I've been working on a little project that goes along with this month's topic of the Holy Land as well as Storytelling.
Not long ago, I was in a thrift store and I found an old book tucked away on a random shelf all by itself just waiting for me to pick it up. It was an illustrated New Testament story book. I immediately recognized the illustrator--Milo Winter--and I loved the beautiful illustrations inside. The introduction was written by another familiar name--Katherine Lee Bates who wrote America the Beautiful. And then as I started to read, I knew this had to be a mother who was a master storyteller. She understood the minds of little children and engaged their imaginations and their senses and explained things that might be difficult for them to understand in simple, relatable ways. She chose the stories for little minds to grasp. And most importantly, she presented a loving and kind Friend.
I knew I wanted to share the book with you. I looked on Internet Archive, but you can only borrow the book and that version only contained about half of the 41 stories.
So I checked copyright--the book was written in 1925 which means it has recently entered the public domain. While we hope to get the text in print in the future, for now I did what I could.
We have extracted all the illustrations and put them in a printable PDF file for you to print out and I have recorded the stories for you to listen to.
These are perfect for your littles. The stories are only about 5 minutes each. And while they are listening, you can help them cut the pictures out and glue them into their own Bible story book--just like you are doing with My America Story Book. So I called it My Bible Story Book. You can just use blank sheets of paper and put them in a simple report cover. (I can't think of the name of them for some reason! You know---when you used to do reports in school and you would put them in a cover with brads inside?)
Only it will probably just be pictures. And now you have a child's first Bible story book of their very own from which they can begin to retell the story from the pictures. "Who wants to tell daddy the story tonight?" I have a feeling they will be able to do it. Bible stories are the most wonderful stories ever told and a perfect place for children to begin to learn the art of storytelling 'by heart'.
The audio story has been placed in mybelmonde.com under Holy Land Great Lives. http://www.mybelmonde.com/holy-land-great-lives.html You will find a link to the pdf pictures right there with the story. There are 45 pages. Or you can buy a packet of professionally printed images from us for $10, which includes shipping. ***NOTE--to get the free shipping, pay attention to the code you will need to enter when you order.
I acquired the Old Testament book...but that will wait for another day.
I never get tired of hearing the stories of Jesus. I hope this can be a blessing in your lives.
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