Saturday, February 25, 2017

Book Review: The Story Traveler's Bible by Tracy Madder, Illustrated by Tim Crecelius

This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.

This children's Bible story book times travels back to the ancient days of the Bible with Munch and crew, a group that is at lunch during Vacation Bible school. They have less than 20 minutes to make the journey through the Bible. Their bus follows along to places in the Bible from Scriptures in Old Testament through the New Testament, sometimes they revisit a place they have already traveled to, since those locations are the settings of more than one story in the Bible. Each section gives an introduction to where they are stopping at and at times they can see who is in the Bible stories at the beginning of some sections. There are explanations of places they are visiting and references to Bible verses that are listed in on the sidebars of the stories. At times Munch and crew want to walk into the story to talk to the people in the Bible stories but they aren't allowed to, they are only allowed to watch.

At the end of each story Scripture is given so that children can read the Bible verses themselves or have it read to them. Please note that this isn't an actual Bible, but a storybook that explains stories in the Bible so children can understand them better.

I liked how the stories followed along from the Old to the New Testaments in the order that they are listed in most Bibles. All of the stories aren't there, just most of the main ones that children often hear in Sabbath and Sunday school settings, and some that are not so common. Just as there is with a lot of children's stories there was some fiction that was brought into the story, to help visualize the Bible stories better. In my opinion, the illustrations did a great job of bringing the Bible stories more alive.

I found myself leaving stick-it notes on pages that I learned something and wanted to remember. I learned that people in ancient Jerusalem ate with their fingers, that there are five different people named Herod in the Bible that were all related, and that it must've been important to Jesus to save leftover food since the extra food was collected after he was able to feed so many people.

This book would be great for children and even for some adults!

My review = 5 out of 5 stars

I received this book free for the purpose of reviewing it.

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