- 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 (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,112 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
A little bit blurred on the print on some pages. Not a book that draws you to turn more pages as it's not as colourful as I expected.Published 5 months ago by Zan
Beautiful illustrations for children. Stories told in interesting ways. A great book for all children.Published 6 months ago by MCPAST
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 20 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 on June 16, 2014 by Jackie Owens