Some time ago (and I’m embarrassed to say how long, because it’s been TOO long), I received a copy of the Read and Share DVD Bible Volume 1 from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was asked to watch it (which I did, along with my youngest son, L), and to share our honest opinions.
The Read and Share DVD Bible is a collection of 13 Bible stories, told through animation and quite a bit of narration. The stories are drawn from both the Old and New Testaments and each story is approximately three minutes long. The Bible accounts are presented clearly and gently, easy for kids to understand and follow along.
To be honest, L(age 4) had very little interest in this DVD at first. The animation is cute and colorful, but is not as “advanced” as that in many other children’s DVDs. And though the stories are acted out, the action is very calm and simple. In addition, though L loves when I read to him, he wasn’t used to DVDs that rely so much on narration. Personally, I didn’t find anything wrong with animation or presentation, but it just didn’t hold his attention as much as some other DVDs, such as the Veggie Tales line.
However, as L has gotten older, he’s been enjoying the DVD more and more. Just the other day, we were watching it together and he was asking me for more specifics about some of the Bible stories. At age 4.5, he pays attention for the entire DVD and enjoys all the segments.
Chad and I currently teach the four-year-olds at our church and I could see this DVD being very useful in a Sunday School setting. The short segments would be perfect for illustrating individual Bible stories and would be just the right length for a group of preschoolers. I think younger kids would struggle to feel engaged by this DVD, but kids age 4-6 would be perfect. At home, the Read and Share DVD Bible would make a nice supplement to family Bible reading.
I see that since we first received this DVD, Thomas Nelson has re-done the series, so if you’re interested in checking out the Read and Share Bible DVDs, you might want to start with Read and Share: The Ultimate DVD Bible Storybook – Volume 1, which includes both a book and a DVD and covers more than 100 Bible stories.