Book Review: The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers, by L.J. Sattgast
Covenant Library section: Children
Every parent should have in his or her arsenal a variety of Bible story books to establish and maintain a daily Bible reading routine. Young children need different books from those who are older. This is one that our (Van der Hoek) family used as our children’s earliest introduction to the stories of Scripture, and we love it. It got read over and over till we knew it all by heart. The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlerscontains twelve stories from the Old Testament and fourteen from the New Testament. The simple rhymes of the text are pleasing to the ear and easy for wiggly listeners or early readers to understand. Some complex stories, even the Joseph story, are admirably—and accurately—framed in concepts familiar to toddlers. For this audience, brevity is truly the soul of wit.
Of all the great rhymes in this little book, the Christmas story is one that approaches the lyrical. A talented composer could make a new carol out of it (hint, hint). The colorful and playful illustrations of Toni Goffe enhance the rhymed stories. My personal favorite is the plague of the frogs on pages 62-63. For “graduates” of this book, there is also a larger Rhyme Bible Storybook for ages 4-8 by the same author and illustrator which is not in our library collection.