My Story Bible: 66 Favorite Stories

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This is a true story book. The 4-color bright and charming art will attract kids, but the way the writer makes the beloved 66 Bible stories come alive will keep them coming back. The book is written from a storyteller’s perspective; the imaginative writing makes the characters from the Bible come alive and piques kids’ interest about the word of God. The repetitive style helps kids remember the stories. Tyndale House Publishers

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Overview

This is a true story book. The 4-color bright and charming art will attract kids, but the way the writer makes the beloved 66 Bible stories come alive will keep them coming back. The book is written from a storyteller’s perspective; the imaginative writing makes the characters from the Bible come alive and piques kids’ interest about the word of God. The repetitive style helps kids remember the stories. Tyndale House Publishers

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Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Stories from the Old and New Testaments are told with young children in mind. The stories have imaginative titles such as: "The Best Way to Live," for Moses receiving the Ten Commandments; and "The Enormous Picnic," for the feeding of the 5000. The picture that goes with "Joseph and His Brothers" shows the back of the brother's heads looking down on Joseph at the bottom of the well. Free renditions of the "Twenty-third Psalm" and "The Lord's Prayer" are given. In "A Lonely Garden" about Jesus' betrayal, it says: "Jesus was sad because Judas, one of his special friends, didn't want to be his friend anymore." A picture shows a bird's eye view of Jesus suffering on the cross with sad people and sheep around him. "It was the saddest day there had ever, ever been." When women see angels at the empty tomb, "It was the happiest day there had ever, ever been." A picture of Saul's conversion shows him on the ground while holding the reins of his dappled horse with sunbeams streaming down on him. Each story has the Bible citation at the end. A table of contents and an index are included. This wonderful combination of text and colored pictures will be loved by parents and small children alike. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414326719
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/18/2009
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 577,921
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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My story Bible

66 Favorite Stories
By Jan Godfrey Paolo Bertolini Grudina

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2008 Anno Domini Publishing
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-2671-9


Chapter One

God Made the World

Long, long, ago, at the beginning of time, God said, "Let there be light," and bright, shining light shone in the darkness.

God said, "Let there be land and sea." So he made wide land and tall mountains and deep water in the sea.

God said, "Let there be trees and plants, sun, moon, and stars." And so the plants produced juicy fruits in the hot sunshine. At night they were cool under the silver moon and twinkly stars.

God said, "Let there be fish and all sorts of winged creatures." So the sea swam with fish, and the sky was filled with birds and butterflies.

God said, "Let there be all kinds of animals." And so snakes slithered and giraffes galloped over the land. Monkeys swung through the trees, and hippos bathed in the rivers.

God said, "Now let there be people to look after my beautiful world." And there were.

God looked at his wonderful creation and saw that it was good. Then he rested. GENESIS 1-2

Noah Builds a Boat

God told Noah it was going to rain very hard. So Noah built a boat. Hammer, hammer, bang, bang! It was a very, very big boat called an ark. Godtold Noah to take his family and two of each kind of animal into the ark. Plod, plod, clip, clop! They went into the ark, two by two by two by two.

Once God had closed the door of the ark, the rain started to fall. Splish, splash, splosh, splush!

The water covered the ground. The water covered the trees. The water covered the mountaintops. But the ark bobbed along on the waves, with Noah and the animals safe inside. Days and days and days passed before the rain stopped raining.

Noah opened a window to let a dove fly out. Flap, flap, coo, coo! Then at last the dove came back with a leaf in its beak.

After the water went down, God told Noah it was safe for his family and the animals to come out of the ark. Then God sent a beautiful rainbow.

"There will never be a flood like this again," God promised. GENESIS 6-9

Under the Stars

A very long time ago, a man named Abram (who later became Abraham) lived in a big city called Ur.

God told Abraham to leave Ur. Abraham was to go from place to place, living in a tent, until God gave him a new home.

Abraham trusted God. He knew it would be a difficult journey. Abraham and his wife, Sarah, traveled across dry, rocky hills. It was hard for both of them. It was hard for their servants and their sheep and goats.

"Come and look at the stars," God said to Abraham one dark and twinkly night. "You are just the beginning. There will be many, many people in your family. There will be many, many children born to the people in your family. There will be many-just like the stars you see in the sky."

Abraham was confused. He and Sarah had no children, and they were getting old. How could this be?

But Abraham knew God. He knew that God always keeps his promises. GENESIS 12:1-8; 15

Three Visitors

One sunny day, three visitors came to Abraham as he sat in the shade near his tent.

This was a surprise. It was very hot for traveling.

"Here's water for washing and drinking," said Abraham. Then he served them a meal that Sarah cooked for them. They ate bread and meat and yogurt and milk under the cool trees.

