It's a thrill for parents to give their child his or her first Bible, but how do you choose the right one?
Look no further; here's the perfect first Bible for very young children. This read-aloud book will give your children an unforgettable introduction to the Bible, helping them along with simple language and engaging illustrations. The Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes has been a favorite of families for more than forty-five years. It has sold over 1.5 million copies in more than 70 languages since its release in 1956. This updated version of the classic, for children 4–7, features completely new illustrations by Annabel Spenceley and simple sentence prayers to end each story.
About the Author
KENNETH N. TAYLOR was the founder of Tyndale House Publishers and the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA). With 10 children and more than 25 grandchildren, he had ample experience in teaching children about the Bible. Kenneth is the author of The Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes, Devotions for the Childrens House, and Big Thoughts for Little People, as well as the best-selling Living Bible paraphrase. His desire was to see more and more easy-to-read, understandable, contemporary versions of the Bible in hundreds of languages overseas.
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The New BIBLE In Pictures for Little Eyes
By Kenneth N. Taylor
MOODY PRESSCopyright © 2002 Kenneth N. Taylor
All right reserved.
Chapter OneGod Makes the World
WHEN IT IS NIGHTTIME and the lights are out you know how dark everything gets. You can't see anything. That is how all the world once was. There were no pretty flowers; there were no trees or grass or birds. There were no children either. There was only darkness. God did not want everything to be all dark. He decided to make some people. People could not live in the darkness so God made a beautiful world full of light. Genesis 1:2-5
Let's find out!
* Can you see anything at night
* Did God want everything to be all dark?
Everyone Is Happy
THIS IS THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD GOD MADE. How different it is from the cold, dark picture we looked at before! Now the world is warm and bright and pleasant. The animals are playing and everyone is happy. God has made all these things and all of them are very good but there are no people anywhere. God has not made any people. All the pretty things are here but there are no people to enjoy them, so God will make some people to live here. Genesis 1:1
Let's find out!
* Can you see a lion in this picture?
* Can you see any people?
* Did God decide to make some people?
I like the beautiful world You made, Lord. Thank You for it.
God Makes Adam and Eve
THESE ARE THE PEOPLE GOD MADE. Can you see them in the picture? They are behind the flowers in the middle of the picture. Can you point to them? The man's name is Adam. The lady's name is Eve. Adam and Eve did not have a mother and father. God made Adam out of dust from the ground, and then He made Eve. God made them happy and good. They love God and God loves them. In the picture you see them looking up toward God. No wonder they are so happy. Genesis 2:7-9
Let's find out!
* What is the man's name?
* What is the lady's name?
* Who made Adam and Eve?
I'm happy, too, Lord Jesus. I'm happy that You love me.
Adam and Eve Disobey God
ADAM AND EVE ARE NOT HAPPY NOW. Do you know why they are so sad? It is because they have been bad. They did something God told them not to do. God told them they could eat anything except the fruit from one tree. God told them not to eat that one kind but they could eat all the other kinds. The tree was so pretty and the fruit on it looked so nice that Eve wanted to eat it, but God said, "No." Then Satan, who is God's enemy, told Eve to eat it even if God said not to. Eve took the fruit and ate some of it; then she gave some to Adam and he ate it too. Now God is punishing Adam and Eve. He is sending them out of the beautiful garden and they can never come back again. Genesis 3:8-13
Let's find out!
* Who are these two people?
* Where are they going?
* Why can't they stay in the garden?
Lord, sometimes I do bad things, too, and I'm sorry.
Cain Kills Abel
THESE TWO MEN WERE ADAM AND EVE'S CHILDREN. See how big and strong they are! Once they were little children, but now they have grown up. Do you see the one with the lamb? His name is Abel. His brother's name is Cain. He is bringing some stalks of grain to give to God. Abel is giving God a lamb. God accepted Abel and his lamb, but He did not accept Cain and the grain he brought. This made Cain angry. He was so angry and jealous and mean that one day Cain said to his brother, "Let's go out and walk in the field." While they were together there in the field, Cain killed Abel. God will punish Cain for killing Abel. Cain killed his brother Abel because he was angry at God. What a terrible thing to do! Genesis 4:8-13
Let's find out!
* Which of these two men is Abel?
* Which is Cain?
* Why was Cain angry?
Help me, Father God, to do the things that make You happy.
