Wednesday, December 7, 2011

"Baby's Little Bible" Blog Tour

Baby’s Little Bible
Sarah Toulmin; illustrated by Kristina Stephenson
Baby's Little Bible was written by new mom Sarah Toulmin as a way of sharing the stories she so loved with her own little ones. Her ultra-simple retellings of twenty favorite stories, from Creation to Resurrection, are filled with a sense of wonder, expressing God's love for creation.
Featuring Kristina Stephenson's heartwarming, baby-friendly illustrations, this little Bible offers lots to look at and point to while parent and child share this delightful book together.

Now available in a small format with a padded cover in either pink or blue, or as a gift edition with gilt edges and a ribbon marker, Baby's Little Bible is a perfect starter Bible to share with a much-loved child. 

About the Author:  Sarah Toulmin is an experienced teacher, publicist, and now full-time mom. She started writing when expecting her first child who was the inspiration for-and first critic of!-the Baby's Little Bible.

About the Illustrator:  Kristina Stephenson trained as a set and costume designer and worked in theater and television before going on to illustrate children’s books. She is the illustrator of Lion’s Baby Bible (Lion, 2006) and The Angel and the Lamb (Lion, 2008).

To download an excerpt, please click here.

My Take:
I have started requesting more children's books to review lately, and my daughter has definitely enjoyed it! I have, too, since it gives me more of a variety to read to her.

This little Bible contains simple re-tellings of the following stories:

                                  In the Beginning                               Jesus and His Message
                                   Rainy Days                                          The Hole in the Roof
                               God Chooses a Family                           The Good Shepherd
                                 A Special Coat                                        Bread and Fish
                                 A New Home                                           A Scary Storm
                               Walls Fall Down                                        The Little Girl
                            The Giant and the Boy                                    A Prayer
                                   The Big Fish                                     Here Comes the King
                                   Hungry Lions                                             The Cross
                                    Baby Jesus                                                    Alive!

The sentences in these stories are simple, and the words would be easy to read for a beginning reader. My 2 ½-year-old daughter liked the pictures in this book. They are brightly colored, and they are cartoon-like, but not so much so that they look weird.

This is not an in-depth children's Bible (and there are no Bible references listed for the stories), but it is a nice, simple retelling of a few Bible stories. I would almost hesitate to call this "Baby's Little Bible," since it is more like a Bible story book and not a complete Bible.


When I asked my daughter what she liked best about this book, she said, "The Baby Jesus part." (I know...she's got the 'Sunday School answer' down pat already!) She also said she liked, "Noah with the animals" and that the pictures of the lions were, "scary...just a little bit."

More information about the book:

Publication: November 2011
$9.99 each
Pink: 978-0-7459-6272-6
Blue: 978-0-7459-6271-9
Padded Hardcover
160 pages each
Trim Size: 5.5 x 6.75
Publisher: Lion Children’s Books, distributed by Kregel Publications

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from Lion Children's Books through Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


1 comment:

  1. Just wanted to stop in and say hello! Found you through the Kregel blog tour list. Hugs and Merry Christmas!!! :O)