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CLASSIC BIBLE STORYBOOK [Hardcover]

KENNETH TAYLOR

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bible Storybook 2 July 2010
By Penny Pattee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the same book that I was given when my 3 grown children were small ( only slightly shorter version). The Bible accounts are correct and the illustrations by the Hooks bring it all to life. Through the stories and the 3 or 4 questions asked at the end of each one, 2 of my daughters decided to receive Christ as their Savior. It was such a great tool for all of us to learn God's word.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful memories to be had. 21 May 2009
By Sarah J. Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Classic Bible Storybook by Kenneth N. Taylor and published by Tyndale is a hard covered book with more than 120 stories from the Bible. The beautiful illustrations one finds in this storybook are done by Richard and Franci Hook. Kenneth Taylor was a dad to 10 children and wanted his children to be able to understand Biblical truths and sought to find a way to make that a reality. He has written many other books for children and is also responsible for what later became the New Living Translation of the Bible.

This storybook of Bible stories has beautiful illustrations done both in color and black and white. The drawings are realistic in nature and add the ability for children to feel connected to the Biblical characters they read about. The illustrations will impress even the oldest of adults down the youngest of children - I know my husband and I were impressed as was my youngest who is 2! The care taken by the illustrators really can be felt to come through the pages as you read the stories.

There are 68 Old Testament Bible stories and 53 New Testament Bible stories. Each story gives the Scripture that relates back to the Bible as well as one or two illustrations to go along with that story. The stories are engaging, as all Bible stories should be, and are simple enough the young will understand but detailed enough that the older children will not be bored by simplistic language. Following each story are comprehension questions that the parent can go over with their child(ren) to ensure a good understanding of the Bible story they were just read. The questions can have simple answers for the young child but also give a chance for an older child to give more detailed answers as they grow in the Word.

Overall, this is a wonderful children's storybook full of Truth and Wisdom and will enable children to grasp Biblical truths on their level until they can move on to a regular Bible for more intense study. My oldest enjoys pulling this off the shelf and reading and answering the questions by herself. This could also be used for family devotions or to teach Biblical history for the homeschooling family. There are so many ways to use this Classic Bible Storybook and your family will enjoy it and as well as it's made it could very well became a treasured family heirloom.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Torough Excellence for Early Grade Kids 15 Mar 2009
By Kristina Seleshanko - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
One common criticism of children's Bibles is they tend to not give a good overall picture of what the Bible is really about; yes, there are many stories in the Bible, but they have a common element running through them: Jesus. Recently, a few children's Bibles have done a good job of correcting this, including The Jesus Storybook Bible and The Big Picture Bible. But before either of those books were published, there were children's Bibles by Kenneth N. Taylor.

Taylor was a prolific children's book author, the translator of The Living Bible, and founder of Tyndale House Publishers. In his two books Bible Story Book and The Living Bible Storybook (now out of print), he strove to accurately tell Bible stories in brief sections, sometimes explaining how Jesus fit in - even with Old Testament stories. Today, Tyndale combined what they feel are the best of both books to create Classic Bible Storybook.

The first thing you may notice when you pick up this book is that it includes many stories rarely included in children's Bibles, including the story of the original Passover, the story of manna, Job, the first tabernacle and temple, a thorough telling of John the Baptist, a detailed account of how Peter and Andrew became followers of Jesus, a thorough retelling of many of Jesus' parables (including a great recounting of the parable of the seeds), Jesus healing ten lepers, a detailed account of what happened after Christ's resurrection, and a brief retelling of Revelation (which doesn't discuss horrible things happening, but focuses on the glories of Heaven).

As you read, you'll also find mentions of how, for example, Christ took the place of the Old Testament sacrificial lambs and how Jesus fulfilled so many prophesies. Many other unusual details are included, too. Several made me run to my Bible to double check accuracy, such the mention of the type of food Abraham served the angels.

Each story is told in one to two pages, with questions and answers given afterward. Not all stories are illustrated.

What I Like: This is a more thorough recounting than a great many children's Bibles offer. In fact, I'd say it's only one step down from reading the actual Bible to your child. I also love the overall look of this volume. Each page is printed so it looks like antique parchment paper.

What I Dislike: I'm not a huge fan of the illustrations, by Richard and Frances Hook. They are original to Taylor's old books, but come across as dated to me. They often don't show much detail or action, making them of little interest to younger children.

Overall Rating: Very good.

Kristina Seleshanko
Managing Editor
Christian Children's Book Review
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4.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remember... 10 Mar 2009
By blbooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This bible story collection features the stories of Kenneth N. Taylor and the art of Richard and Frances Hook. Both are "classic" in the sense that they're familiar and beloved by multiple generations. Taylor's stories have been appearing in books since 1979. I remember gleefully reading "The Book for Children" when I was in elementary school; it was released in 1985. (That book which appears to have last been printed in 2000, is out of print now--at least according to Amazon.) To get back on task, the Classic Bible Storybook contains 121 stories based on the Bible. 68 of these come from the Old Testament. 53 of these come from the New Testament. (In case that sounds disproportionate, remember that the New Testament has many letters in it; these epistles don't lend themselves easily to stories.) Each story is short--written with brief attention spans in mind--and sweet. Parents can easily see where each story comes from--the book, chapter, and verse references. After each story, there are a handful of questions. Illustrations are sprinkled throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overall Bible 11 Aug 2010
By A. Whipple - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Classic Bible Storybook is a great balance of simple, yet detailed storybook Bible. If you grew up with Taylor's Bible Story Book or The Living Bible Story Book, some of the artwork in this Bible will be familiar. Author Kenneth Taylor is pretty well-known, having written several children's Bibles AND is the translator for The Living Bible which was later revised to become the New Living Translation. (Pretty neat, huh? A heart for translation and children!) With 121 stories included in this Bible, it covers much of the Bible thoroughly, while focused on the Truth. This Bible is geared for ages 4-8, and I do think that is accurate. Each story is followed by three or four questions to help the child remember the story and draw attention to the important parts of the story.

Outstanding feature: This is an incredibly thorough, well written Bible. Included are great illustrations and passages with plenty of detail to engage children and challenge them to learn more. The follow-up questions help the reader to understand the story further. I think this Bible would grow well with a child from age 4-8, as well.

This Bible was provided to me for review purposes from Tyndale.
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