Sarah stayed in the tent. She hid there and listened to the men talking.

"You will have a child quite soon," said one of the men to Abraham. "Sarah will give birth to a baby boy."

Sarah laughed. "I'm much too old to have a baby! I'm old enough to be a grandma!"

"Why did you laugh?" asked the visitor.

"I didn't-not really," said Sarah, feeling rather silly.

"Oh, yes, you did!" said the visitor. "But nothing is too hard for God to do. You wait and see."

Then Abraham knew that the visitors were like angels from God and that he and Sarah would have a son.

So they did wait, and they did see, because one day quite soon after that, Sarah's baby boy was born. His name was Isaac. GENESIS 18:1-15; 21:1-7

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Excerpted from My story Bible by Jan Godfrey Paolo Bertolini Grudina Copyright © 2008 by Anno Domini Publishing. Excerpted by permission.
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Table of Contents

Contents

God Made the World....................8
Noah Builds a Boat....................10
Under the Stars....................12
Three Visitors....................14
Isaac and Rebekah....................16
Joseph and His Brothers....................18
Dreams Come True....................20
Little Baby Moses....................22
The King Who Said No....................24
Follow the Leader....................26
The Best Way to Live....................28
Joshua's Big Battle....................30
God Chooses Gideon....................32
Ruth and Naomi....................34
The Voice in the Night....................36
Seven Sons and a Shepherd Boy....................38
David and Goliath....................40
David the Songwriter....................42
Solomon....................44
Elijah and the Ravens....................46
Fire on the Mountain....................48
A Dip in the River....................50
Jonah Runs the Other Way....................52
The Sound of Music....................54
Plots and Plans and Lions....................56
The Promise of a King....................58
A Visitor for Mary....................60
A Ride to Bethlehem....................62
The Shepherds' Surprise....................64
Follow the Star....................66
Jesus Gets Lost....................68
Jesus Is Baptized....................70
Jesus' Prayer....................72
God Cares about You....................74
Very Special Friends....................76
Miracle at the Wedding....................78
The Hole in the Roof....................80
The Story of TwoHouses....................82
The House That Fell Down....................84
The Storm at Sea....................86
Little Miss Jairus....................88
The Enormous Picnic....................90
The Story of the Kind Stranger....................92
Trouble in the Kitchen....................94
The Story of the Lost Sheep....................96
The Loving Father....................98
The Man Who Couldn't See....................100
Help Me!....................102
The Man Who Climbed a Tree....................104
Jesus Rides a Donkey....................106
Less but More....................108
A Lonely Garden....................110
Three Crosses....................112
A Sad Garden....................114
A Happy Garden....................116
Two Friends along the Road....................118
Jesus and Thomas....................120
Breakfast on the Shore....................122
Jesus Goes to Heaven....................124
Wind and Fire....................126
Power for the Church....................128
A New Follower of Jesus....................130
Peter in Prison....................132
Shipwreck!....................134
Paul Writes Some Letters....................136
No More Tears....................138
Index of Bible Stories:....................140
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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Beautiful Preschool Story Bible

    This Children's Bible Story Book was written especially for preschoolers. Each story is contained on two pages with an illustration and an easy-to-read paraprhase of the Bible story. This is perfect for the attention span of a preschooler. I have read a lot of children's Bible stories over the years, and this is one of my favorites.

    The stories are listed in the Table of Contents. And in the index the stories are listed with the corresponding Scripture reference. The illustrations are appealing to both young and old.

    This would be a great book for a church, preschool, or home library.

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  • Posted September 23, 2009

    Interesting Selection of Stories

    Hey, it's me, Esmé, reviewing my book! I am one-two years old (29 months).

    The name of this book is My Story Bible: 66 Favorite Stories. It was written by Jan Godfrey and Paola Bertolini Grudina. It has LOTS of pages - 141! And lots of Bible stories, too. You can find more information and buy this book at the Tyndale site.

    Here's what the publisher has to say about this book: "This is a true story book. The 4-color bright and charming art will attract kids, but the way the writer makes the beloved 66 Bible stories come alive will keep them coming back. The book is written from a storyteller's perspective; the imaginative writing makes the characters from the Bible come alive and piques kids' interest about the word of God. The repetitive style helps kids remember the stories."

    Here's what I've got to say about it:

    Do you like this book? Yeah.

    What is this book about? Animals, cats and dogs and birds and butterflies and monkeys and giraffes and hippopatas and flowers and I don't know what that bird is.

    Let me see Baby Moses right now. Is he crying?

    Let's look at these pictures.

    Read the story about Joseph!

    Read the story about Noah!

