Read and Share DVD - Volume 1

Read and Share DVD - Volume 1

by Gwen Ellis

Multimedia(DVD - NTSC)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400313037
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 08/05/2008
Pages: 60
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Gwen Ellis has been writing and editing all kinds of books for many years. Her Read and Share Bible and its ancillary products have sold more than 1.3 million units. Gwen is fierce in her endeavor to communicate the Word of God to kids, and she is the proud mother of two adult children and two wonderful grandchildren.

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Read and Share DVD - Volume 1 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
reformedchristian More than 1 year ago
The Bible repeatedly says we should teach our children about God and the things of God. As a parent this is something that I take seriously although my daughter is still a toddler. How wonderful then that we can do this in a variety of different formats. Thomas Nelson have provided us with a beautifully illustrated DVD that is very watchable. On this DVD there are thirteen Bible stories that are each retold in three minutes as cartoons. These cartoons are very well done and even have a three D feel to them. The narration is excellent and while using poetic licence they are faithful to the Biblical accounts. I really enjoyed watching it with my little girl but she was just a little young yet to follow it. The DVD also has some useful resources you can print off, such as colouring sheets, which my wife finds helpful for sharing with children when she does the creche at church. She also shared the DVD with all the children in the creche and they gave it a thumbs up and so did the moms as the children sat still throughout the whole thing. I heartily recommend this DVD to parents and toddlers. I am looking forward to getting volume 2!
Blackberry_Rambles More than 1 year ago
I just finished watching Gwen Ellis' Read & Share Bible DVD. Aimed at preschoolers, this DVD contains 13 short (3 minute) Bible stories, just perfect for the attention span of a little one. The animations in this DVD are colorful and simple, keeping a child's interest while not over-stimulating him. I particularly liked the music chosen for the background as it also had a soothing and calming effect. The DVD begins with Creation and covers stories such as Adam and Eve, the Flood, Abraham, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Esau, John the Baptist, Christ's Birth, Christ's Temptation, Jesus and Children and the Lost Sheep. Overall I found the condensation of Bible truths and facts to be accurate. There were only one or two sentences where I would have preferred better wording. For those concerned about images of Jesus and the second commandment, three of the thirteen stories contain such images. I was pleased with this DVD, as were each of my children (ages 3-8). I would recommend this to those looking for a good Bible Story DVD for preschoolers.
cryptotheologian More than 1 year ago
Read and Share DVD Bible 1 is part of a series of DVDs that aims to engage pre-schoolers with stories from the Bible. Overall I'm impressed with this volume, which covers Genesis, up until the point that Jacob wrestles with God; and then episodes from the Gospels. The animation, as you can gather from the cover, is simple and representative, while quite warm and engaging. I like the funny noses. somehow the obvious cartoonish-ness of the animation draws attention to the fact that this is not supposed to be taken as a painstaking re-creation of the historical events, but rather a pathway into the drama of the Bible's stories. In this vein, there are ways in which the stories are especially directed toward the young viewers, with the creation account mentioning puppies, the Noah's ark sequence involving a monkey riding on a deer's back, and other gently humourous or expanded elements. Having said that, I think the DVD as a whole does well in being faithful to the stories it tells. There are no moralising interpretations added onto the stories - they are simply allowed to speak for themselves, which is a good thing from my perspective. The background instrumental music is non-intrusive and quite fitting. Different vignettes are narrated by one of two different narrators. The male narrator has what I would guess is a Boston accent - very clear and understandable for those of us who live in the UK! The female narrator's voice is also quite clear and accessible to children. I have not watched every bit of the bonus features, but this is because our 4yo daughter and 2yo son didn't like those parts. They involved material that was largely aimed at parents, showing how the animation was done. Older children might find this interesting, but it didn't seem entirely necessary. One of the drawbacks of simplifying the Bible for children is that inevitably certain things are skipped over, and certain things are crystallised in a way that may need to be unlearned later on in life. For example, the story of the prodigal son finishes with the return of the prodigal (missing out the climactic interchange with the older brother); and the angels are shown as winged creatures (rather than appearing human) with Gregorian-style singing voices. I'm not quite sure what to make of this issue: Will my children now picture winged creatures when they hear about angels in the Bible - not realising that the New Testament itself never indicates that this is how they are to be understood? Will they, in future years, assume that the only point of the "Prodigal Son" parable is that the father welcomed the prodigal? I think these sorts of things are always going to be issues when we attempt to put something literary into a visual form: There is a loss that occurs when the Bible is made into a DVD. but that doesn't mean that it's a worthless enterprise; it simply means that we need to be aware of these drawbacks. My two children really enjoy watching this DVD, sometimes watching the whole thing (I guess about 40 minutes) twice in one sitting! So I'm happy to recommend it to people with pre-school age children, and we'll be looking out for subsequent volumes in the series.
CheekyJS More than 1 year ago
I was pretty excited to review a DVD rather than a book from Thomas Nelson. Not that I don't love to read, mind you. But my kids l.o.v.e. to watch shows, so this was something we could do together! The DVD is approximately 60 minutes long, but it is broken down into 12 segments. Each is no more than 5 minutes long. My kids were mesmerized the entire time the DVD was running (I think it was more like 40 min total in length, and we haven't watched the special features yet). Each story was told very simply and illustrated very clearly. I appreciated that the narrators and characters spoke very slowly, so you didn't miss a single word. The colors were brilliant and eye catching. The music was calm and soothing. Although not made with the latest and greatest in computer animation technology, the truths and the stories were there, told in childlike simplicity. I told my husband that this would be a great resource for any/all churches to have in order to introduce a Bible story or teaching. I have no problem giving this a great recommendation and I am absolutely thrilled to own a great resource I can sit my kids down to watch knowing that is it a very wholesome show that holds their attention and teaches them about God's word.
