Saturday, December 31, 2011

Book review: My Storytime Bible

What it is: A children's Bible targeted at pre-schoolers and early primary grade kids written by Renita Boyle and illustrated by Melanie Florian

First Impression: I was immediately impression by the colorful illustrations and thought they did a good job of making the stories appropriate lengths for little people with short attention spans!

Overall Impression: For the most part, we really liked this book. But as my husband and I read the book, he eventually noticed a major error in the text-the book states in the Adam & Eve story allegedly based on Genesis 3:1-7 that "the fruit from the Tree of Life tasted lovely and lush. They never ate from the Tree of Knowing Good and Bad" (pg 10).
The Bible we have at home, the New American Bible (school and church version), says later in Genesis 3 that

"God said...Therefore he must not be allowed to put out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life also, and thus eat of it and live forever." The Lord God therefore banished him from the garden of Eden... (Genesis 3:22-23)

Clearly Adam and Eve never ate from the Tree of Life.

We haven't noticed any other discrepancies between this children's Bible and our adult Bible, but we aren't really biblical scholars either.

The Bottom Line: The book seems well-written and beautifully illustrated, but contains at least one worrisome error that indicates their editorial process may have been lacking. To me, it's just not worth potentially confusing kids by reading them Bible stories containing errors. I don't recommend this book.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on My Storytime Bible. They are also a great source for a Catechism of the Catholic Church or a Catholic Bible.

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