Saturday, January 12, 2013

Children's Corner: My Baptism Bible

Today, I am reviewing My Baptism Bible Catholic Edition that was sent to me by Pauline Books and Media. I figured this would be a fitting time to review it as tomorrow is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. This Bible's stories and prayers are by Jan Godfrey with illustrations by Paola Bertolini Grudina.

This Bible is intended for children up to the age of 4, but it is one that you will want to hold and read to them as the pages could be ripped. I understand that pages get ripped in children's books, but this Bible is something you want them to have when they are adults as it also contains pages in it that you typically find in a baby book, including baby stats such as DOB, length, and weight; a family tree; and baby milestones like first tooth or first word.

There are over 60 stories in this Bible with about 1/3 being Old Testament and the other 2/3 being New Testament. The fact that there are this many stories in the Bible means you have enough choices to read to your child that they will not hear the same story in a 2 month span. You will find old faithful stories, such as Creation, Noah's Ark, and Jonah and the whale, but also be surprised at some of the stories that you wouldn't think to include in a children's Bible like Ruth or Gideon.

I was pleased to find that My Baptism Bible didn't shy away from the Crucifixion. No, the story won't make complete sense to a 4 year old, but it is a part of our faith and a story that they should be familiar with even on the most basic level. At the end of this book, you will find prayers to teach your child(ren) including the Our Father and Hail Mary, but also bedtime prayers if you choose to use this Bible to read to your children before you go to sleep.

This is a 5 star Bible that, as the name indicates, makes a great Baptism gift. I intend to give it to my firstborn son for his Baptism and read it to him all the time. If godparents are looking for a gift for their godchild, this would be it. Catholics have a reputation, perhaps deservedly so, that we don't know the Bible well. Let's reverse this trend by starting with our kids and reading the Bible to them daily. It will be beneficial for both their soul and ours.