This exceptionally illustrated Bible storybook allows children to read the story, pray to God, and grow closer to Him.
Using actual Bible text from the International Children's Bible® as well as prayers, memory verses, and fun activities, children will love this large format and be engrossed in the intricate detail of the illustrations. Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments are included and stories are accompanied by a prayer for the child to pray, a verse to memorize, and a fun activity to help them grow.
|Publisher:||Nelson, Thomas, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||9.10(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 7 Years|
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The Beginning Reader's Bible
By Tama Fortner, Marijke ten Cate
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2011 Thomas Nelson
All rights reserved.
Stories from the Old Testament
The Beginning of the World
Selections from Genesis 1 and 2
1 1 In the beginning God created the sky and the earth. 3 Then God said, "Let there be light!" And there was light. 5God named the light "day" and the darkness "night." This was the first day.
7 God made the air to divide the water in two. Some of the water was above the air, and some of the water was below it. 8God named the air "sky." This was the second day.
9 Then God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered together so the dry land will appear." 10 God named the dry land "earth." He named the water that was gathered together "seas." God saw that this was good.
11 Then God said, "Let the earth produce plants. Every seed will produce more of its own kind of plant." 13 This was the third day.
14 Then God said, "Let there be lights in the sky to separate day from night."
16 So God made the two large lights. He made the brighter light to rule the day. He made the smaller light to rule the night. He also made the stars. 19 This was the fourth day.
Remember God's Word:
God looked at everything he had made, and it was very good. —Genesis 1:31
20 Then God said, "Let the water be filled with living things. And let birds fly in the air above the earth."
21 So God created the large sea animals. He created every living thing that moves in the sea. God also made every bird that flies. God saw that this was good. 22 God blessed them and said, "Have many young ones and grow in number. Fill the water of the seas, and let the birds grow in number on the earth." 23 This was the fifth day.
Do God's Word:
Take a piece of paper and a pencil and go outside. Now take a look around. How many things can you see that God created? Grass and trees, flowers and birds, sunshine and rain. Draw a picture of something you're thankful God created.
24 Then God said, "Let the earth be filled with animals. And let each produce more of its own kind. Let there be tame animals and small crawling animals and wild animals. And let each produce more of its kind." And it happened.
25 God saw that this was good.
27 God created human beings in his image. He created them male and female. 28 God blessed them and said, "Have many children and grow in number. Fill the earth and be its master. Rule over the fish in the sea and over the birds in the sky. Rule over every living thing that moves on the earth."
31 God looked at everything he had made, and it was very good. This was the sixth day.
2 1 So the sky, the earth and all that filled them were finished. 2 So on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 God blessed the seventh day and made it a holy day.
Pray God's Word:
I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well. —Psalm 139:14
The Very First Sin
Selections from Genesis 2 and 3
2 8 The Lord God planted a garden called Eden. 9 God caused every beautiful tree and every tree that was good for food to grow out of the ground. In the middle of the garden, God put the tree that gives life. And he put there the tree that gives the knowledge of good and evil.
15 God put the man in the garden to care for it and work it. 16 God commanded him, "You may eat the fruit from any tree in the garden. 17 But you must not eat the fruit from the tree which gives the knowledge of good and evil. If you ever eat fruit from that tree, you will die!"
3 1 Now the snake was the most clever of all the wild animals God had made. One day the snake spoke to the woman. He said, "Did God really say that you must not eat fruit from any tree in the garden?"
2 The woman answered, "We may eat fruit from the trees. 3 But God told us, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, or you will die.'"
4 But the snake said to the woman, "You will not die. 5 God knows that if you eat the fruit from that tree, you will learn about good and evil. Then you will be like God!"
6 So she took some of its fruit and ate it. She also gave some of the fruit to her husband, and he ate it.
7 Then, it was as if the man's and the woman's eyes were opened. They realized they were naked. So they made something to cover themselves.
Remember God's Word:
The Lord God put the man in the garden of Eden to care for it and work it. —Genesis 2:15
8 Then they heard the Lord God walking in the garden. And the man and his wife hid. 9 God called to the man, "Where are you?"
