Review: Once Upon a Time Bible & Once Upon a Time Story Book Bible

April 7, 2017

Title: Once Upon a Time Story Book Bible
Illustrated by: Omar Aranda
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Pages: 144
ISBN: 978-0-310-75792-4
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017

The Bible is not a fairy tale, but every great story happened “once upon a time.” The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible highlights powerful and inspiring stories from the Bible, beautifully illustrated with fantastical artwork by Omar Aranda. Stories include: Ruth, Abigail, Esther, The Parable of the Lost Sheep, The Prodigal Son, Mary Magdalene, and many more. Each captivating story is told in a way that will get children excited about reading the tales of real heroes of the Bible.

Title: Once Upon a Time Holy Bible
Illustrator: Omar Aranda
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Pages: 1152
ISBN: 978-0-310-75790-0
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017

The Bible is not a fairy tale, but every great story happened once upon a time. The NIrV Once Upon a Time Holy Bible contains a presentation page and also highlights six great stories from the Bible on 24 full-color inserts. Each story is told on four pages in full-color, illustrated splendor. Also contains the complete New International Reader's Version (NIrV) of the Bible.

Stories include:

God Makes Man and Woman
Isaac and Rebekah
Ruth Finds Happiness
Queen Esther
Mary and Joseph and an Angel
He Lives!
We all have our own tale to live and what better place to look for help and encouragement than the greatest story of all.
I have had the pleasure of getting to review these two similar, but different Bibles. And thankfully, I had my kiddo help me go through both of them. 

Since there are two, I was going to highlight each of them in small sections. 

Once Upon a Time Story Book Bible is a beautifully illustrated book.  The colors are vivid and the pictures are inviting and make the stories pop with the detail. The story highlighted throughout are very good and ones that everyone will know, so they are good stories to jump off with for younger kids. The stories are good for further conversations of the stories and also offer a nice visual for younger children. The kiddo and I are both visual, so the pictures were nice to look at together. 

Once Upon a Time Holy Bible was fantastic Bible. So, much so, that my kiddo has requested to use it for her Bible class in school. The illustration is similar to that in the Story Book Bible and highlights special Biblical stories, but also gives the full text which allows older kids to dive further into studying on their own. The NiRV translation is a very nice and smooth reading for kids and adults. 

There is one small downside to these Bibles. I wasn't a fan of the the fact in the Story Book Bible, it started off Once Upon a Time...and ended with, and they lived happily ever after. I wasn't a big fan of that, because, having read the Bible and knowing where we live, it isn't a happily ever after, till heaven. I was glad though, on my copy of the Bibles that is stated on the front, "The Bible is not a fairy tale." I was glad about that. Aside from that, I didn't find anything wrong with these books. 

Too Read
4 out of 5

Thank you to FlyBy Promotions and Zonderkidz, I received a copy of these books for free in exchange for an honest review.


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