Noah Builds a Big Boat
THIS MAN'S NAME IS NOAH. Can you say his name? I am glad to say that this man loves God very much. He wants to do whatever God tells him to do. He is a good man. God has told him to build a big boat. It is so big that it takes him a long, long time to build it. Can you see the big boat he is building? See how hard he and his sons are working! They are working so hard because God has told him to build the boat and he is happy to do whatever God says. Do you know why God wants Noah to have a boat? It is because God is going to send so much rain that all the ground and the houses will be covered with water, and if he does not have a boat he will die. The waters would go over his head and he would drown, but if he is in the boat he will be safe and dry. God is going to take care of Noah and his family and keep them safe and dry. Genesis 6:13-22
Let's find out!
* What is this man's name?
* Why is he building the big boat?
The Animals Go into the Boat
AT LAST NOAH'S BOAT IS ALL FINISHED. Can you see the boat in the picture? It is away in the back, over by the sun. See how nice the boat looks! Now it is time for Noah and his family to go into the boat. God tells Noah to take a mother and daddy lion with him into the boat. He tells him to take a mother and daddy bear too. A mother and daddy of every kind of animal are going into the boat because that is what God said. In the picture you can see all the animals going into the boat. Maybe all the other people laughed at Noah for believing that God would make it rain so hard, but Noah didn't care. He believed God and got into the boat. Then God sent the rain. Genesis 7:6-17
Let's find out!
* Where are all the animals going?
* Who told the animals to get into the boat?
* Why did God want the animals in the boat?
Noah obeyed You; the animals obeyed You; help me to obey You.
It Rains for Days and Days
AFTER NOAH AND HIS FAMILY and the animals all went into the boat God sent the rain. It rained and rained, all day and all night, and for many days and nights. Down and down the rain came until all the flowers and bushes were covered up with water; soon all the houses and trees and people were covered up with the water too. Noah and his family are safe in the boat where God is taking care of them. The animals are safe too. The bird you can see in the picture is a dove that was inside the boat. Noah let it go out to see if it could find a home, but now it is coming back to the boat because of the water. Genesis 8:8,9
Let's find out!
* Where are the flowers and houses?
* Where is Noah and his family?
* Where are all the other people in the world?
Thank You, Lord God, that You take good care of Your people.
Excerpted from The New BIBLE In Pictures for Little Eyes by Kenneth N. Taylor Copyright © 2002 by Kenneth N. Taylor
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Table of Contents
ContentsOLD TESTAMENTGod Makes the World / 14Everyone is Happy / 16God Makes Adam and Eve / 18Adam and Eve Disobey God / 20Cain Kills Abel / 22Noah Builds a Big Boat / 24The Animals Go into the Boat / 26It Rains for Days and Days / 28Noah and His Family Are Safe / 30Proud Men Build the Tower of Babel / 32Abraham Is God's Friend / 34God Gives Abraham the Best / 36God Promises Abraham a Son / 38Three Men from Heaven / 40God Tests Abraham's Love / 42Rebekah Says She Will Be Isaac's Wife / 44Isaac meets Rebekah / 46Jacob Lies to His Father / 48Jacob Dreams of a Ladder with Angels / 50Jacob Meets Rachel and They Get Married / 52Jacob Wrestles with an Angel / 54Esau Forgives Jacob / 56Joseph Has a Special Coat of Many Colors / 58Joseph Goes to Find the Sheep and His Brothers / 60The Bad Brothers Sell Joseph / 62Joseph Now Works in Another Country / 64God Takes Care of Joseph in Prison / 66Joseph and the King's Dream / 68Everyone Must Obey Joseph / 70Joseph Helps His Brothers / 72Joseph Takes Care of His Brothers / 74Jacob Blesses Joseph's Two Sons / 76The People of Israel Need Help / 78Baby Moses / 80The King's Daughter Takes Moses Home / 82God Speaks to Moses from the Burning Bush / 84Moses and Aaron Warn the Bad King / 86The People Mark Their Doors With Blood / 88The King Is Very Sorry He Hurt God's People / 90God's People Begin Their Long Journey / 92God Makes a Path through the Water / 94The Soldiers Are Drowned / 96God Feeds the People of Israel / 98Water Flows from