Saturday, June 27, 2009

100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs created by Stephen Elkins

100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs was created by Stephen Elkins and illustrated by Tim O'Connor and published by Thomas Nelson. A wonderful book for driving home Biblical stories and having children remember them for years to come.
It has been proven before that children learn faster when the things they are supposed to be learning are put to song. So, why is it, that when we teach our children Bible stories we tend to make it too dry for them to comprehend and remember? I realize not every child learns better when stories are put to music but most do, so it's great to have this resource, all three of my children from the 7 year old down to my soon to be 3 years old enjoyed it.
There are 100 Bible songs to go along with the 100 Bible stories. The songs are professionally recorded with children singing the songs. Some songs are familiar Sunday school favorites while other ones are not so familiar but are fun and easy to sing along to. There is over 2 hours worth of music on the two included Cd's. Some of the songs are In the Beginning, Noah's Arky Arky, When the Saints Go Marching In, Who Did Swallow Jonah, What A Mighty Friend We Have In Jesus, J-E-S-U-S, Deep and Wide and many, many more.
The book is a hardcover but has soft, puffy feeling to it, which I think serves to help protect the Cd's which can be stored in the book. The stories are short which is good for little ones who have short attention spans. Each story is accompanied with the Scripture verse that it is taken from, so that the story can be elaborated on for the older child who needs more details. The illustrations are beautiful, in a child sense, they are colorful and not to cartoon looking but enough that a child won't loose interest while looking at them.
This is a wonderful book for families who want their children to learn Bible stories at a young age and continue to grown in the Word. Also, any Christian denomination could use this without fear of it contradicting their church's teaching - just basic straight forward Bible stories. Older children can read it to younger children and it allows bonding time for families as they indulge in God's Word.

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