This past November Crossway published a new edition of The Big Picture Bible with 2 audio cds that give a full reading of the text. I loved the original edition so I was very excited that they were making a new edition that would include audio to accompany it.
My girls are 5 and 7 and enjoyed the recording as we listened to it in the car yesterday. The recording is made to read the story Bible while listening so it has a small bell sound after each page to signal the child to turn the page. I think this Story Bible is best for 4-6 year olds. With the audio, it would be a great nap time diversion for children who need to spend some time in their room while younger siblings nap (like mine do). The voice on the audio is very easy to listen to. At times it almost seems a little slow, but if you are reading along, it's a good tempo. We were listening to it without the book last night, so that was why it seemed a little slow with the beeps for turning the pages.
The Story Bible gives children a great view of what the Bible is all about--rather than teaching the stories from the Bible as isolated stories. It really helps children understand that the Bible is all about God's plan. A friend just mentioned to me that her pastor preached a sermon about this last week. I think it's wonderful to help children understand this at such an early age.
The other edition is still available on Amazon without the audio, but I'd really recommend getting the edition with the audio for just a few more dollars instead.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book from Crossway for review.
These are our Favorite Story Bibles Per Ages:
Ages 1-3: Read Aloud Bible Stories by Ella Lindvall (volumes 1-4)
Ages 2-4: Read and Share Bible (now in 2 volumes with DVDs)
Ages 4-6: The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm
Ages 6-10: Mighty Acts of God by Starr Meade