The Look and Tell Bible
Illustrated by Dawn Machell, Published by Thomas Nelson
“The Look and Tell Bible” is a Children’s Book recommended for ages 3+. It is a durable board book. The front cover says, “Hear the Story, See the Picture, Say it myself!” which is exactly what started happening when reading with my own child. I like that it is on the larger side too (compared to typical board books).
When “The Look and Tell Bible” is opened up, the left page/side has images labeled with their name while the right page/side has the Bible story. These are popular stories for children taken from both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
There are 11 Bible stories in all:
- Noah’s Ark
- The Story of Joseph
- David and Goliath
- Daniel and the Lions’ Den
- Jesus is Born
- Shepherds and Wise Men
- The Feeding of the 5,000
- The Good Samaritan
The first thing I noticed was the adorable illustrations! The cartoonized version of people are especially cute for kids. The only thing that might need to be explained further is that in some stories Jesus is illustrated as a baby and then in the next stories he’s a full-grown man (with beard). While this is accurate and goes along with the Biblical accounts, it might be confusing if the reader does not explain to small children.
I read this book with my toddler. I pointed to the pictures on the left and had him repeat after me when I said their name (i.e., world, Jesus, food, etc.). Then on the right page I read the words of the story, stopping to point out the “pictures” in the sentence. My son is under the “recommended age,” but at 2 years old he caught on quickly and had fun shouting the answers. I love that he can enjoy the pictures by himself, but more importantly that we can enjoy it together.
While each Bible story is condensed to only 5-6 sentences, the main thoughts are presented in a way that children can understand and remember God’s goodness via protection, safety, power, and provision. This Bible lays the foundation for years to come. I will definitely recommend “The Look and Tell Bible” to others.
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