The Beginning Reader's Bible. Nashville: Tommy Nelson, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4003-1702-8.
I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers for review purposes. Their gift does not affect the content of this review in any way.
This is a large (9" x 10") hardcover collection of twenty-six Bible stories for children. The Bible text used is the International Children's Bible. Additional sections provide key passages such as the ten commandments, the 23rd Psalm and the Lord's prayer.
The book was compiled by Tama Fortner and illustrated by Marijke ten Cate. Marijke ten Cate is an illustrator from the Netherlands. She has worked on many projects, including the Children of God Storybook Bible.
Each pair of pages presents full page, colorful artwork that spans both pages. The paper is heavy - it appears to be a very durable book. Some pages also have memory verses, prayers, or activities.
The layout and artwork of this book seem to be for a younger child than the Bible text itself. I intend to let some children read this and ask their opinions. It may simply be a question of personal preference.
In general the stories selected present the major flow of God's plan, man's fall into sin and the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We may use this Bible in some children's lessons. It also appears to be a good book for a church library. The bright, colorful pages and short Bible selections make this a good book for reading aloud to small groups of children as well.