The Early Reader's Bible is written for budding readers to read on their own, using ~250 words used in early reader books and ~200 new words including Bible vocabulary, in English. The Chinese translation is relatively simple too.
Not only are the 64 stories simple enough for little ones to understand, but they also contain enough details for age-appropriate discussions.
I especially appreciate the stimulating questions and real-life applications that help us not only be hearers but also doers.
Features that I find really helpful for every single story:
- Easy-to-read stories in simple English and Simplified Chinese over 3 pages
- Colorful and gentle illustrations
- 原文 Original passage referenced - so we can check out the adult's English or Chinese for the full and accurate passage with more details.
- 认新词 Words to Know - A short list of 1-5 new keywords to learn from the story!
问答题 Something to Ask - Reading comprehension-like questions to revisit the story and recall main points. This is fun to do with the kids after we read the story. We also use this section to recall what we learnt before.
- 思考题 Something to Do - Thought-provoking questions, to reflect on the story and encourage us to apply the lesson in our lives. Perfect for post-reading journaling too!
Note: As this bible is edited for simplicity to allow kids to understand at their level, and to give a sense of accomplishment when they read it by themselves - inevitably the stories will be slightly watered down. Our role as parents would be to observe our children and add in clarifications and details from the original passages as needed.
Recommended for Ages: 4-8
(My 5 and 7 year olds enjoy it, and I'm still learning new things in Mandarin from it in adulthood!)
Language: Bilingual - Simplified Chinese and English
As Told By: V. Gilbert Beers
Illustrated by: Terri Steiger
The two types of children's bibles I purchased were for friends who are having children soon. The bilingual children's bibles are difficult to obtain in Malaysia. I love the quality in terms of the written word, and the illustrations in these bibles. I also love the efficiency of My Story Treasury. Books were very well wrapped and secured.
I love how this Bible is bilingual, includes focal words for each chapter and questions for recapitulation and reflection. A must get for each household.