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Bible Stories for Children Hardcover – September 1, 1980


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (September 1, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0025540602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0025540606
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Makes a wonderful Christmas Gift.
Thomas R Thompson
The illustrations are gorgeous muscular figures that sparked a love of illustration and art in my sister and I back in the 80s.
TxTwiggy
I had purchased this book when it was newly published for the public library I worked in.
Sherry

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Thomas R Thompson on December 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book in February, 1989 and have read it cover to cover at least six times for each of my three children. It is the best children's Bible that I have found. Children are interested as early as 3-4 and remain interested through 10-12. It is outstanding. I recommend reading from start to end, two chapters per night. It is well illustrated, Biblically sound, and well written with appropriate size print. Enjoy and God Bless. Makes a wonderful Christmas Gift.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
AGE: 6-10

FORMAT: 150+ stories retold on 2-8 lavishly illustrated pages each.

FAITHFULNESS: This is a definite retelling, with considerable elaborations which are at times rather nonsensical. (For example in the tower of Babel story, "If a workman asked for bricks, his helper gave him mortar." Huh?) In addition, there are occasional weird editorializations and unorthodox interpretations applied to a few stories. For example, the authors express some doubt about the possibility of demonic possession, meaning that they think Jesus' miracle with the herd of pigs...wasn't. I prefer closer readings of the text, leaving any interpreation up to the parent--or at least faithfully following SOME orthodox theology instead of randomly picking and choosing! Fortunately, fewer than 10% of stories have this kind of problem. There is also a small amount of whitewashing.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The gouache illustrations are lavish and gorgeous. There are a few just plain bizarre choices--like making North African Egyptian black!--but the paintings are beautiful and add much to the stories.

USEFULNESS: This is a very useful version with some caveats when it comes to the writers' idiosyncratic interpretations and editorializations of a few stories. Good for stories but not an appropriate source for devotionals. To be enjoyed with some caution.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tracy A. Lundeen on November 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my son who made his first Communion. It is an excellent book. All the best stories of the Bible are in this book. The kids are actually intrested in it! How better to learn about Jesus and the Old Testament than reading this book. We love it and I am thinking about buying it for my religious Education class for a Christmas gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grandma C on May 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I very much like the philosophy behind the retelling of these Bible stories which are "geared to the level of the young child" while "adhering closely to the flow and language of the biblical text". What spoils this book as a gift for a young child, as I had intended, is that I find the illustrations too often ominous, with dark, intense colors. The human figures are heavy-limbed and often elderly, angry or anguished, and there are many crowd scenes. According to the introduction, "These are pictures that will stay in the reader's mind throughout his life." But the illustration, as an example, of Daniel being thrown into the lion's den shows snarling lions, teeth bared, in the foreground, with soldiers about to roll a stone across the remaining light of the mouth of the cave above. The story of Daniel in the Lion's Den which I retain in my head from childhood is one of David standing calmly among the pacified lions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RufusAndLola on December 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read this while growing up with my parents and younger brother (in the 80s), and I was utterly mesmerized by the illustrations and retelling of Bible stories. We read it over. and over. and over. I truly think that most of the pictures in my mind of the accounts that take place in the bible come from these illustrations. It was also the impetus for many theological conversations around the living room. Very formative for me.

I am now 30 and pregnant with my first baby. This is the first book I searched for to add to the baby registry, and I am THRILLED to find it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Salazar on September 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My husband had this book as a child and wanted to get it for our children. Beautiful illustrations and perfect for reading the Bible with your children.
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This book was in very good condition I had not noticed that it was a large book hard back. But it is much more than I had expected for the price. will order from this place again .
This book is for an unexpected new grand child. My sons firs tchild after a marrage of 13 yrs thinking that they would not have any are very excited and she reads to the baby now even though it is not due untill Nov . Again I can't thank you enough
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Format: Hardcover
This was my book in the 80's, and I was thrilled to see it on amazon. My kids love the retold stories and illustrations, and I love that the Old Testament stories are presented "warts and all".... not many heroic figures, just the flawed confused people who needed God so much that he sent his Son to redeem them. The illustrations are gorgeous muscular figures that sparked a love of illustration and art in my sister and I back in the 80s. Hopefully, it will do the same for my kids.
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