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This new addition to the Read and ShareTM brand contains 40 stories plus a 60 minute DVD including bonus features just for toddlers.

The Read and Share Toddler Bible is a delightful way to introduce little ones agesone tofour to God’s Word. Gwen Ellis’s engaging retelling of Bible stories along with Steve Smallman’s colorful art communicate God’s Word clearly to small tots with short attention spans. Stories from both the Old and New Testaments include all-time favorites ranging...

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This new addition to the Read and ShareTM brand contains 40 stories plus a 60 minute DVD including bonus features just for toddlers.

The Read and Share Toddler Bible is a delightful way to introduce little ones agesone tofour to God’s Word. Gwen Ellis’s engaging retelling of Bible stories along with Steve Smallman’s colorful art communicate God’s Word clearly to small tots with short attention spans. Stories from both the Old and New Testaments include all-time favorites ranging from Creation, Noah, Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, David, to Jesus’ birth, miracles, death, and resurrection.

Bonus DVD includes stories and bonus features from the popular Read and ShareTMDVD Bible series. Each story is three minutes long to keep toddlers attention span engaged.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400314645
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 430,732
  • Age range: 1 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gwen Ellis is the bestselling author of the Read and Share® Bible and a full line of Read and Share® products. She is the owner of Seaside CreativeServices, a speaking, writing, and editing service.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Where is the dvd .

    That is the reason why i purchased it and how do you open the dvd to play it where is it. If i find the dvd then i will give 5 stars

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

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    Great starter Bible for little ones

    The Read and Share Toddler Bible with stories retold by Gwen Ellis is a great beginners Bible for kids just beginning to grasp the parables and lessons of the Bible. While considerable shorter than other children's bibles we have it still has the capacity to keep the attention of little ones. With a 60 minute DVD and parental suggestions it would make a great addition to any family library.

    Is it just me or are children just drawn to stories of Jesus and the characters of the Old Testament? My oldest son use to love the story of Samson when he was smaller and thanks to Veggietales and the like my youngest two have also developed a fondness for Queen Esther and other Bible heroes. The Read and Share Toddler Bible is great in that the 40 stories within are short, sweet and tailored for toddlers. They not only tell the stories of the Bible they acknowledge emotions and invoke empathy, a new concept to little ones.

    The DVD is just an added bonus and makes for good downtime TV. I also appreciate the suggestions throughout the book. They offer great opportunities to discuss things with your kids while they are still fresh in their minds. I would definitely recommend this book as a good starter Bible.

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

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    Read and Share Bible perfect for kids and parents too !

    What I love about the Read and Share Toddler's Bible is that there is an "application" to reinforce the story at the end of each tale. It's kind of like a life application Bible for kids !

    The DVD companion is also great, my son loved it ! However he pointed out that the last three stories were not included in the DVD.

    As a member of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program, I am privileged to be one of those reviewing this book. For more information on the Thomas Neloson's Book Review blogger's program visit

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    Read and Share Toddler Bible (with DVD) Gwen Ellis, Steve Smallman - AWESOME

    This is a superb Children's Bible.I have been searching for a decent version of the Bible for my son who is almost 3. Being the age that he is, it's very difficult to find something that entertains him. He loves to look at books, but isn't really into reading them, so I have a hard time finding books that we can read together.

    The book has 40 Bible stories from both the Old and New Testament and a bonus 60 minute DVD as well.

    I liked that it was full color, I was very impressed with the art work and the stories in this book. I think it's extremely important to start teaching my son early about the Bible. I love that this has bright fun pictures and that the story is kept short but also stays true to the Bible.

    The interactive DVD is perfect for reading along. The first time he watched it, he was glued to the screen and watched it 3 times in a row! He continues to watch it all the time. I would have like to see all the stories on the DVD.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the parents notes with each story to help interact and engage children. Felt this was a great suggestion.

    The only downfall I have, is that my son likes to pull on the pages. I wish the pages were a little heavier, but I am overall 190% happy with the quality.

