Saturday, March 17, 2012

Egermeier's Bible Storybook for Beginners

I received a complimentary copy of the e-book "Egermeier's Bible Storybook for Beginners" from Warner Press. This did not affect the content of my review in any way.

These Bible stories were written by Elsie Egermeier and revised by Robin Fogle. Illustrations were done by Pat Paris. This book was published in January, 2012. The ISBN is 978-1-59317-426-2.

First, I applaud the choice of title for this book. I dislike books being called "Bibles" that only have a small portion of the Scriptures retold or rewritten. It gives the impression to youngsters that this is the entire Bible. However, by calling it a "Bible Storybook" it gives the correct impression.

I have often used works like this to introduce children to the stories of the Bible. This could, of course, be read to children by parents or teachers. It could also interest young readers. While the back cover states "ages 4 and up" early readers would have trouble with this one. I estimate the right age would be children getting close the chapter book stage.

The book tells the stories of major Bible figures such as Adam & Eve, Noah, Daniel, Jonah, Esther and others. The latter half of the book is dedicated to stories about Jesus. At times the writer takes some license with the text, probably to make the story flow. For instance, we learn that "When Joseph died, Jesus worked to care for Mary and His brothers and sisters." I can't think of where that information came from off the top of my head.

I would use this book to teach Bible stories. The illustrations help keep it interesting for children. I would prefer to have included more stories that outline the Gospel better, but this is a good start.

Egermeier's Bible Storybook for Beginners

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