We are always looking for new family devotionals to do with our three kids that can reach them all on their levels. With two elementary aged kids and a toddler, a book with pictures is an absolute must right now so the illustrations are almost as important as the words themselves. The Bible and Me has some of the best illustrations I’ve seen in a while that definitely captivated their attention.
I like that the book is divided by old and new testament just like the Bible to get kids used to this separation. The stories focus on God’s love and Jesus as well as heaven. I like the focus on these aspects of the Bible as they are some of the most important and fundamental for kids to learn.
My toddler doesn’t have much of an attention span but I think the pictures were interesting enough to hold his attention, even though the pages were fairly long. The pages with writing have a small introductory illustration and then there is another full sized illustration on the other side. The illustrations are each like an individual work of art. They look like something that would be hanging in an art gallery and I think that was intriguing to kids since it’s a different style than usually found in kids books.
The stories start with the Bible verse and reference it is based on. I have my seven and eight year olds take turns reading to practice their reading for school as well as do the devotional for our family.
The Bible and Me has a great selection of stories from the Bible written in terms kids can understand yet never straying from the Biblical story. The illustrations really make this one something special!
About the Book
Lois Rock and Alida Massari have teamed up to create a Bible storybook full of inspiration and delight, sure to elicit moments of contemplation. Thoughtfully written, each section begins with a Bible quote and ends with a prayer or psalm that fits the theme of the story to help readers reflect further on what they’ve read. Alida Massari’s richly colored and deeply peaceful illustrations fit perfectly with the meditative theme. Includes twenty stories from the Old and New Testaments.
About the Author
Alida Massari is an award-winning artist who studied illustration at the European Institute of Design in Rome. She finds inspiration from ancient art and architecture. She describes her work as modern with an ancient atmosphere.
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