10 The man answered, "I heard you walking in the garden. I was afraid because I was naked. So I hid."
11 God said to the man, "Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat fruit from that tree?"
12 The man said, "You gave this woman to me. She gave me fruit from the tree. So I ate it."
13 God said to the woman, "What have you done?"
She answered, "The snake tricked me. So I ate the fruit."
14 God said to the snake, "A curse will be put on you. You will crawl on your stomach, and you will eat dust all the days of your life."
17 God said to the man, "You ate fruit from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from. So I will put a curse on the ground. 18 The ground will produce thorns and weeds for you. 19 You will sweat and work hard for your food. And when you die, you will return to the dust."
21 The Lord God made clothes from animal skins for the man and his wife. 22 Then God said, "The man knows good and evil. We must keep him from eating some of the fruit from the tree of life. If he does, he will live forever." 23 So the Lord God forced the man out of the garden of Eden.
Pray God's Word:
My king and my God, I pray to you. Lord, every morning you hear my voice. Every morning, I tell you what I need. And I wait for your answer. Show me the right thing to do. Show me clearly how you want me to live. —Psalm 5:2–3, 8
Do God's Word:
God still wants us to take care of his world. Go outside and look around. Do you see any trash lying on the ground? Pick it up and throw it in the garbage can. Or get a seed and plant a flower or a tree. Take care of your pets. Feed the birds. Learn how to recycle. There's so much you can do to take care of God's beautiful world!
Noah and the Great Flood
Selections from Genesis 6–9
6 9 Noah was a good man. He walked with God. 10Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
11 People on earth did what God said was evil. 12 And God saw this evil. All people on the earth did only evil. 13 So God said to Noah, "People have made the earth full of violence. So I will destroy all people from the earth. 14 Build a boat of cypress wood for yourself. Make rooms in it and cover it inside and outside with tar. 16 Make an opening around the top of the boat. Put a door in the side of the boat. Make an upper, middle and lower deck in it. 17 I will bring a flood of water on the earth. Everything on the earth will die. 18 But I will make an agreement with you. You, your sons, your wife and your sons' wives will all go into the boat."
Pray God's Word:
Lord, keep us safe. Always protect us. Protect me, God, because I trust in you. —Psalm 12:7; 16:1
Excerpted from The Beginning Reader's Bible by Tama Fortner, Marijke ten Cate. Copyright © 2011 Thomas Nelson. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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Table of Contents
ContentsStories from the Old Testament,
The Beginning of the World, 2,
The Very First Sin, 8,
Noah and the Great Flood, 12,
A Tower Called "Babel", 21,
God Makes a Promise, 28,
Joseph and His Brothers, 36,
Moses and the Stubborn King, 48,
Rahab and the Spies, 56,
The Story of Ruth, 62,
Hannah's Special Baby, 70,
David and the Great Big Giant, 76,
Nehemiah and the Broken-Down Wall, 82,
Daniel and the Lions, 88,
Stories from the New Testament,
Jesus Is Born!, 96,
The Boy Jesus in the Temple, 104,
Jesus Teaches the People, 108,
Zacchaeus the Wee Little Man, 112,
Two Miracles, 116,
A Miracle for Dinner, 122,
A Runaway Boy Comes Home, 127,
The Cross, 132,
Jesus Is Alive!, 140,
Jesus Goes Back Home—to Heaven, 144,
The Holy Spirit Comes to Earth, 148,
Saul's Change of Heart, 152,
A Peek into Heaven, 158,
Resources to Guide Your Children,
The Ten Commandments, 162,
The Twenty-Third Psalm, 165,
Selected Verses from the Book of Proverbs, 166,
Mary Praises God (Mary's Song), 168,
The Lord's Prayer, 169,
My Reading Chart, 170,
The Twelve Apostles, 172,
The Twelve Tribes of Israel, 173,
Songs About Jesus, 174,
Books of the Bible, 176,
My Memory Verse Chart, 178,
Prayer of Salvation, 180,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Beginning Reader's Bible is a wonderful bible that one could give their children. It's beautifully illustrated and is written according to the bible in a modern language-so children would easily understand what the bible is actually trying to send across. This bible is a gem, and I daresay that it's a must have in every Christian household that have children. I highly recommend this bible to be used during mass, during Sunday classes as well as daily Biblical reading. I rate this 5 stars. I received an ARC of this Bible from tommy Nelson Publisher and I was not required to write a positive review for it. I was also not compensated in any ways for writing this review.