    Here's what Mommy has to say:

    This is a terrific addition to our library. With 66 Bible stories, this includes many that Esmé has not heard yet. Each one is two pages, which is short enough to keep her attention, and when she's in the mood for more reading, we can continue on with more stories.

    The vocabulary is easy to understand and written at a toddler's level, and the authors make the most of sound effects, using words like CRASH!, hopping and humming and buzzing, WAAHHH!, flap, flap, coo, coo, etc. throughout the stories, much to Esmé's delight.

    The cute cartoon-like illustrations definitely attract her attention. One thing I did find interesting is that she couldn't identify who Jesus was in these illustrations, though she has been able to do so readily in other books. It's made me wonder what specifically it is that artists use to portray who Christ is...

    You may wonder how this compares with the Read and Share Toddler Bible we reviewed awhile back. I would say this book is a little more wordy and for a slightly older audience - and both books are excellent!

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  • Posted September 2, 2009

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    Perfect for Bible time with your little ones

    My Thoughts.

    I don't know what more you could ask for in Bible Story book than what this book has to offer. Jan Godfrey author of this book, has done a wonderful job in breaking down sometimes difficult to comprehend Bible stories . The simplicity of this book is perfect for children to read on their own as well as being read to during family Bible time.

    Throughout this book, you'll find 66 stories taken from Genesis all the way to Revelations. You'll learn about Noah, Moses, Jesus, Naaman, and more. I love that stories that may not be commonly heard at church like the story of Naaman are added into the mix.

    Being a graphic designer myself and a fellow believer, I appreciate the beautiful faith inspired illustrations by Paola Bertolini Grudina, in which I am sure children will as well.

    I imagine when reading through these stories that children will have engaging questions, which is wonderful in growing their knowledge in God and challenging whomever may be reading the book to answer.

    This book is written for 3-6 year olds. I'm waiting to read it to my daughter but I am sure we'll both be enjoying it together for years and years to come!

    I highly recommend this book! It's a wonderful way to share many Bible stories with your children or the children in your life. It would also make a wonderful gift!

    Stars 5 *****

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

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    My Story Bible 66 Favorite Stories by Jan Godfrey & Paola Bertolini Grudina

    About Authors:

    Jan Godfrey, retired school teacher and pastor's wife, is a born story teller. She is an experienced writer and loves to write stories for children.

    Graphic Designer and children's book illustrator, Paola Bertolini Grudina, lives with her husband and children in Italy. Her illustrations are inspired by her own Christian faith.

    Summary: My Story Bible is a wonderfully illustrated Bible story book geared towards children ages 3 to 6. There are 66 stories posted and each story is indexed in the back of the book along with a scripture reference for each story.


    Thoughts:

    I had a swell time reading many of the stories to my four year old daughter. She was excited by the beautiful illustrations. She enjoyed pointing to the characters and making comments about each story.

    "A New Follower of Jesus" was among one of her favorite story illustrations because she liked the horse that Paul was laying beside when the bright light shone out of the sky. She enjoyed the story of "Little Baby Moses" because I let her say the "WAAHHH!" parts when baby Moses was crying. She also liked it because a pretty princess saved baby Moses from being killed by the King. We had a hard time putting the book away because she wanted me to read it all to her at one sitting. Giggles.

    Recommendations:

    I recommend this book because it is a wonderful way to share many of the Bible stories with your little ones.

    Stars 5 *****

    Take a Peek:

    Feel free to read the first chapter at Tyndale Media Center. (PDF file)
    http://files.tyndale.com/thpdata/FirstChapters/978-1-4143-2671-9.pdf

    Browse other Tyndale for Kids Books at www.tyndale.com/kids

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  • Posted August 28, 2009

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    Not my first choice...

    My Story Bible...
    This is a story book collection of 66 Bible Stories. I was glad to see several stories in this collection that I haven't found in other Bible storybooks.

    There is no introduction or explanation by the authors about why they chose the stories they chose. So, I am unsure about the goal of the authors as they wrote this book. The writing was good and the pictures were very easy to look at and very good visual explanations for the stories--but...

    As I read through the stories included, I found myself going back to the Bible several times to find out what the Bible really said. When I read a Bible storybook, I really want it to agree with the Word--in big and little details. And I found that there were enough discrepancies for this storybook not to be my first choice.

    Let me share an example. In the story of Mary and Martha (yay for its inclusion), Jesus simply says let it be, stop worrying. He doesn't say anything about that Mary's choice was better than Martha's--to sit and be with Jesus. When John describes his vision in Revelation, I wouldn't have been able to tell as a child what the point of the revelation was. Whereas, the Big Picture Bible--written for the same age group--really does a good job explaining Revelations and what John saw in a very biblical way.

    The stories were nice and my daughters enjoyed listening, but this Bible storybook would not be my first choice.

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