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Great Stories of the Bible

Format: Hardcover

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Great Stories of the Bible is a six book treasury of level 2 Adventure Bible I Can Read titles designed for newly independent readers and is based on the Adventure Bible—the #1 Bible for kids!

Great Stories of the Bible is a six book treasury of level 2 Adventure Bible I Can Read titles designed for newly independent readers and based on the Adventure Bible—the #1 Bible for kids!

Read all about people in Bible times and their adventures in these well-known Bible stories.

This 6-book bind-up includes:

  • God’s Great Creation ISBN: 9780310732389
  • Noah’s Voyage ISBN: 9780310746836
  • Joseph the Dreamer ISBN: 9780310750840
  • Moses Leads the People ISBN: 9780310732365
  • Ruth and Naomi ISBN: 9780310746508
  • Brave Queen Esther ISBN: 9780310746669
Contributor(s) David Miles
About the Contributor(s) David Miles

Born and raised in Michigan, David spent his childhood sloshing through creek beds, climbing trees, and creating numerous baked goods.  That spirit of adventure and curiosity often finds its way into his illustrations through quirky characters and hidden surprises.  After spending a decade in Philadelphia and New York pursuing his artistic dreams, David has moved back to the familiar surroundings of Michigan.  Now, when he's not drawing and painting he still enjoys a good romp through the woods.


UPC 025986750992
ISBN-10 0310750997
ISBN-13 9780310750994
Release Date May 3, 2016
Weight (lbs) 1.4250
Height 9.25
Width 6.25
Length 192
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zonderkidz
Price $11.99
Series I Can Read! / Adventure Bible
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Fitzysmom
Overall Rating
We have beginning readers in our family so we are always on the hunt for new easy to read books to encourage their newly acquired skills. The I Can Read! line from Zonderkidz has many great selections in the different reading levels. Right now we are on level 2 which is designed for developing readers that need a little bit of help.

Great Stories of the Bible is a compilation of six I Can Read! books from the level 2 group. The six stories include: The creation story in Genesis. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego winding up in the fiery furnace. The touching story of Ruth and Naomi. An introduction to some of the miracles that Jesus preformed during His earthly ministry. The story of the prodigal son. And finally the account of the good Samaritan.

We have been using the Adventure Bible for Early Readers for our Bible time. Great Stories of the Bible uses the same art work so it is very familiar to our kids. I think that helps them commit to memory the content of the story. Another thing that I like about this book is that it gives my kids a beginning feel of chapter books. It makes me smile to see how excited they are to use a bookmark. I'm thrilled with the sense of accomplishment the kids get as they make their way through this book. They feel like they are reading a big kid book, but it is still at their reading level so they are also encouraged in their reading journey.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. (Posted on 7/18/2016)
Review by
Overall Rating
There are several books in the I Can Read! / Adventure Bible series, and Heroes of the Bible Treasury and Great Stories of the Bible are two new hardcover compilation books. Our family does not own the Adventure Bible, NIV or the Adventure Bible for Early Readers, so I cannot compare these books to those (to see if the content is duplicated). We do, however, own both the Adventure Bible for Toddlers and the Adventure Bible Storybook, and I can tell you that the wording and illustrations are not duplicated across these three editions. The books in the I Can Read! / Adventure Bible series are worded with simpler phrasing and shorter sentences than you will find in the Adventure Bible Storybook.

Great Stories of the Bible has 6 books bound together in 1 hardcover.

The 6 books in Great Stories of the Bible are:
- God's Great Creation
- Facing the Blazing Furnace
- Ruth and Naomi
- Miracles of Jesus
- A Father's Love
- The Good Samaritan

The I Can Read! / Adventure Bible series are categorized as reading level 2 ("Reading with Help") and the stories do not feel "choppy" like you might find in some learn-to-read books. In these 6-in-1 compilation books, with a retail price under $12 total (that's under $2 per book!), I find these books to be a great value.

FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 5/10/2016)
Review by samantha
Overall Rating
This 192 page hardcover book is perfect for ages 4-8 years of age. It's perfect for those beginner readers to read alone, or with a parent. The illustrations are beautifully done.

Adventure Bible: Great Stories of the Bible includes 6 books in one. The stories you'll find in this book are:
• God's Great Creation
• Facing the Blazing Furnace
• Ruth and Naomi
• Miracles of Jesus
• A Father's Love
• The Good Samaritan
At the beginning of each story, you'll find a Bible verse. Then at the end of each story, there is a page where it has People in the Bible. For Ruth and Naomi, it talks more about Ruth and Naomi and then has a "Words to Treasure" section.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion (Posted on 4/26/2016)
Review by Becky
Overall Rating
"Great Stories of the Bible" is a collection of 6 books in one, all of which can be purchased on their own. The stories are:

God's Great Creation
Facing the Blazing Furnace
Ruth and Naomi
Miracles of Jesus
A Father's Love
The Good Samaritan
I previously reviewed the last four stories as the stand alone books.

God's Great Creation:
This book tells the story of the seven days of creation through the fall of mankind and their banishment from the Garden of Eden. The illustrations were colorful and similar to colored pencil drawings. I wasn't sure why one picture has Eve with her hand in an elephants mouth, though. I liked that they didn't make the fruit on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil as an apple, but some odd fruit that sort of resembles blue pomegranates. A couple of things made me pause in this story (it says God told them to use all you see with respect. It seems a bit "mother Earth" to me. God told them to tend and keep the garden. Also, it says that angels were sent to care for the garden when Adam and Eve had to leave. The Bible says that God posted angels to guard the way into the garden, but doesn't say anything about them taking care of the garden), but overall, I liked the story. The end of the book has "People in Bible Times" about Adam and Eve and "Words to Treasure" that talks about how we don't know what type of tree the Tree of Life was (although it seems like it seems like is should be about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, since that is what they weren't supposed to eat).

Facing the Blazing Furnace:
This book starts with telling how some people in Israel worshiped other gods and that King Nebuchadnezzar captured the city and brought Jews back to Babylon and how he chose young men to work for him after being trained for three years. It then jumps to Nebuchadnezzar building the golden statue and ordering everyone to worship it when the music plays. I liked the brief synopsis that tells how Hananiah, Mishael, & Azariah (aka Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego) came to be in Babylon. The pictures were engaging and colorful. One does show Nebuchadnezzar and a worker in the doorway of the furnace which wouldn't have worked as the men who threw the three men into the furnace died from the heat coming from the furnace. The end of the book has "People in Bible Times" about Nebuchadnezzar and "Live It!" about trusting God for all things.

Ruth and Naomi:
This book is a simple retelling of the story of Ruth and Naomi from the Bible. As with other books in this series, it has bright colorful pages and easy to read sentences. The book mostly follows the Biblical account of the story with some simplification (it doesn't talk about the Kinsman redeemer aspect). There were a few things that bugged me about the book, however. First, it opens with Elimelech, Naomi, Mahlon, and Chilion pictured at home in Israel. The boys appear to be about 4-6 years old. It says that they "had to move far away". The Bible just says that they moved to Moab and I always got the impression it was a lack of faith that caused them to leave. But that could be my own opinion, I guess. But the very next page in the book mentions "one day...Naomi's husband died and later, her sons died, also". No mention of the ten years they'd been there and suddenly there are wives of the sons. It is confusing as to why there are wives when the boys seemed to be so young. I thought that would be confusing to kids. When Naomi returns to Israel, the book says she was happy to be home. The Bible seems to disagree since Naomi told everyone to call her Mara which meant "bitter" (doesn't seem to happy to me). Also the book says that Naomi was so thankful that Ruth and Boaz got married that she jumped in the air. I felt this was quite a stretch from the Biblical account. Overall, I thought the book was nice and would be good for beginner readers to be able to read stories from the Bible. I would just recommend having them read it to you so you can supplement and explain further.

