• With the popularity of fairy tales and Disney animation, and especially with the new release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast on March 17, Zonderkidz wanted to publish a storybook Bible and full -text Bible (Holy Bible offered in hardcover, and pink leathersoft editions) that would resonate with children and families who loved those types of movies, and loved reading a great story.
  • The art will captivate Disney lovers with similar looking characters and color palettes
  • Zonderkidz wanted to capture fans of this genre, but introduce young children to the word of God, and introduce them to the great characters of the Bible. It’s important to note that this brand serves to resound the theme that the Bible is NOT a fairy tale, but every great Bible story happened once upon a time. The Bible is the ultimate Happily Ever After story!
  • What Christian parent doesn’t want to tie in Bible learning fun with what their kids already love, but also have the opportunity to teach them that the real heroes and stories of our faith come straight from God’s Word.

The Storybook Bible utilizes even more of the captivating art style and beautiful narrative to tell the major stories of the Bible (http://www.zondervan.com/once-upon-a-time-storybook-bible) , and the Holy Bible (http://www.zondervan.com/nirv-once-upon-a-time-holy-bible-hardcover & (http://www.zondervan.com/nirv-once-upon-a-time-holy-bible-imitation-leather) includes the full-text of the bestselling New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) translation, and highlights 6 great stories of the Bible in full-color tip-in pages.  (there will be 6 stories, and each story is told on 4 illustrated pages.)

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When speaking about where to buy products, please use: Bibles: “available where books are sold” and the Storybook Bible: “available at Sam’s Club or wherever books are sold.”



In Emilee’s opinion:

I loved reading Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible to my kids. The illustrations were beautiful and really captured the Bible characters. I loved that each story started with “Once Upon a Time.” Each story also gave scripture references and a “Happily Ever After” tidbit. Each story had a quick summary. We couldn’t get enough. We had to keep reading. This book even correlates to the Once Upon A Time Holy Bible. However, we read the King James Version which may be a tiny bit different from the New International Reader’s Version. I had to compare so here is a sample of a few verses,

King James Version: Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

New International Reader’s Version: Genesis 1: 1-2 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth didn’t have any shape. And it was empty. There was darkness over the surface of the waves. At that time, the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

So, the New International Reader’s Version is a simple version for children to understand as the King James Version sounds more like scripture. So it is personal preference which translation you prefer. I guess I’m used to the King James Version, however, the New International Reader’s Version would make more sense to kids. Plus, there were pictures. Overall, I was very pleased with the Storybook Bible as well as the Holy Bible.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog and offer an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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