When I received a copy of 101 Color & Sing Bible Stories, I wasn't overly enthusiastic. Still, I vowed to give it a chance and keep an open mind.
This Bible storybook is a bit different than others I've browsed. Through the use of two accompanying CDs, this book incorporates book, coloring pages, and music -- all things small children love!
- hardcover (which means a stitched binding to withstand the rigors of harsh handling)
- 2 CDs with a song and a coloring page for each story
- 66 original songs by Stephen Elkins
- 14 traditional hymns including some Christmas carols
- 21 familiar Bible songs
- lyrics for all the songs are available here
- song track numbers (and which CD) are printed right on the story page
I have to say, these are some pretty impressive features! And I know for certain my kids will enjoy the coloring pages and songs (even the 7 year old!). If I were teaching Sunday School or VBS or a backyard Bible study for kids, this book would be a tremendous resource. In fact, for preschool, you really wouldn't need anything else (other than crayons, a printer, and a CD player).
I accessed the songs and printables on both PC and Mac with no problems at all.
The description on Tyndale's website says that each coloring sheet includes a key Bible verse that can be colored along with the picture; unfortunately, that is not the case. The pictures for coloring do not include any words at all. If you were intending this for preschool children, no Bible verses is not really a big deal since they can't read anyway; but if you were planning to use the pages with older kids, it's a bit of a problem. I'd have really liked to see the Bible verses included as the description states.
If you're in the market for a Bible storybook, this one is as good as (possibly even better than) any I've seen on the market today. The 101 well-done songs alone are worth the price tag!
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