    I would reccomend this to anyone that has children, grandkids, nieces, nephews or a perfect gift for parents and expecting parents!

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  • Posted August 28, 2009

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    Excellent for families with young children

    I'd like to recommend The Read and Share Toddler Bible by Gwen Ellis. With 40 Bible stories from both the Old and New Testament and a bonus 60 minute DVD as well, this is a nice Bible for youngsters ages 4 and under. This full color Bible is a nice size for little ones to hold and carry around.

    I enjoyed reading this book and watching the DVD. One thing I liked was a note to parents at the end of each story that gave an idea of something to do with your toddler related to the story. This would be nice for family reading time and would also make a nice gift.

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

    a lovely first introduction to the classic bible stories

    I wanted a book that would appeal to my two children, aged 8 and 4, and give them the basics of the most child-friendly stories of the bible. I wouldn't describe myself as a religious person to any degree but even from a cultural point of view, I think it's nice for kids to have some knowledge of the most well-known bible stories and I have fond memories of listening to the tales of Noah's Ark, the Nativity, the Good Samaritan and Adam and Eve at school. In France, all references to any religion whatsoever are totally outlawed so children never learn anything about the bible stories at school. This book fills the gap nicely.

    The stories are presented in a really child-friendly way, almost like fairy tales. There are the references you need to look up the full story in the bible, but the religious/moral message is not overly emphasised. The pictures are simple and colourful and the charcaters really appeal to young readers. Each story is incredibly short, on average about 4-6 pages with about 20 words to a page (whoever managed to condense the stories that much must have had lots of practise on twitter !!), and this is ideal for short bedtime stories or for a young reader to manage to read alone. The accompanying DVD presents each story in a 3-minute segment which is great for kids with a short attention span.

    My 8-year-old loved reading the stories aloud to her little sister, and understood everything perfectly when I asked her to explain the stories to me. My 4-year-old loved "reading" the book along with the DVD and finding the pictures on screen that matched the pictures in the book. They both devoured all 40 of the stories in the the book and 14 on the DVD in one sitting. It's a great introduction to the classic bible stories for young children and a way to spend some lovely family time together, a few minutes at a time.

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

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    A Good Start

    I was looking for a way to introduce my twin toddlers to the Holy Bible, and frankly I was at a loss. I'm a fairly new Christian myself, so I needed help. Coming across this book was great! Now when I offer night-night stories I get to hear my daughter yell "Bible?" (Well sometimes, other times she yells "George?" for Curious George). The stories are short so we can go through a few at night or a lot, depending on their attention span that day. They love the colors and pictures of animals and in the meantime, they also hear about God, Jesus Christ and the Biblical account. the illustrations are well done and appropriate for little kids.

    The follow-up lessons and parental activities are a nice touch for when they get older. This gives me a handle on providing them with an application, something which is vitally important.

    The accompanying DVD is a nice addition, but I have to admit that the voice work and animation weren't lively enough to grab my kids' attention for long. It's hard to compete with Pixar, which these two love. I'll keep it on hand and keep trying it, I think they may be a bit young for it now.

    My kids are just on the beginning edge of the appropriate age for this book, so, while I like it and they seem to as well, it may take some time to see it's full effectiveness. Either way, It served my purpose, which was to get the Bible into my kids' lives, which it has done. Given their age and maturity level, I think the best is yet to come.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

    Read and Share Toddler Bible

    As a parent of 3 young kids, I am all-too-aware of the glut of toddler bibles available, and the sameness that plagues the majority of them. Happily, the Read and Share Toddler Bible, published by Thomas Nelson, stands out from the crowd.

    At first glance, it would seem that this bible contains the usual toddler bible characteristics: (1) short (4-6 page) accounts of the most common bible stories, such as Adam and Eve, Noah, and Joseph's coat of many colors; (2) colorful pictures which portray the "good guys" and "bad guys" accordingly (i.e. Jesus looks friendly, Goliath does not); (3) age-appropriate wording for the stories being told (we are told that Joseph is in jail due to a lie told by Potopher's wife, for example, but the book doesn't go into detail about what that lie is).

