Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Play-Along Bible - A Review

The Play-Along Bible
Play-Along Bible - cover.jpg
Writer: Bob Hartman
Illustrator: Susie Poole

A Review

Children, like adults, learn in different ways. Learning by doing is a key tool to teaching all ages. This book takes this concept to a new direction.

Rather than using song and music, the author has taken Biblical truth and retold them with rhythm and motion. The author has taken 50 well-known stories and created as series of “dramas” that can be acted out and remembered for both what they say, but also what the children may do. These stories a small - creation is divided into seven stories, one for each day - but they cover the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  Also included are a set of four child size memory verses; just right for the young minds that will find this book of most use. Given the number of Bible stories covered, I would think the selection of memory verses could have been expanded; a creative teacher or parent should have no problem doing exactly that.

The book will fit well with most pre-school curriculum - with it be in a Sunday School or a Day Care setting. Similarly, the book will well with family devotions in a home with at least one small child. Most kindergartners will still find the book entertaining - but kids much older than this might find the lessons “BORING”, to quote on grade schooler who sitting in his assigned class.  My wife will be using the book with her 3-4 year old, Pre-K Sunday School class. I suspect we may be using it with our own grandkids as they get just a bit older.

This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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