Words to Dream on by Diane Stortz and illustrated by Diane Le Feyer , is a new bedtime themed book of short bible stories written especially for young children. Vibrant, colorful art, featuring well known bible characters and heroes such as King David, Daniel, Noah, Paul and Jesus, reinforce bible themes in a bedtime story setting. The bright luminescent illustrations of Le Feyer bring this book to life, and the cozy nighttime theme will appeal to young children and are perfectly suited for a bedtime storybook. This small sized book, with its short, comforting and happy stories are the perfect bedtime story for young boys and girls, preschool aged and younger.
Unlike a typical bible storybook, the purpose of these stories is not necessarily to convey biblical truth but rather to introduce well known bible characters in a simplified story. There are biblical references provided for each story as well as key scripture verses . This ties in the book to the actual bible- grounding parents and children alike with the true source- the bible. This book would make a good first introduction to popular bible stories for children unfamiliar with the bible. Within the text of the stories, the author provides explanatory information to educate children concerning bible concepts and themes, such as a scribe and Hebrews. The particular stories in this book are simplified This is a good choice for a casual, lighthearted bedtime book. But for fundamentalist parents looking for a true book of bible stories, this is not the best choice as I believe parents looking for actual bible stories will be disappointed. These bible stories are overly simplified and far removed from their actual bible counterparts. Parents who are avid bible readers are most likely to focus more on what is missing from these stories and how they differ from the bible account. These simple stories could also be used as a springboard for a discussion of the bible account. I can imagine the lively discussions that could be started with older children contrasting the actual bible accounts with these stories. As a blogger for Booklook bloggers I received this book published by Tommy Nelson for the purpose of writing this review.
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