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The Bible for Young Children Hardcover – June 25, 2010
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"This fully illustrated book presents nine narrative selections drawn from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Each double-page spread appears to be self-contained, but actually the stories continue through several spreads with the same title, such as 'Abraham and His Children,' 'Daniel and the Lions,' and 'The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus.' An appended page identifies the Bible verses used in each selection. The book's design is handsome, and the illustrations, created with heavy black lines and thickly layered acrylic paints, are strong and often striking. Translated from the French and 'paraphrased for young readers,' the text on each page is short, usually fewer than 50 words. Though this limits the detail and nuance in each passage, this attractive book may appeal to parents and religious teachers looking for Bible stories to share with young children."
"As in Psalms for Young Children and Animals of the Bible for Young Children, this title has a simple layout with large-print text and a thumbnail picture opposite a full-page illustration. Memorable Old Testament heroes like Noah, Abraham, and Moses appear along with key figures from the Gospel writings. The stories are paraphrased using 'language and imagery appropriate for children.' Scripture references to the full text are provided in the back of the book. Striking and atmospheric paintings are done in a palette of deep desert tones and outlined in black. The dark-skinned figures are dressed in appropriate biblical garb. The composition of the artwork echoes the straightforward writing style and enhances the inspirational messages. This book provides a fine introduction to the scripture writings and complements the earlier titles in the series."
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This story easily segues in the story of Noah: "But then people became mean, so mean that God was sorry that he had given them the world." But the story of Noah doesn't flow so smoothly into the next story: Abraham and Sarah. In fact, there is no transition at all between the two stories. Noah's story ends. Turn the page. Abraham's story begins. There is no break of any kind.
The rest of the book proceeds in this manner, running one famous Bible story into the next, mostly without transition. We learn about Jacob and the "ladder of light," baby Moses, Moses and the burning bush, God parting the sea, Moses recieving the Ten Commandments, Samuel, the annointing of David, David and Goliath, King Solomon asking for wisdom and building God's temple, Jonah, Daniel and the lions, Isaiah predicting Jesus' birth, Jesus' birth (at it's very simpliest: "This great king came - the Son of God! He was a baby, born in a stable. Mary was his mother, and he was called Jesus."), a brief explanation of Jesus choosing his diciples, the parable of the lost sheep, a brief explanation that Jesus healed people, a brief explanation that some people loved Jesus and called him the Son of God but others wanted to kill him, and a brief explanation of Jesus' death and ressurrection. The book ends:
"Jesus is alive forever!Read more ›
However, I found the text itself a bit disappointing both in form and content. First, the content. I found myself confused as to whether this was a story or a collection of isolated events. In some in instances, one narrative flowed right into the other. It read like an actual narrative. This was great but a rarity. More often, there was a major disconnect between the pages. For example, after talking about Noah's flood, which ended with, "This was God's promise that he would never, ever again destroy the earth like this," the next page begins, "Abraham and Sarah were old and they didn't [actually though, "couldn't" is more appropriate and actually part of the point of the story] have any children." How are those related? Are they? Also, the story begins with God saying "Light!" And the next page begins "God made the sky..." I felt like I was starting and stopping every page and that the book couldn't stay focused. This is representative of how the whole book reads. There has to be a better way to have the story flow and not make the reader feel like there are big gaps in the storyline.
The content itself was also a little disconcerting, but since my education and training is in Hebrew Bible, I recognize that I might just be a little too sensitive.Read more ›