I love stories that start with Once Upon a Time….and so do my kids. It’s amazing to watch word pictures dance through their heads as we read about stories that happened a long time ago and end with Happily Ever After – because honestly, I believe in happily ever after and I want my kids to believe in it too!
Disclaimer: we received copies of the the below Bibles in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own. The End.
Zondervan has recently released 2 new Bible editions titled Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible and Once Upon a Time NIrV Bible and we were able to review both of them. After all, while the Bible is NOT a fairy tale, the stories did happen Once Upon a Time….and the Bible is the ultimate Happily Ever After with the promise of eternal life with Jesus!
Thoughts on Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible:
Bella and Sam reviewed this title, because it was age appropriate for both of them. The text is fantastic for beginning readers, and the color illustrations are engaging and fun for little ones. Sam loved all the colors and listening to the stories. He found the pictures of Jesus right away and we had to search through the New Testament for pictures Mary, Jesus’ mother because Sam wanted to know what she looked like. Listening to my three year old recount the Nativity story in his little voice was precious and priceless to me!
Bella really, really enjoyed the Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible. She is just now starting to be comfortable with reading, so while I ended up doing most of the reading together, she also was happy to pick up the Bible and flip through it to see the illustrations. I love that she is being intentional about looking through God’s word!
I loved the test size, the color illustrations and the weight of the pages. They aren’t the typical flimsy Bible pages, but sturdy pages that will be able to take the love only a toddler can give a book. The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible is NOT a full Bible from Genesis to Revelation, instead the Bible narrates Biblical stories in easy and concise words designed to keep your little ones engaged and listening.
Thoughts about Once Upon a Time NIrV Bible:
I had Sophie review this Bible, and she loved it. I think a huge draw for her was the sparkly cover (hey – she is my girly girl!) and bright colors – but the cover is not a typical *baby* cover (her words) but a cover that would be more fitting for an older elementary school student.
This is a standard NIrV Bible that narrates from Genesis to Revelation. There is a short dictionary in the back of the Bible to help with some unknown words and a listing of Great Bible Stories and the book/pages they can be found on. Sophie really liked this feature because we are still learning the books of the Bible, so if she wanted to read about Queen Ester she just looked up the story and found where it was in the Bible. For her, this really makes this Bible very user friendly!
Inside the Once Upon a Time NIrV Bible are 6 stories that are highlighted with full color inserts on heavy weight pages. Much to my daughter’s delight Esther’s story was among them! Also included are: Adam and Eve; Issac and Rebekah; Ruth (my favorite story!); Mary’s Story and the Resurrection Story.
My Thoughts about Once Upon a Time Storybook & NIrV Bibles:
I really, really like them. We have a few bibles to choose from, but I can see the appeal of the Once Upon a Time. Let’s face it, Disney is huge and most kids have grown up on the phrase *once upon a time* – and I think using that phrase is a great way to introduce Biblical stories. However, as parents we need to be careful to tell our children that unlike fairy tales, these Bible Stories are real accounts of what happened long ago and to make sure they understand the distinction!
Easter is a great time to add a new Bible or a beginners Bible to your collection! You can find the Once Upon a Time Storybook NIrV Bible available where books are sold; an” and the Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible available at Sam’s Club or wherever books are sold.