Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Would a Worm Go on a Walk? -- review

When FlyBy asked if I would review this book, I was so smitten with the illustrations that I had to say yes. I don't think I even read the description of the book before responding!
Doesn't he look cute!?
It took awhile to arrive, so I'd actually forgotten about it by the time it came, but was super excited to open it and read it to the boys. The pictures are just as gorgeous as I expected!

However. The text of this book leaves something to be desired. It's an attempt at a really fun book with a good cadence to the text, but it just falls flat. The text doesn't quite rhyme and in some places, the words they use create a bit of a SoapBox in my opinion (do we really need to be telling kids that boys can't use lipstick?). I could let most of those things slide, but then there's a scripture usage error at the end! As I read through the book, I was thinking "ok, not my favorite, so it's a 'like it' book" and then with the second to the last page, the scripture error made this a "leave it" book.

If Biblical accuracy isn't your thing or important to you, I'm sure it's a fine book. But since the ending is an attempt to make a point based on scripture, it seems like the point should be a correct one, right!?
rhyming cadence
one of several "soapbox" moments
God did not say animals were "very good."
He only said that about people. There is a difference.
Overall, Leave it!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

ESV Family Devotional Bible -- a review

FlyBy asked if I was interested in reviewing the ESV Family Devotional Bible and I could barely reply fast enough to the email! However, I was immediately disappointed when I got the Bible in the mail. Let me explain that...

From the title of the book, I expected a book of devotions. That is, something like the Jesus Calling Storybook Bible where the scripture has been put into little bite sized segments which we could read over with our kids. This Bible does have those, but it is not only those. It's a few of those plus all the rest of scripture. I guess that seems like a good thing, having ALL of God's word there, but it doesn't make this product much different than the Bibles we already own and the text of the devotions is too difficult for our boys' ages (1, 3, and 5) to understand it. Plus, the pages are super thing, just like regular Bible pages, so it's not something I would want the boys to play with, either.

 Showing a devotion above and regular text on the next page below
Another devotion example

Overall, I like it. The reviews on Amazon are really good, so it must fulfill something for some families, but it's not a good fit for us. Maybe we're too young of a family, maybe we don't read the Bible aloud enough, I don't know... this will not get used in our house. I hope that by reading my review you've at least gotten more acquainted with this product and can use it to help you decide whether it would be something you family would use.