God’s Great Creation (I Can Read! Adventure Bible). Illustrated by David Miles. Grand Rapids: ZonderKidz, 2014. 32 pp. $3.99. Purchase at Amazon for less.
I recently reviewed God’s Great Creation, also part of this series and also illustrated by David Miles. This particular story begins with Moses meeting with God at the burning bush and culminates with the crossing of the Red Sea.
The entire series draws from the the Adventure Bible – a best selling children’s Bible designed for kids age 12 and under. This book is for the reading level 2 group of children which is geared toward ages 4-8.
I appreciate the folks at Zonderkidz adapting the Bible to a readable format. I also appreciate how they are breaking them down into shorter stories so as to not intimidate children.
One criticism I have with the series is that it always seems as though God is asking for help. For example, in this book, Moses hears God say, “Moses, I need your help!” This is instead of “Do not come any closer…” It might be splitting hairs, but we must always seek to make much of God and not too much of man.
Regardless of this criticism, Moses Leads the People is faithful to the Biblical account. The illustrations bring the stories to life for the children and, I have found, they really enjoy hearing how God triumphs.
Being a parent of 5 children, 1 which just learned to read and 2 yet to still learn how to read, I am becoming a huge fan of this series. Being a pastor of a church where we have 15 children under 8, I can see how this series will be a huge benefit for all parents. While this series will never replace reading the Word of God, it does an excellent job of introducing the children to the Word of God. I recommend this book to all children and all parents of children.