    But a closer look reveals features which go beyond the norm for this type of book. For one thing, there is a DVD included, and it contains most of the stories that are in the book, and some of them are a little more fleshed out. The video version of the stories are told in a very simple way: this animation won't be confused with anything put out by Pixar. But it kept my 5-year-old's attention, and ultimately, that's what matters.

    Another nice feature of the book is the suggestion included at the end of each chapter. Some are simply designed to help the parent ask the child some leading questions after reading the story, for the purpose of initiating a conversation so that the Scriptural truths contained in the story can be elaborated on. But many of hte suggestions go beyond questions. Simple crafts and activities to reinforce the story are offered.

    As for the stories themselves, most are worded at a higher level than 2-3 year-olds are likely to embrace. I found the "toddler" in the name a bit confusing. The words used to tell the stories are probably best suited for an audience which is a little older than the common definition of "toddler".

    At $14.99 (SRP), this bible is a great bargain, as it contains the normal toddler bible features in addition to the DVD and crafts/activities.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

    Great way to teach your toddler the stories of the Bible

    My Review:
    Read and Share Toddler Bible is a children's book that introduces your toddler to the wonderful stores of the Bible. This is geared toward Children ages 2-4

    I found this book very interesting and my three year old daughter loved the stories. In fact, we read seeral of the stories in one day. The DVD that came with did not hold her attention much. It lacked the action thati s required to keep and active toddler entranced.

    My eight year old enjoyed reading it to himself and enjoyed following in the book while the DVD was on. He was little disappointed when the DVD stopped abruptly.

    I would recommend this to parents of small children who are interested in teaching their children the different storiesand lessons of the Bible.

    I rate this book 4/5.

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

    Introduce and familiarize your children to God's Word through The Read and Share Toddler Bible

    The Read and Share Toddler Bible is a perfect addition to your family library if you have children up to the age of four years. My three and half year old and I have really enjoyed reading it together at bedtime since it arrived in the mail. I've also been including my 9 month old in our bedtime readings and I think she is having fun with it, too.

    The stories, retold by Gwen Ellis, are written and designed to hold the *short* attention span of my wiggly littles. At the end of each story, a suggestion is given for a discussion or activity to help further implant the heart of the story on your child's heart. For example, after reading the story of how Jacob was tricked into marrying Leah instead of Rachel, parents are encouraged to talk to their kids about how we eventually get what we give. To tell our little ones about how to be kind to others and to let them know that God is happy when he or she is kind. After the conclusion of several stories (all re-telling the tale of Joseph; his brother's jealousy, being sold into slavery, sent to jail, rise to ruler in Egypt and saving the country and his family from famine) parents are encouraged to help their littles understand that God can make even bad things turn out to be good things - because He loves us.

    This book does a good job of pointing the need for and the way to Jesus through the stories chosen to re-tell from the OT and the NT. Each story is simplified for the kids understanding without losing the impact, importance or value. This is an excellent tool for parents to utilize in building up the foundation of their kids' faith through familiarity. It's also great time spent during family reading time.

    I also wanted to mention that the DVD that comes along with the book is excellent -- even my 8 year old loved watching it. The DVD version goes a little more in depth and I really enjoy watching it with my kids - that's right, we're going to keep on watching the DVD and reading the book. Well done!

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

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    Perfect Book for Bonding With Your Child!

