The Play Along Bible by Bob Hartman and illustrated by Susie Poole is a storybook that gives parents, caregivers, school teachers, and Sunday School teachers a fun approach to teaching little ones stories found in the Word of God. Children learn best by play ( I know mine do), so it make sense that this book would be well received! It’s all about actions of ones body from their hands to their toes, stressing certain words with vocal phrases, and working it up with many different facial expressions. It’s not in one ear and out the other as children are encouraged to participate themselves instead of just watching, listening, or reading the book themselves! This book offers a wonderful way to learn and remember these Biblical stories vital to ones faith in God!
I would peg this book to be best suited for children ages 2-5 years old. The stories are quite short. Each story begins with a title are followed by where in scripture it can be found and then the story broken down in simple verse with the play actions in colons. The illustrations by Susie Poole are very colorful and eye capturing. Aside from the 50 stories, there’s a page in the back that features special Bible verses to remember. You can’t start teaching little ones to take the scriptures to heart soon enough. It’s certainly been one of my favorite additions.
This book is a bit beyond my oldest child (age 7) but I plan on using it with my two youngest. I certainly recommend it!