the Rock / 100God Gives the Ten Commandments to Moses / 102The People Pray to a Golden Calf / 104Moses Talks to God / 106The People Bring Gifts to Help Build God's House / 108God Watches over His Housse at Night / 110The People Forget that God Cares for Them / 112God Is Angry / 114The Snake of Brass / 116God Makes the Donkey Talk / 118Joshua Becomes the New Leader / 120Safe in the City / 122Learning about God / 124Bringing Gifts to God / 126Moses Sees the Promised Land / 128Joshua's Men Are Helped by the Lady / 130God Makes the River Stop Flowing / 132The Walls Fall Down / 134God Keeps the Sun From Setting / 136Gideon Chooses His Helpers / 138Samson Carries the City Doors Away / 140Samson Pulls Down the House / 142Ruth Goes Away with Her Mother-in-Law / 144Ruth Works Hard / 146Hannah Prays for a Baby / 148God Answers Hannah's Prayer / 150Samuel Hears God Talking to Him / 152The Messenger Tells Eli Some Bad News / 154Saul Is Chosen to Be King / 156David the Shepherd / 158David Sings to God / 160David Kills Goliath / 162David and Jonathan / 164David Finds Saul Asleep / 166King David / 168The Golden Ark Is Brought Home / 170God Sends Nathan to David / 172Absalom Gets Caught / 174Solomon Is a Wise King / 176Solomon Builds a New House for God / 178Solomon Gives Thanks / 180Solomon Prays to an Idol / 182The Birds Bring Food to Elijah / 184The Little Boy Is Brought to Life / 186Elijah's Fire Is Lit By God / 188The Chariot Takes Elijah to Heaven / 190The Oil Jar Never Gets Empty / 192The Sick Man Looks for Elisha / 194The Man Is Made Well / 196Elisha Watches the Angels / 198The Little Boy Is King / 200Hezekiah Asks God to Help Him / 202Josiah Reads God's Book / 204The Men Are Sorry for Doing Wrong / 206Whatever Happens, Job Still Loves God / 208Job Is Now Well and Happy Again / 210Isaiah the Prophet / 212God Will Make Everything Happy / 214Jeremiah Is Tied Up / 216God Speaks to Jeremiah / 218The King Is Angry / 220God's People Are Taken Away / 222Jonah Runs Away / 224Swallowed by a Big Fish / 226Jonah Preaches in Ninevah / 228Daniel and the King's Food / 230The Hand Writes on the Wall / 232The Men Watch Daniel Praying / 234Daniel Is Put with the Lions / 236NEW TESTAMENTAngels Tell of Jesus' Birth / 240Shepherds Visit Baby Jesus / 242Wise Men Follow the Star / 244Wise Men Give Their Gifts / 246Simeon Holds Baby Jesus / 248Jesus Visits the Temple / 250John Baptizes Jesus / 252Jesus Says 'No' to Satan / 254Jesus Chooses His Helpers / 256Jesus Changes Water to Wine / 258Men Buy and Sell in God's House / 260Peter Catches Many Fish / 262Men Bring a Sick Friend to Jesus / 264Nicodemus Talks to Jesus / 266A Little Boy Is Well Again / 268Jesus Teaches the People / 270Two Men Build Houses / 272Jesus Makes a Dead Man Live / 274Jesus Stops a Storm / 276Jesus Makes a Dead Girl Live / 278A Blind Man Sees Again / 280A Man Is a Good Neighbor / 282Mary Listens to Jesus Teach / 284Jesus Talks with Bad Leaders / 286A Rich Farmer Forgets God / 288Jesus Teaches about God's Care / 290A Man Plants Seed / 292A Boy Shares His Bread and Fish / 294Jesus Walks on the Water / 296Jesus' Clothes Are Shiny / 298Jesus Makes Lazarus Live / 300Jesus Loves Children / 302Jesus Cries about a City / 304A Shepherd Finds His Lost Sheep / 306Perfume for Jesus / 308A Boy Goes Away from Home / 310A Boy Goes Back to His Father / 312One Man Thanks Jesus / 314They Lost Their Chance / 316A Poor Woman Gives to God / 318Jesus Rides into the City / 320Jesus Tells What Will Happen to Him / 322A Great Dinner / 324Jesus Talks About Loving God / 326Jesus Eats His Last Supper / 328Jesus Teaches about Heaven / 330Jesus Prays in the Garden / 332Judas Shows Where Jesus Is / 334Peter Tells a Lie / 336Pilate Listens to the People / 338Jesus is Put on the Cross / 340Jesus is Dead / 342Jesus is Alive Again / 344Jesus' Friends See Him / 346Peter and John Run to the Grave / 348The Grave Is Empty / 350Jesus Walks with Two Friends / 352Jesus Shows His Hands and Feet / 354Jesus Goes Back to Heaven / 356The Holy Spirit Comes / 358Peter Preaches about Jesus / 360 A Lame Man Walks / 362Peter and John Will Obey God / 364Ananias Lies to God / 366God's Angel Helps Peter / 368Stephen Goes to Heaven / 370Philip Explains God's Book / 372Paul Hurts God's People / 374Paul Hears Jesus' Voice / 376Friends Help Paul Get Away / 378Paul and Silas Are in Jail / 380Paul Is Safe in the Storm / 382