- 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: 11.3 x 8.8 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bible Stories for Children Hardcover – September 1, 1980
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice book and it came right on time. I've given it to my Sunday School class and the children love this! A great companion for any class.Published 14 months ago by B. Apollo
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. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jackie Owens
I had purchased this book when it was newly published for the public library I worked in. When it came time for my grandchildren to have Bible stories appropriate for their ages, I... Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Sherry
Love the way the Bible stories are set up in the order of the books of the Bible. Can tell if the story is from the Old or New Testament. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Delanie Savage
Great Book for Children, the stories bring it to life and explain each Bible story so a child can understand.Published on August 2, 2013 by Elbert L Cagle