on the Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition)
Personally, I think that whether the Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition) is right for your family would depend on why you want to purchase it. If you are looking for a small kid-size storybook bible for a very young child, this book is engaging and easy to read, and my children liked it. I did think though that the missing parts of the narrative combined with the errors in proofreading detracted from the overall reading experience.
Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition) by Kregel in exchange for an honest review.
The Children’s Bookshelf
We request that you follow The Children’s Bookshelf Pinterest Board and join our Great Books for Kids community. Please grab The Children’s Bookshelf button and display on your blog so that others can find the linky.
By linking up you are giving permission for any of the co-hosts to pin and/or feature a photo on a future The Children’s Bookshelf post. Please be sure to link to a specific post too not your homepage.
You may link-up kid lit related posts (eg. children’s book reviews, children’s book lists, and children’s book inspired activities) Links to websites rather than specific posts and commercial links will be deleted.