The Rhyme Bible Storybook by Linda Sattgast
Illustrated by Laurence Cleyet-Merle
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction / Religion
Ages 4 to 7
Pages: 344 Hardcover 6.5×7.8″
Date Published: December 25th, 2012
A popular storybook Bible told in rhyme with all new art throughout.
Children love the soothing sound of rhyme! And now they can enjoy thirty-five delightful, classic Bible stories retold in lilting verse and rollicking, read-aloud rhyme in this newly illustrated edition of The Rhyme Bible Storybook. From the story of creation, to the resurrection of Jesus, this is the perfect choice for parents who want to introduce their children to the Word of God. Updated with all new vivid illustrations by Laurence Cleyet-Merle, the artwork breathes new life into a previously successful storybook Bible in the popular Rhyme brand. The Rhyme Bible Storybook is certain to become a well-worn favorite!
When I first got my hands on the 1996 or 2000 edition of this Bible storybook illustrated by Toni Goffe I was in love. (My physical book says 1996, while the ISBN online shows 2000. Taking my guess from what I see in other pictures like Amazon I think the 1996 edition was about 9×7 without the white border.) When I heard it was being republished with new illustrations I was ecstatic and could not wait to see it! I am not disappointed, as a matter of fact I’m thrilled and even more in love.
For me it all started when I ended up with the toddler version by accident, also illustrated by Toni Goffe. I ended up with the toddler version by a blesseded accident as I meant to get the full version for participation in the Animal Play Curriculum for our two-year old homeschool year. I could not be more pleased in the end. The rhymes are a perfect length for my [at the time] toddler to repeat after me and really get some of the stories and learning new words. [At that time we would] start the morning with a section from the Rhyme Storybook Bible and the in the afternoon (when there is a toddler version of said verses) we read along together in a repeat-after-me fashion in the toddler version. I love this special time with her!
After realizing that I really needed the full version to go along with the curriculum I ordered myself a copy. After reading and reviewing the toddler version I knew that this would be worth every penny and I was not wrong. This [2000 edition] is bigger and thicker. There are about eight to ten lines per page as opposed to four three word phrases. It’s like taking the next step up and it’s fabulous. This will be great for years to come. [When I wrote this review in October of 2011, she would listen] to this one and doesn’t repeat the rhymes, but I think one day she’ll be ready for longer ones and this one will be perfect.
And now for this newer, 2012 edition… Right not Zondervan is on a roll with their Zonderkidz storybook Bibles all being the same size. I love it and my girls love it. While we enjoy The Rhyme Bible Storybook the copy I bought was big as I said, too big and bulky for my now preschooler to tote around and for her to snuggle with. However it was great for lap reading. Yet that is not the case with the perfectly sized 2012 edition illustrated by Laurence Cleyet-Merle! I already knew I loved the rhymes from Linda Sattgast and now that my daughter is a little older they are more appropriate for her, and she does repeat them back. 😉
The Cleyet-Merle version is not as thick as some text that took up two or three pages is now on one. But do not think that over-crowds the pages because it doesn’t at all. The 2000 version had a lot of blank empty white space so if you trimmed all that and combined some things you could see how they got to here.
Cleyet-Merle’s illustrations span the two pages open to the reader and fill the imagination with vibrant colors of bold lines for nature, animals and people. If I had to choose between these two versions I’d jump for this new one easily!
With most pages having eight lines per page and some as many as twenty this is a great way to both introduce poetry, rhythm and rhyme as well as a great way to hear and possibly memorize scripture. All around win. Here I took a few pictures of comparison with the Enginerd’s help. Click any of the gallery to see a larger image.
*Thanks to Zondervan for providing a copy for review.*
Linda Sattgast considers writing her joy. She is the author of more than 20 children’s picture books, including the Gold Medallion award-winning The Rhyme Bible. She is a homemaker and homeschooler who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children.
Laurence Cleyet-Merle lives in Marseille, France and grew up in a green countryside near Switzerland always loving to draw. You can find more about her here: http://www.laurence-cleyet-merle.com