Thursday, February 7, 2013

Bible Stories that End with a Hug

Bible Stories that End with a Hug, created by Stephen Elkins and illustrated by Simon Taylor-Kielty, teaches Biblical truths and practical spiritual lessons in simple terms for young children. Each page spread is devoted to one spiritual teaching or Bible story. The spread includes a Bible verse, an example story from the Bible, a small section about what can be learned from the story and the final “hug time” sidebar that says something like: “Give the one who shows kindness.... a great big hug!” (Kindness begins with me would be the theme addressed here.) Content-wise, there are 75 Bible stories and the book covers the major stories as well as many minor ones. There is not actually a page devoted to Jesus' death, although it is mentioned on other pages. I can understand why that would be hard to illustrate in a way appropriate for young readers, but I do think that perhaps more importance should have been placed on it.

I enjoyed reading Bible Stories that End with a Hug to my daughter. Although she's still too young to understand the words being said, she did like to look at the drawings. She also enjoyed the hug parts as evidenced by her smiles and laughter. We'd read a page and then end the story with a hug. She'd giggle and smile and my heart would melt. Those memories are so precious and I'm happy to recommend a product that contributes to happy memories.

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