Friday, January 2, 2015

Book Review :: Adventure Bible - I Can Read!: A Father's Love and Miracles of Jesus, illustrated by David Miles

There are several books in the I Can Read! / Adventure Bible series, and A Father's Love and Miracles of Jesus are two of the newest releases. Our family does not own the Adventure Bible, NIV or the Adventure Bible for Early Readers, so I cannot compare these books to those (to see if the content is duplicated). We do, however, own both the Adventure Bible for Toddlers and the Adventure Bible Storybook, and I can tell you that the wording and illustrations are not duplicated across these three editions. The books in the I Can Read! / Adventure Bible series are worded with simpler phrasing and shorter sentences than you will find in the Adventure Bible Storybook.

A Father's Love is a re-telling of the parable of the lost son/prodigal son. This parable can be found in the Bible in  Luke 15:11-32. The re-telling of this story is done well, is easy to understand, and is accompanied by big, colorful illustrations.

At the end of A Father's Love is a page containing "People in Bible Times" (which has an illustration of the father and his two sons accompanied by Luke 15:32) and "Words to Treasure" (which in this book calls to mind how much God treasures the family relationship).

Miracles of Jesus is a re-telling of Jesus raising Jairus' dead daughter, healing a sick woman, and the feeding of the five thousand. Jesus raising Jairus' dead daughter and healing a sick woman can be found in the Bible in Mark 5:21-43 (also found in Luke 8:40-56) and the feeding of the five thousand can be found in Matthew 14:13-21 (also found in Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, and John 6:1-13). The re-telling of these stories are done well, are easy to understand, and are accompanied by big, colorful illustrations. Although there are two sections in this book (one telling of Jairus' daughter and the sick woman, and the other telling of the feeding of five thousand), they are joined to make the reading flow well. 

At the end of Miracles of Jesus is a page containing "Did You Know?" (which gives a general overview of Jesus' miracles found in the Bible) and "Words to Treasure" (quoted from Luke 8:50).

The I Can Read! / Adventure Bible series are categorized as reading level 2 ("Reading with Help") and the stories do not feel "choppy" like you might find in some learn-to-read books. With a retail price under $4 per book, I find these books to be a great value.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

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