The Rhyme Bible
|Karen L. Kaufman|
Author: L.J. Sattgast
Illustrator: Toni Goffe
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 448 pages
Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ (very good)
The Rhyme Bible is a gift I love to give and a book I like to recommend to pastors and others involved in children's ministry.
The somewhat whimsical color illustrations catch the eye of young and old alike and engage the pre-reader as they listen to the rhyme on the opposite page.
The relatively short stories hold the attention span of toddlers. And when this book is used in group settings, the rhyme catches the attention of older listeners.
With 35 stories from the New and Old Testament, this book makes a great gift for a baptism or preschooler's birthday. Preschool leaders or pastors find it to be a great resource for Bible story time or children's sermons. Older children who want to test their rapping skills have found it to be an inspiration for creating their own raps based on Bible stories.
I also recommend this as an excellent resource for multigenerational learning events. The rhyme of the verse will catch the attention of young as well as older ears. The brevity of each story begs the older listener to either recall details or the next scene in the tale. In these settings, the text draws in the listener and engages them to reflect on the rest of the story with others. So this also makes it an excellent resource for family devotions even when there is a wide difference in the ages of the children.
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