Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bible Stories that End with a Hug

Little children love getting—and giving—hugs! Hugs generate warmth, affection, and a feeling of acceptance. Show your little ones just how much you treasure them while teaching them about the Bible and God’s unconditional love for his creation. Bible Stories that End with a Hug! features 75 easy-to-understand Bible stories with charming illustrations, lessons on how to apply the stories to your child’s daily life, memory verses from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, and a special “Hug Time” during which you can share a great big hug with your child.

Bible Stories that End with a Hug is a cute new take on teaching young children about the Bible. Each two page spread includes a beautiful illustration, Bible verse, two question and answer paragraphs, and an invitation for a hug. An example is the page on creation, the Bible verse from Genesis 1 is quoted with a typical illustration of the earth from afar on the left page. On the right page, the author paints a vivid image of life before and after God created the earth. He then writes to children about how God changed everything by creating all the we see, including people. The two questions at the beginning of the paragraphs are "How did God change it?" and "Did God create people too?" On the outer edge of the right page it states in flowing font "Hug time!  Give the one made by God . . . a great big HUG!" I love that each invitation for a hug relates to the lesson from the page, and my three and four-year-old daughters got very excited for the hug at the end of the lesson. My one-year-old son even seemed to understand when the hug was coming. The down side to this take is that my children seem to glaze over the lesson to get to the hug, however, it does get them asking for "just one more page!" and therefore more exposure to the Bible. My daughters are 3 and 4 and go to church twice a week, so they are ready for a bit more depth in their Bible study. I do feel this would be a nice way to introduce children with less exposure to the Bible to God's love for them. Overall, a nice children's book.

I received a complimentary copy of Bible Stories that End in a Hug through the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review.

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