    Let's face are picky! From everything to what they eat, to what they play with and everything in between. When it comes to books and DVD this is also true. This Bible that is designed for Toddlers to connect with the stories and heart of the Bible is pure excellence. I sat down with my 2 1/2 year old daughter this week and we spent almost 20 minutes reading the stories and looking at pictures from the Read and Share Toddler Bible by Thomas Nelson Publishing. Not only are the stories accurate to Scripture, but they are presented in a way that is attractive and captivating to children. There are 40 Bible stories with great illustrations that are short enough for little ones without sacrificing the story's lesson. It also comes with a 60 minute DVD where 14 of the stories come to life on film for kids. My daughter was watching the DVD and kept turning the pages to follow along. One of her favorite stories was Adam and Eve and the "sneaky snake." She loves snakes and bugs in general so I don't think I have cause for alarm that she will enjoy disobeying quite yet - but the point is that both the book and the DVD were engaging to her. She sat through 8 of the 14 stories on the DVD which was great for us to talk about God and the stories together. I was hoping to have more of the stories on the DVD but an hour length DVD is a good amount of time for toddlers to sit through and the DVD covers the major Old Testament and New Testament stories.

    Another great feature of the Read and Share Toddler Bible is that after every story there is a Parent Application for parents to be able to continue the lesson through acting the stories out or talking about it more together. So many times you see books for Toddlers that do not help the parents engage with their children - not with this one, it is great for that! I highly recommend this to any parents of toddlers and too often in today's world, we as parents do not take the time to sit down and read books with our kids. This Read and Share Toddler Bible will not only help you connect with your child, it will help connect your child with God!

    Matt Nash
    Thomas Nelson Publishing Book Reviewer

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

    In Love

    Esmé (28 months) and I were in love with this Read and Share Toddler Bible (stories retold by Gwen Ellis; recommended audience ages 1-4) the moment we ripped open the package.

    The illustrations (by Steve Smallman) are perfect for capturing a toddler's attention. There are 40 Bible stories, each in a vocabulary Esmé can easily follow, as well as an engaging style that gets the toddler involved. The lessons of God's love are relevant and easy to understand.

    There are suggested activities following each story to reinforce it. For instance, in the story of Joseph, I can get out my emotions cards and have Esmé identify the emotions of the various characters throughout the story. Or in the story of Abram's journey to Canaan, I can lead Esmé on a "long" walk or journey, with a treat at the end.

    And the Bonus DVD that comes with it? Well, Esmé had it ripped out of the cover of the book and into the DVD player before I finished opening up the rest of the mail. The 60-minute DVD is broken up into three-minute stories.

    This is the first Bible story DVD that really captured Esmé's attention to the point that she preferred it over the other non-Bible DVDs we have. I was somewhat surprised, because the animation and story lines were quite simple, but she has requested what she calls the "God/Jesus/donkey" DVD over and over again as her first choice.

    Thanks to Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program ( for the review copy of this book.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    Colorful and simple

    This is a very well done toddler Bible. The stories are clear and concise, they really cut to the heart of the story and kept them short enough to hold the attention of a two year old. Our almost two year old loves the pictures and the stories. Some interesting features include an activity at the end of most of the stories for the parent to do with the child to really help them understand the lesson in the story. Also it gives the bible reference for the story. They had some of the great stories in there, Creation and even Adam and Eve's fall, they skipped Abraham and Hagar however, and I thought that was appropriate. The pictures were very colorful, designed to hold a toddlers eye with lots of things to point at and name. The language was simple enough for a child to understand without being dumbed down.

    This bible included an hour long dvd that covers most of the stories in the book. I wasn't impressed and my toddler lost interest fairly quickly. It was mostly a narrative with poorly animated copies of the illustrations in the book. The upside is that it used the same illustrations so it was recognizable.

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  • Posted August 6, 2009

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    Very cute!

    I recently received to read and review The Read and Share Toddler Bible with bible stories retold by Gwen Ellis and illustrated by Steve Smallman. I was very impressed with this children's book. First, I must say it is a great idea. Children love hearing about bible stories but hearing them read aloud from an actual bible can be hard to understand and follow along. This stories are shortened and summarized using child friendly vocabulary and concepts. I loved the story about Adam and Eve and the Sneaky Snake. In this story, God tells them that eating fruit off a certain tree is a "no-no". I loved the use of the phrase "no-no", because so many of us parents use it on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. I think children can relate to this vocabulary better than telling them it is a forbidden tree.

