More than 10 years ago, Zondervan published a hit, The Jesus Storybook Bible. Evangelical parents began reading it to their children everyday, and kids flipped through the colorful pages looking for their favorite stories (We went through two copies of it as our first required a duck-tape binding after just a couple years.) We used it for advent one year, we used it to read the nativity on Christmas morning another year. In fact, I used in an adult Sunday school class once to cover the Old Testament book of Isaiah. The book is great, we highly recommend it.
So when I received that Sally Lloyd-Jones’ book Found, I was excited. The book is a padded hardcover board book that is a paraphrase of Psalm 23. Unfortunately, the text is all republished for the Storybook Bible itself; the content is not new. However, the art work is new and focuses on a little lamb being guided by a kind and benevolent shepherd. This makes it hard to recommend the book outside of very limited circumstances.
If you already have The Jesus Storybook Bible this would not be necessary. This book might be a nice gift to be given after a baptism or confirmation, perhaps a baby dedication if your church does that. Because it is a board book, I see its best use for young children. There are not a lot of words in it, so maybe even for kids learning to read. Either way, I don’t think this is going to be the hit that the full Storybook Bible was, but it is a nice book and I am glad to have the chance to review it.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by the publisher as part of their review program.