Jenna82 More than 1 year ago
I was SO excited to have had the opportunity to receive a copy of The Read and Share DVD Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers to review! I knew that as much as our daughter loves her Bible.she'll ADORE this DVD and all it has to offer. There are thirteen lessons of scripture with stories from the Old Testament. The stories include The Beginning, Adam & Eve, The Flood, Abram, Isaac & Rebekah, Jacob & Esau, Rachel, Jacob & God, John the Baptist, Jesus is Born, Jesus is Tempted, Jesus Love Children, and One Lost Sheep. What I think is so neat about this DVD was the way it was made. There are short vignettes (about 3 minutes each) which make it perfect for children of young ages whose attention spans are shorter. It's great for Mom and Dad it's easily suited for any time of the day.put it in for a couple of stories or for the entire thing. Our daughter tended to prefer a couple at a time, rather than the whole thing. The animation is bright and easily grabs the attention of a young child, while the dialogue is clear, simple and concise..a perfect way to share the Word of God with your little ones. It's a resource I have been looking for and am so glad I finally came across it. I hope to look into other volumes in the near future!
gahome2mom More than 1 year ago
Read and Share DVD Bible Volume 1 Read by Gwen Ellis Illustrated by Steve Smallman Share the joy and wonder of God's Word with the children in your life. As a first time reviewer for the Thomas Nelson Book Reviewers, I choose the Read and Share DVD Bible: Volume 1 by Gwen Ellis, Illustrated by Steve Smallman. The Read and Share DVD Bible was refreshing as well as enlightening. My children and I watched the whole DVD at one sitting. The DVD is perfect for short devotional times with any young one. My 3 year old was excited to see each and every story. She even had a few questions; I was more than happy to answer. The illustrations by Steve Smallman are an added bonus to this DVD. The graphics have a cell shaded watercolor appearance to them. They are very colorful and capture the attention of the viewers, especially the young ones. Volume 1 of the Read and Share DVD Bible consists of 13 stories from both the Old Testament and New Testament: "The Beginning", "Adam & Eve", "The Flood", "Abram", "Isaac & Rebekah", "Jacob & Esau", "Rachel", "Jacob & God", "John the Baptist", "Jesus is Born", "Jesus is Tempted", "Jesus Love Children", and "One Lost Sheep". Where to purchase this DVD: (Retails $14.99) Currently you can purchase it at $10.99. That is a full $4.00 savings! Wow! You can also find it at many Christian bookstores or online at I rated this 5 stars! Review by Janet Carter Loving Heart Designs
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bp0602 More than 1 year ago
I was excited to receive The Read & Share DVD Bible Volume 1 from Thomas Nelson. My four year old son was excited to watch it with me! The Read & Share DVD is 13 Bible stories told in short 3 minute format. It starts in the beginning with Creation. Many Old Testament favorites like Adam and Eve and the Flood are included as well as a few from the New Testament like John the Baptist and Jesus' birth. The cartoons are fun to watch, and the narrator in the background has a pleasant voice to hear. Extras are included on the DVD such as a behind the scenes look as well as interviews with kids. Due to the condensed version of this series, obviously some details had to be omitted from the stories. I felt the right things were included though to tell the stories accurately for young children to understand and be able to follow along. The language used is very appropriate and understandable to a child's vocabulary, which is another thing I appreciate about this video. My son thoroughly enjoyed watching this with me. I look forward to the next volume from Thomas Nelson. I would recommend these videos for a family with young children. They are also appropriate to supplement Bible class lessons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This week I watched the Read and Share Bible DVD, Volume 1 with my children. This animated dvd outlines 13 classic Bible stories, including Adam and Eve, The Flood, John the Baptist, Jesus is Born, Jesus Loves Children, and One Lost Sheep. It was definitely geared towards younger children, with cute animation, gentle music, and three minute long segments perfect for shorter attention spans. Despite the fact that some things were a little out of chronological order, I found it to be a great dvd! I would definitely recommend this to others looking for a way to teach preschoolers or other little children several classic Bible stories. The sweet animation will help bring the stories to life for them!
browneyed-mama More than 1 year ago
Beautifully done! I am very impressed with this DVD. My daughter is currently watching it-at her request-for the second time in a row. One problem I typically have with children's media: annoying to listen to. This DVD is actually pleasing to the ears! The music is a gentle combination of classical instruments and it nicely complements the narration. The narrators' voices (both a man and a woman), as well as the characters' dialogue, are completely normal and unforced. And they speak so clearly that even my 19-month-old son was paying attention (for longer than usual). Another problem I usually have is accuracy. We have received gifts of Bible books for the kids before that are very cute, but not very accurate. It is important to me that in teaching my children that the Bible is true, that the Bible story books I read to them reflect that truth. This DVD is Biblically accurate! Of the 13 short tracks, eight are from the Old Testament and five from the New. They include the oft-told stories of Noah's ark and Jesus' birth, but also lesser-known stories like Jacob wrestling with God and Jesus' baptism and temptation. This one's a keeper that I won't mind letting the kids watch!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My children and their cousins (ages 3-7) sat completely transfixed the entire length of this video. It is so engaging and truly educational. My children love this video. You will too! My husband and I have had a mini refresher course ourselves when viewing this with our children. The companion Bible book is a great accompaniant also.