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December 13, 2013

The Catholic Children’s Bible

The Bible Today, July 2013

This is not a collection of favorite Bible stories, but a complete Bible, the Good News Translation.  Still, many of the well-known Bible stories are highlighted and given added attention when they appear in the text.  For example, in Exodus 12 the feast of Passover is further explained.  Here the children are invited to think of times when they have been saved, and then they are encouraged to act out the biblical scene.  The pages are well laid out with large print and adequate spacing.  Age-appropriate pictures are placed throughout the book.  Colored tabs help to locate the various biblical books.  In lieu of footnotes an asterisk appears after some versus, indicating that more information can be found in the Appendix at the end of the book.  There one also finds a Bible Time Line, helpful maps, and aspects of Catholic culture such as the list of corporal and spiritual works of mercy, basic prayers, an explanation of the rosary, and a list of biblical passages for “special times.”  This is a fine resource for children.