    I read this book in segments to my 11 month old daughter. She really just wanted to play with the pages but overall enjoyed our time reading it together. I think this book will be a great opportunity for us to read and bond together as she grows up. I prefer to read her books that are educational or have moral values. I love concept of taking bible stories and making them into short children's stories. This is exactly the type of reading material I enjoy sharing with her. I wish the book could have had pages made of cardboard so my daughter could read it alone, otherwise she will tear out the pages. I realize this is unreasonable for such a long children's book, but I have to criticize something about it.

    I really enjoyed the illustrations by Steve Smallman. They are beautifully colorful and detailed. My daughter kept touching the pictures on each page as we were reading it. The people in the pictures have a cartoon like quality about them that make them more fun and appealing to children while they still look like real people with historical significance.

    I definitely recommend this book for children.

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  • Posted August 6, 2009

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    Read and Share Toddler Bible

    The Read and Share Toddler Bible is a collection of forty bible stories from both the Old and New Testaments. Each retelling is short and simple. Some of the stories included are the creation, Noah's Ark, Joseph, Abraham and Sarah, Daniel, David and Goliath, Jesus Birth, Jesus' Death and the resurrection. Each story is accompanied by colorful illustrations and followed by an interactive learning suggestion. The book includes a one hour DVD which includes a selection of stories from the book. Each story is approximately three minutes in length.

    I liked the selection of stories and the illustrations were colorful and fun. I felt like some of the stories were incomplete, while others ended nicely. Some of the stories were told in a way that left me thinking about how a child might interpret the story. For example, the story of David and Goliath. In the retelling Goliath was said to be a mean man, that he wanted to hurt God's people, that he liked to scare people, yell, shake his fists, make mean faces and that he was a bully. I thought the author should have given a little more information on why David and Goliath fought in the first place. I felt that a child may get the impression that it's okay to hit people just because they make mean faces, yell and shake their fists. I also had a problem with part of the interactive suggestion. It suggests that parents act out the motions described and to dance around the room with your child while singing, "David won! God won! We win!" I felt like this was saying it's okay to rejoice in someones misfortune or pain (or in this case death). Another story I had a problem with was Adam and Eve. This story depicts Adam and Eve being asked by God to leave the Garden because they sinned. This is like saying to a child if you do something wrong you'll be asked to leave. These were two stories that I felt could have been better explained. I thought some of the interactive suggestions were silly and a waste of time while others seemed well thought out. I understand that stories were cut short to probably help keep the child's attention but stories can be continued at a later time. Overall I did not like the book. This is a learning tool to help teach children about God and the bible. Each story should be simple and easy to understand (which it is) but as factual as possible without leaving out too much of the real story. I would not recommend this book.

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

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    Once again, another great title by author Gwen Ellis. The Read and Share Toddler Bible is a wonderful book geared to toward infants and toddlers. This hardcover book is filled with various well-loved Bible stories from both the new and old testament. Illustrations are beautifully done by artist Steve Smallman for both the bonus DVD and the Bible story book. At the end of each story there a small tid-bit of information for parents or grandparents to encourage discussion with children of each story read.

    I really enjoyed watching the DVD with my daughter this afternoon. She was captivated by each story and was paying very well attention. She would say Baby when she saw baby Moses and Jesus. She said dog when she saw the dog running around with the shepherd in the Lost Sheep story. She would also say yum yum each time characters in the various stories would eat. She was also pretty captivated by the shiny angels. Though she is a little young to understand each story, I know we'll be reading this book and watching the wonderful bonus DVD together as she grows to understand more and more each day.

    I highly recommend both the New Read and Share Toddler Bible along with the accompanying 60-minute DVD for any parent or grandparent.

    Reviewed by Erin L. Lowmaster
    Wednesday, August 05, 2009

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

    Great Children's Bible

    I just love adding new books to my library for the Grandkids...especially when they're books and Bibles which have a wonderful message for children to learn. They are so impressionable at this age and to be able to have books like that available is so important! That's why I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the Read and Share Toddler Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers!! It's a fantastic book for young children...I'd say at least up until the age of 5, maybe older.