This is a fantastic children's Bible! Our boys are 4 and 6 and they both enjoy it. In my opinion it is hard to find a Bible for kids that is accurate and yet is age appropriate. I found this to be both. Let's face it, there are valuable lessons in some of the intense accounts in scripture and yet discussing the violence of wars or some of the extreme consequences of disobedience with a little kid can be a little hairy at times. The illustrations by Marijke ten Cate are graphic enough to convey the feelings involved and the situation being described, and yet it doesn't get to the point of scaring the younger ones. The translation is very accurate which helps facilitate some great conversation with the older ones when big subjects are involved. Each selection of scripture also includes one or all of these additional options: Remember God's Word: This is simply a verse from the passage that is highlighted as an opportunity for memorization. Pray God's Word: This is a passage from somewhere else in the Bible that is selected to be read as a prayer and/or committed to memory. Do God's Word: This is a paragraph suggesting an action or activity that can help put skin on the lesson and/or provide a service opportunity - a way to live the lesson. Each of these small sections can be used or ignored based on the age and development or spiritual maturity and interest of the child. Artwork. Accuracy. The ability to grow and develop spiritual lessons for your child as he or she grows and develops. In short: FANTASTIC!
When I first saw this bible: The Beginner's Bible available for review from Thomas Nelson Publisher, I immediately thought that this bible is for me, and how lucky we are today to be able to have simpler version of bible for our own comprehension. I love this bible. It is easy to understand, and have a lot of bonuses in it. There's prayers, memory verses, and fun activities included in this bible. Children especially will find this interactive bible very appealing. This bible can be brought to Sunday classes as reference as in comparison to regular bible, this version is much simpler to understand. I rate this bible 5 stars. Excellent piece to have on the personal library shelf. Definitely a keeper. I received this bible for review purposes from Thomas Nelson Publisher. I was under no obligation to write a positive review, and I was not compensated in any ways for writing this.
We received a copy of The Beginning Reader's Bible to review with our boys. We were excited to try a new Bible for reading each night. We have been using the same one for awhile (we are on our third copy of that one). The Bible has wonderful illustrations and our boys love looking at them. This Bible is a step up from what we have been using. It has many different features that are nice like each story includes a prayer of scripture to pray with your child, there are activities to get more involved with the story, and there are memory verses to go with the stories. The Bible seems a little advanced for a 'beginning reader' but our children aren't at that stage yet so I am not really sure. We were a little disappointed that it seems a lot of different stories from the Bible were left out. This edition includes 13 stories from the Old and 13 stories from the New Testaments. With some additional things in the back such as a psalm, scripture memory check off list, the 10 commandments, the Lord's Prayer and a few other features. We did like that the stories are more like reading actual scripture than just paraphrasing a story for a children's Bible. I think this is definitely more geared for about 4 and up. Our 2 year old likes it but some of the stories are much longer than he wants to listen. And the features such as memory verse and activity would be harder for him but our 4 year old would like it more. Overall we liked this Bible and the change from our regular routine. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
I would like to share The Beginning Reader's Bible with you today. I was surprised when this book arrived at it's size. It was bigger than I thought it would be. This is a beautiful picture Bible for children. Selected stories from the Old and New Testaments are shared in language children can understand from the International Children's Bible. I was very impressed with the illustrations in this Bible. There was so much detail and the pictures were just so nice, better than illustrations I've seen in other children's Bibles. You can get a little taste of this by the cover, but when you have the book opened it is exceptional in my opinion. Besides just having Bible stories, there are little boxes throughout the book with memory verses or prayers for children. There are also some application boxes called "Do God's Word" that includes an activity the child can do related to the story on that page. The back of the book has a few extra features including Psalm 23, selected Proverbs, and the Ten Commandments. I recommend this book to you for a special child in your life. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
The Beginning Reader's Bible illustrated by Marijke Ten Cate, is a brand new children's bible which tells bible stories using actual bible excerpts, rather than summarized passages. As with other childrens' bibles- this is more like a story book collection of the most poular and well known bible stories from the old and new testaments in chronological order. As with other bibles for young readers, this one can be read by a parent as with any other story, or by an older child. Popular stories included are: the ctory of creation, the tower of Babel, Noah's ark Daniel and the lions and many others. New Testament stories include the birth of Jesus, the miracles of Jesus, the stoory of Zacchaeus and more. What makes this bible unique is that each story is a word for word excerpt from the actual bible text, and references are provided. Supplimental material is included at the end of this bible, inclusing the : ten commandments, the Lord's prayer, a reading chart for kids, memory verse chart and more! This is a perfect bridge from a kids' bible to an actual bible. The illustrations by Marijke Ten Cate are cartoonish and simple. Yet unlike other illustrated children's books/ bibles, there is very little "white" space as the author makes use of the entire page for the richly colored illustrations. As a blogger for Thomas Nelson publishers, booksneeze blogger program I recieved this book for the purpose of writing this review and the opinions expressed are my own.
