Friday, January 09, 2015

The Sweetest Story Bible for Toddlers - Diane Storz; illustrations by Sheila Bailey

“The Sweetest Story Bible for Toddlers” is a 32-page board book in which Diane Storz has written a very quick and light overview of the entire Bible with eight stories – four from the Old Testament and four from the New Testament. Each story is short – only a few pages, and geared to children who may not understand the deeper concepts of each story, although reading the book to children a bit older might present an opportunity to expand each one.

This book is most definitely geared to toddlers and more specifically, girls. The pages are sturdy and the artwork is as sweet as the stories. Sheila Bailey’s brightly colored and expressive illustrations cover most of each page. Although the book is feminine in design with its pink cover depicting girls, the stories could be read to both sexes.

I especially loved the final page which says, “After Jesus spent time with his disciples, he went up to heaven through the clouds. But someday he will come back. We are waiting for you, Lord Jesus!”

"The Sweetest Story Bible for Toddlers" would make a lovely gift for toddlers to introduce the idea of carrying their own ‘Bible’ to church and that Bible reading is an important and enjoyable experience.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Brdbk edition (December 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310746302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310746300

About the Author 

Diane Stortz has been involved with publishing for many years as an editor, editorial director, and author. Her children’s books include Jesus Loves You: A Read the Pictures Book, Let’s Shine Jesus’ Light on Halloween, Four Faithful Friends, and God’s Boredom Buster Plan. She is cofounder of the National Network of Parents of Missionaries and coauthor of Parents of Missionaries: How to Thrive and Stay Connected When Your Children and Grandchildren Serve Cross-Culturally. Diane is the mother of two grown daughters, and lives in Cincinnati with her husband and a Dutch house rabbit, Pepe.

 About the Illustrator

 Sheila Bailey works in watercolor and digital media. In fact, it is this combination of tools that allows her to achieve her characteristic style. Sheila began her career as a designer and painter for Hallmark, Inc. Later, she became a featured designer at Will Vinton Studios. Formerly published under the name Sheila Lucas, Sheila Bailey has been writing and illustrating children's literature for more than a decade. Away from her brush, Sheila enjoys gardening and tending to her koi pond. She currently lives in Redwood City, CA.

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