    When I first received the book, I opened it up and was quite impressed with illustrations. To me this really brings each story to life. Young children will appreciate the bright colors and the story which is told. I was also impressed with the wording and how well it was to understand. For parents who want to take the Bible stories even further, there are discussion tips and ideas for activities and crafts! There was also a DVD of Bible Stories included. I hadn't expected that, so it was a great surprise!

    Overall I thought this was a terrific addition to our children's library and I would recommend it to parents with young children for sure!

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

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    Book Review of Read and Share Toddler Bible By: Gwen Ellis & Steve Smallman

    This book is a read and share version of the Bible for toddlers. The book includes 40 short bible stories with beautiful and colorful illustrations of bible characters and animals. The book also includes a DVD that also has short stories on it to hold the attention of toddlers. The DVD is an hour long. The book and DVD has stories from both the old and New Testament of the bible. I thought this was a very cute little book and would make the perfect gift for someone who has a child of toddler age or for any nursery school teacher at a church. The book explains the stories in simple and easy terms to relate to small children and I liked how it also included a recommended activity at the end of each story to do with your child to help them learn from the story further. I liked that the book included so many different stories from the bible for children to hear and that you could make learning about them fun with the book and DVD. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants their children to learn about God and the stories of the bible, as well as any Sunday school teacher who is sharing the word of God with children. This book is very inexpensive and is definitely worth every penny. I would also highly recommend it as the perfect gift for a toddler aged child. I am a book review blogger for Thomas Nelson, if you would like information on how you can become a book review blogger please go to If you would like more information on the "Read and Share Toddler Bible" please visit Thomas Nelson's web site at

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  • Posted July 31, 2009

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    Love it!

    I recently had the opportunity to review the Read and Share Toddler Bible thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers!! I was really looking forward to receiving this book in the mail and after having had the chance to look it over and read it with my daughter, I can tell you that it's a wonderful collection to our children's Bibles and other books!!

    Kaelyn has other Bibles which are very good, but as a toddler she loses interest quickly. I expected the same to happen with this toddler Bible, but it never did! She was interested the entire time! Between the short, easy to understand, interesting stories and the beautiful pictures, I thought it was perfect for children her age and is now one of her favorite books to read!! I feel that the stories, although shortened, were Biblically accurate and perfectly worded for a toddler to undestand. I have to say though, that in my opinion the pictures really made each of the stories come to life. They are incredible!

    There were a couple of other features I really appreciated about this Toddler Bible, one of which was the great bonus DVD of Bible Stories that it included. Kaelyn absolutely adored it! I also loved the little notes for parents found throughout. It gives parents ideas of how to make the Bible stories more meaningful to their children, either through discussion or fun, interactive activities.

    I would definitely recommend the Read and Share Toddler Bible to anyone with young children...espeically those under the age of 5!

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  • Posted July 30, 2009

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    I have a toddler and would recommend this!

    When I received the Read and Share Toddler Bible I didn't really know what to expect. The first thing I realized that this book came with a bonus DVD of Bible stories and other features.

    I am a parent of a toddler, and I was already feeling good about what the arrival of this book meant. The truth is that I really do like this toddler bible. Don't be mislead - it isn't an official translation of the bible. Rather it's a story-by-story retelling of the major themes of the bible.

    Unlike another children's bible my wife and I had given our children, the way the bible stories were told were more how I would tell a story to my child. It used a lot of words and expression that you would use to communicate to toddlers like,

    "One day the people came to the Red Sea. 'We're stuck,' they said. Moses held up his hand. Whoosh! God made a path right through the water."

    As I thumbed through the children's bible, I also noticed that the artwork throughout the book was wonderful. Not too realistic, but not too cartoonish. One of the things my wife noticed was the little notes throughout the book for parents to help their children understand the story, either through interactive crafts, or just simple reminders of what is the main theme of each story.

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