I just received my copy of The Beginning Reader's Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers. It is a Children's Bible that has been magnificently illustrated by Marijke ten Cate. I have to say this is the best book I have received to review for free by the Booksneeze program. This Bible contains many stories from both the Old and New Testament. I appreciate that it uses actual Biblical text to tell the stories. Please bear in mind that it is from the Children's translation of the Bible, so it is more easily accessible to the child reader. That is to say that some of the deeper concepts are watered down, but the framework for teaching them is there. At the same time, most pages include a memory verse, scripture teaching principle, or idea of how to learn to follow God. Now, back to the art. The art is great. The pages are not thin. They are durable thick pages that hold full page, full color art. The art brings the stories to life and would definitely capture a child's attention. So, the question: would I recommend this book? Absolutely. We were even discussing who the first people would be that we could buy this for. It is a great product and it is at a good price. Go out and get one for a family that you know and love, or get one for your school age child. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
For days now, Asante has asked me when his new Bible would be coming in the mail. And today.it came! The Beginning Reader's Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers is awesome! We enjoyed reading it during Aly's naptime today, as well as using it in our before-bedtime devotions. This Bible is certainly closer to a grown-up Bible than our beloved Beginner's Bible from Zondervan. Both Aly and Asante received this Bible from Parkade Baptist Church when we had them dedicated, and it has been so perfect for their attention spans and comprehension. But, Asante (age 3) was definitely ready for this next step. The illustrations in this Bible are really engaging, descriptive, and interesting! While there are not as many stories in this Bible (sad day, they only have 13 of the OT and 13 of the NT, plus some extra prayers, charts, etc.), each story gives a lot more details and is even written in verse form. Also, one really odd thing about this Bible is that there are no page numbers (but includes a table of contents with page numbers..hmmm). So, that is kind of annoying but of course Asante doesn't care. He's more than happy to flip through the pages until he sees a story he wants read to him. If you're looking for a kid's Bible that is thorough, this is not the one for you. BUT, if you want one that has great illustrations and is told in a way that kids will better understand, you may like this one. I'm curious. what was your favorite Bible story to have read to you as a child? Which one would you definitely include if you were making a children's Bible? Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
An impressive Bible geared toward learning readers, The Beginning Reader's Bible is full of great stories, biblical lessons, resources, memory verses, prayers and so much more. A hard covered book with heavy duty pages, brightly colored and full of interesting pictures, characters and creatures. Stories from both the Old and New Testament, some of which include "The Very First Sin", "David and the Great Big Giant", "Jesus is Born" and "The Cross, among many others. Each story is titled and references where the selection was taken from in the bible. Text is taken from the International Children's Bible®, so they are reading actual bible text.Verses are marked for children to learn and become familiar with how bibles are laid out. Stories take about 6-8 pages, each with words on only about half of one page and the other half and opposite page are open for viewing the picture. Prompt boxes are on opposing pages in a small green box, offering children ways to "Remember God's Word", "Do God's Word" and "Pray God's Word" for each story. Illustrations are beautiful, engaging and full of life and opportunity to explore. Illustrations for stories such as "The Cross" are not at all frightening, avoiding images that would be upsetting to a child without taking away from the reality of the story. There are so many opportunities for teaching within this bible, I am so impressed with the layout, ease of understanding of wording, pictures and extras. A definite on my list of recommended Bibles for children. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze . com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."