Thursday, September 16, 2010

my princess bible review

lilianna has so little to call her own, i was glad to receive a copy of my princess bible ($12.99).  this is a board book with 20 different rhyming stories in it.

each story tells about a woman of the Bible, describing her character qualities and traits, and relating them back to your own little girl and her desire to be a princess.  the last story comes from psalm 139 and describes how your little girl is a daughter of the King and specially loved by God.

at the end of each story is a place to fill in your daughter's name:  "lilianna is God's special princess."  another sentence follows that relates a moral from the story as a character trait of your daughter as a princess:  "lilianna is sad when she does something bad" (from the story of eve).

i have to admit i'm a little bit torn.  i recognize that girls have a fascination with princesses and i like for them to see a princess as something other than the disney version.  what i don't like is the "moral" that is pulled out of each story.  for example, the story of eve is a lot deeper and richer than feeling sad for doing something wrong.  i don't want my girls to miss out on the deeper truths of the Bible by looking for little morals from each story.  i would prefer this was called a "storybook" instead of a "Bible." 

i'm sure lilianna will enjoy the stories when we read them together.  i'm glad that she will be reminded of God's love for her.  we will be having longer conversations about what else is going on in these stories in the context of the greater message of the Bible, however.

this is a mamabuzz review.  i received a copy of this book from tyndale publishers for the purpose of this review.  the thoughts and opinions expressed here are purely my own.

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