Do you have any kiddos in your life? Then, you should check out Zondervan’s The Garden Children’s Bible.
The cute Bible, featuring the International Children’s Bible (translation) is illustrated by Butch Hartman. I thought the style of art was familiar, but my son immediately recognized the work of the artist for Nickelodeon’s The Fairly Oddparents. The Bible is based on The Garden animated series, which is, of course, illustrated by Hartman.
Young scholars will open the pages of the Bible and find a letter from Butch Hartmann introducing the Bible and the colorful characters, Lenny the Lion and Lucy the Lamb. This is a pretty nifty way to introduce students to two depictions of (or names for) Christ—Lion of Judah and Lamb of God.
Inside the cheerful (front and back) cover, children (and some adults) will be delighted to find a coloring page to personalize the Bible.
Like most Zondervan Bibles, the Garden Children’s Bible is packed with features:
- Introductory letter from the illustrator (mentioned above)
- Traditional preface
- Why Should I Read the Bible (written just for the wee ones)
- Names of God chart
- Miracles of Jesus Chart
- Kids in the Bible Chart
- A list of the 100 Bible illustrations included (with page numbers)
That’s before they even start reading Scripture. Once they start reading, Lenny, Lucy, and the Boss (God) assist the Bible students through the Bible with:
- Concise introductions to each book
- Cross references
- Colorful illustrations
- Short Bible-based prayer prompts
- Comic section based on the animated series
The Bible also offers study tools made manageable for even the youngest readers:
- What God Promises feature, which encourages kids to look for other promises in Scripture
- I Can Memorize Scripture aid, which offers tips for memorizing Bible verses as well as a list of verses to memorize organized by topic.
- Topical Index
- Bible Dictionary
- Several Bible Reading Plans with check boxes so the little ones can chart their progress.
- Journaling space
I have only one problem with this adorable Bible–where was it when my son was young enough to appreciate it?
Thankfully, I have baby nieces with whom to enjoy the Bible.
I received the Bible free from the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid, but you can purchase the Bible here: Faith Gateway or here: Amazon.