My parents had a set (10 volumes) of "The Bible Story", in our bookshelf at home. I cannot count the times I took down a volume just to look at the pictures. The pictures, which are for the most part excellent, and some works of art, speak as loud as the words, and will spark discussions with your children.
There are 10 volumes in the set (mine are hardbound), and each volume covers a particular epoch of the Bible. Starting with Volume 7, the Life of Christ is depicted. Volume 10 covers the Second Coming and Revelation. The set is truly a masterpiece of literature for children, for the stories are simple to understand and the pictures add to the narrative immensely. There has been nothing to compare to these volumes since they were published.
Some reviewers have been critical of this series as it fails to tell the "whole story" or has a definite slant in terms of religious philosophy. I disagree strongly. The series was written for children. Children are not ready for all the grit and tragedy that is in our Holy Book. The book series is not meant to be a comprehensive "tell-all" of each Bible story. Rather, the books lay out the backbone outline of the Bible story. It lays a foundation for future study. As far as religious slant, my opinion is that these books are very generic in presenting the story of Christian faith. I do not see a slant to any particular religion or belief.
If you have children and want to teach them the basics of the Bible, then these volumes are priceless in introducing your youngsters to the faith. I cannot sing their praises enough.
When I was growing up in the late 1960's this set of books was in our family physicians office, dentist office and hospital lobby. I LOVED looking at and reading these books! I actually looked forward to going to the dentist/doctor so I could read these books. The series tells the story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in story form. For each story there is a beautiful piece of artwork which accompanies it. This series of books played a very important part in my life as a young child. Arthur Maxwell also authored "Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories" which taught morals/values in a child friendly format. These books are great for family devotionals.
First off, let me say that contrary to several negative remarks made here as to the biblical veracity of these books, I have personally found "The Bible Story" series to be very responsible in portraying the authentic stories found in the Bible. Each chapter includes the Bible books, chapters and verses from which the story is taken, as well as many quotations throughout the story itself and appropriate footnotes at the end.
My girls, ages 5 and 8 are riveted by the stories and beautiful pictures (the paper and binding quality is first class and the illustrations are truly works of art). This is our second reading of these books and the girls can't get enough, always asking for "just one more story!" They ask such amazing questions about God, human destiny, evil, the afterlife, etc. that shows the stories are sinking in. Many stories also include a moral application at the end, encouraging the children to draw strength from the story for their lives.
I must warn that these books will not hold the attention span of most active preschoolers, at least our 2.5 year old boy has a hard time focusing. Also, these books are NOT a replacement for the Bible. I encourage my 8-year-old to read her kids' Study Bible regularly for personal devotions; but for family time, "The Bible Story" series has been a true heaven sent for our family. I highly recommend this for yours too!
My father bought this set of books for our family when I was very young, and my brother and I must have read them all a hundred times. The wonderful stories, simply and movingly told, along with the beautiful illustrations, entertained us and touched us in a way that made us want to know more. I would recommend this set to anyone, child or adult, as an aid to teaching the bible stories.
From my earliest childhood memories, this set of books were always in some doctor's or dentist's waiting room. It even seemed every other friend's home I visited had a set of them. Before ever finding courage to read the Bible, I was always willing to pick up one of these colorful and interesting volumes, while waiting for an appointment. Not just for children but the entire family. An excellent introduction to the Book of Books, the Bible.
I practiced law as an Oregon Attorney 1986-1998, social work prior. The year 1984-1985, fresh out of a divorce I sold these and other Christian books in Washington State and Missouri.
We were very well equipped with bonafide letters praising these books from top ministers of each and every Christian Denomination:Roman Catholic priests, Methodists, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Pentecostal Ministers (even Amish), (maybe not Mormons and Jehovah Witness). This family set follows the bible to the letter and not in any way with a pre-determined bias. (NOT doctrinal). Nothing in them was ever written or determined by Ellen White (who died about 50 years)before they were written. It might also be of note that she never called herself a Adventist prophetess, but said she had no quarrel with those who did. For those who never heard of her, she was the most prolific woman writer in US History and had mush to do with founding Battle Creek Sanitarium and Hospital, Loma Linda University Hospital and its Reknowned Medical School, and a total of 14 Universities and Colleges in the US and Canada. (She did write a set of adult books also known as thy "Conflict of the Ages" which Pacific Press publishes with similar covers to match the Bible Story books, such as her reknowned book "the Desire of Ages"