While The Big Picture Story Bible took a broad brush stroke and a threaded thematic approach to the story of Scripture, the Read and Share Bibles take an exhaustive approach.
In these 2 volumes, the publishers stuffs in a remarkable 210 Bible stories into 424 pages. That leaves room for one story on every 2 pages. I call this the “2-page rule.” Every Bible story is conformed to 2 pages. So if a story happens to be longer (with more content than can fit into 2 pages), then it will break up the story into 2-page increments… each increment stand alone. One thing the 2-page rule does is it makes the author succinctly summarize the Bible story. Words seem to be chosen carefully and sparingly. This 2-page idea helps parents “read and share” a quick story if they want, or go as far along as they wish. At the end of a very short 2 pages, parents always have a quick exit :)
Every story asks a question or makes a statement at the end.
Sometimes it’s an anticipatory question like:
What do you think God is going to do next?
Sometimes it’s a reflective question like:
Do you think it is easy to obey when everyone is laughing at you?
Sometimes the statement is like:
Pray and ask God to help you make good decisions.
The illustrator does a great job of rendering consistent looking characters.
One silly inclusion that I don’t understand and find distracting is the 2 bunnies that make odd appearances quite frequently throughout the books. However, while I find it odd and unnecessary, my two kids seem to find joy and delight in spotting the bunnies when they’re present. If this was the result intended then the publisher succeeded! After all, the audience is children, so I guess the fault I find with this visual device is a result of my age, not my appreciation for Waldo’s furry friends.
Visual media is really helpful from time to time…
…and the inclusion of 52 videos between the 2 volumes on 4 DVD discs is nothing short of genius. At the very least I appreciate the option: ready a story, then watch it together; just watch it; or just read it… your choice.
The bunnies show up in these videos, but again, it’s for the kids. The animation isn’t anything to write home about, but it’s far from unusable (I’ve seen far worse from producers who are charging $$). This is very passable for children. “Not overly dramatic, but very professional” as one Amazon reviewer said.
Order and organizational decisions were odd.
One would think that Volume 1 is the Old Testament and Volume 2 is the New Testament, but you would be mistaken.
All in all, the Read and Share Bibles are simple, readable and useful. “These bite-size vignettes in book and DVD presentations are perfect for the attention span of little ones, and give parents maximum flexibility to fit any time frame” (product description).
Is The Big Picture Story Bible a full text of the Bible? No.
Does this story Bible have a lot of Bible stories in it? Yes.
Are the major Bible stories present? Yes… many of them.
There are 4 DVDs included with these 2 story book Bibles.
Number of pages: 208 pages in each book
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, 2010
These story Bibles are available at:
- Wesleyan Publishing House Read and Share Bible Volume 1 and Read and Share Bible Volume 2
- Kindle ebook Read and Share Bible Volume 1 and Read and Share Bible Volume 2 (not available)
- iBooks store Read and Share Bible Volume 1 and Read and Share Bible Volume 2 (not available)
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