Reading aloud – particularly before bedtime – is a treasured family practice in our home. I’ve written about this before – my husband began reading to our youngest as soon as he could hear (while still in the womb!). While we miss an evening here or there, overall, it’s a practice we’ve continued to this day. Granted, somethings have changed: My husband doesn’t do all the reading. He and the boys take turns, paragraph by paragraph. And our reading choices vary much more now, too.
One of my first choices of books, when our oldest was tiny, was a book of Bible stories. It’s so easy to see why these stories have endured for thousands of years, and are often well known even by those who were not raised in a family of faith. The stories are engaging, often exciting and always meaningful.
This newest edition of The Beginner’s Bible is, well, simply wonderful.
The same stories of scripture are there, restated in everyday language that is familiar and comfortable to children (and adults, too). And the all-new illustrations are bright and colorful. The faces are friendly (even the lions 🙂 ), and will hold your child’s attention.
There’s something else I noticed about the illustrations, as well. The people aren’t necessarily, well, historically accurate. I am no archaeologist, but I am inclined to think that Moses was likely not blond, nor were redheads common among the people. And, while the people of the Old and New Testament were certainly people of color (that is, not Caucasian), I suspect they resembled the peoples of Middle Eastern extraction, rather than the indigenous peoples of the Americas, Australia, or even Africa. As I flip through the pages of The Beginner’s Bible, I see story illustrations where I see people who looks like all of these groups.
And I love that. The Bible is full of stories meant for all peoples, and I love this simple but oh-so-important way of showing (literally showing) children how the story that God has written for all of us includes them, no matter what any of us look like.
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