Miracles of Jesus:
"Miracles of Jesus" tells about some of the miracles of Jesus. It has two chapters. The first tells the story of Jairus' Daughter. This also included the part of the story where the woman touches Jesus' robe. I found it to be Biblically accurate. The other chapter tells of the Feeding of the 5000. It also followed the true story in the Bible.The illustrations were beautiful and reminded me of colored pencil pictures. Many of the pages are completely covered with color making the book visually appealing. At the end of the book is a "Did you Know?" section that lists some more of the miracles Jesus performs and a "Words to Treasure" section that gives a Bible verse.

A Father's Love:
"A Father's Love" tells the story of the Prodigal Son. I found it to be Biblically accurate. The illustrations were beautiful and reminded me of colored pencil pictures. Many of the pages are completely covered with color making the book visually appealing. The end of the book has a "People in Bible Times" witha verse and "words to Treasure" about how God values family.

The Good Samaritan:
"The Good Samaritan" doesn't just tell the story of the Good Samaritan, but starts with Jesus teaching the people and being questioned by a "very smart man". Jesus then goes on to tell the story of the Good Samaritan. The book then ends with Jesus asking the man who the neighbor was in the story. At the end of the story, there is a "People in Bible Times" page that gives a key verse, "What is a Samaritan" and "Words to Treasure". The What is a Samaritan portion didn't really give much information. It says that a Samaritan lived in Samaria and then says that Jews and Samaritans were foreigners and didn't know much about each other, so they didn't like each other. This isn't the reason they didn't get a long at all, and I think they should have just left it out if they didn't want to mention that Jews didn't like Samaritans because they were descendants of Jews who had married Gentiles. Other than that, I liked how the book followed the Biblical account. The pictures are colorful and go along with the text well. At one point, it says the Samaritan forgot that Jews and Samaritans didn't like each other. This makes it sound like it slipped his mind rather than he chose to ignore the fact that the two groups didn't get along.

I am glad for stories that I can let my children read and know that it is teaching truth. It is a Level 2 reader which stands for "Reading with Help-high interest stories for developing readers". I think that the book should have a table of contents so that it is easier to find each individual story in the book. Even though we own more than half of the books in this collection already, it is nice to have them all in one spot. My youngest son loves being able to grab this book and being able to read through the stories with minimal help.

I received a free copy of this book to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.
(Posted on 4/20/2016)
Review by Penny
Overall Rating
“I Can Read! Adventure Bible – Heroes of the Bible Treasury” was sent to me by Zonderkidz – a division of Zondervan Publishing – free of charge, in exchange for my honest review.
This book contains six of the stories from the Adventure Bible, written for Level Two readers – those who read, but with a little help. The pictures were done by David Miles.
In this book we have, “Noah’s Voyage”, “Joseph the Dreamer”, “Moses Leads the People”, “Elijah, God’s Mighty Prophet”, “Brave Queen Esther”, and “Paul Meets Jesus”.
Each of the stories are written with large letters and contain many beautiful pictures. And, each one ends with “People in Bible Times”, which has a couple of the characters from the story and a “Did You Know?” section.
I really like this series of books because it prepares the early reader to understand and enjoy the Word of God.
I do recommend it.

(Posted on 4/14/2016)
Review by Jalynn
Overall Rating
Adventure Bible is a great series to be involved in, they have several different type of book related products. The illustrations and the writing is brilliant and I know that as a family we really enjoy their products. This is a nifty nook. It contains 6 of their level 2 books, I have listed the titles above. So instead of all of them individually on our bookshelf we have them contained all in one book. My kiddos like these better and I have to say I do too, they take up less space for one and they have all six books available at their fingertips. Written for ages 4-8 early readers that need some help-Level 2.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.
(Posted on 4/12/2016)

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