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Comment: Prev. owner's name inside and small damage to page 99 still readable and good. Overall very good copy. Hard cover book. Great illustrations and traditional bible tales.1990 125 pages
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Tomie DePaola's Book of Bible Stories Paperback – February 18, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

In this 128-page anthology of 37 Bible stories and prayers, dePaola wisely works from the New International Version, the contemporary translation of the Bible, to make these tales accessible to young readers. Jonah in the whale, Noah and his animal pairs headed for the ark, Moses with the burning bush: all are presented in an appealing style, with well-integrated details that enrich the telling. Those who already love dePaola and his trademark characters will be predisposed to appreciate this comprehensive collection. All ages.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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K Up-- A collection of 17 stories from the Old Testament, 15 from the New Testament, and 4 psalms. The text is from the New International Version, which is currently among the best-selling editions of the Bible and is written in clear, straightforward language. dePaola uses the text as written with some abridgement to make the stories an appropriate length. Done in his typical style, the illustrations feature stylized people and objects. His children are as winsome looking as ever, but the adults convey sincerity and trust through both facial expressions and body positions. He also makes good use of architectural and decorative detail. There are several illustrations for each story, many of which are full page, and most make dramatic use of color. The large format enhances the impact of the pictures. Like Mother Goose and fairy-tale collections, editions of Bible stories by respected illustrators abound, but this edition should find a place on most shelves as an excellent choice for family or group use as well as for independent reading. --Jane Gardner Connor, formerly at South Carolina State Library, Columbia
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 910 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (February 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698119231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698119239
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By combining the text of the NIV Bible with illustrations by Tomie De Paola, this book vividly portrays the story of Christianity from creation through the crucifixion and resurrection to the coming of the Holy Spirit. Children of all ages will be drawn to these stories with their beautifully drawn illustrations. The color, simplicity and depth in the illustrations immediately connect the text to a mental image and make the stories come alive. This is a wonderful book to give to any child.
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I've been in love with Tomie de Paola's work since I first read Stregenona. When I was searching for bibles and story books about Jesus for my son, I found this book of bible stories by Tomie de Paola and was really excited. My husband was worried the stories wouldn't be accurate, but as we read the book we were pleasantly surprised by the accurate telling of the stories of this bible paired with the gorgeous illustrations of Tomie de Paola. Great story book, I'd love to have a hardcover version. Timeless, classic, and a wonderful addition to any and every children's library.
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Wtih dePaola's beautiful, iconic illustrations, the words of the New International Version of the Bible come alive. He has taken some of the most important stories (for instance, Noah and the ark, Adam and Eve, Moses, Jesus's birth and resurrection) in the Bible and made them appealing to children. DePaola's illustrations are never "cute", never cloying, but bright, crisp, and reverent.
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I've ordered this book so many times as a gift for First Communicants. I just wish there were more editions with still more stories. I especially love that the selections are drawn from all sections of the bible, including psalms, prophecy, and epistles, as well as the well-known New Testament and Hebrew Scripture passages.
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If you haven't seen any of dePaola's work, this is a great place to begin. The Bible stories are brought to life with such Grace and creative genius. Surely God smiled as dePaola took to the drawing board.
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I don't find this to be a good book for young children. I was hoping to find an introduction to Bible stories for my kindergartner, but these stories are not distilled sufficiently to be easily understood by a young child. I found myself paraphrasing the text while reading out loud to be sure that they understand the meaning. Perhaps this book does a good job of accurately portraying Biblical verse, but I was hoping to find a book that translated Bible stories in a form that was comprehensible for young kids.
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I have always loved Tomie DePaola's books. His illustrations are timeless and unique, full of vibrant colors and inviting faces. When I discovered his Book of Bible Stories I had to purchase it for my son (and maybe a little for myself!) The stories cover both the Old and New Testament.

The stories are simple enough for young children to follow, but aren't so watered down as to miss the point, and there isn't extraneous language that detracts from the original scripture.

The real treat here are the illustrations, which are a delight to the eyes of children and adults alike. I enjoy reading this often and I think it should be a staple in any child's library.
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Nicely constructed and edited book with pictures attractive to a younger audience. Accurate and to the point but not stuffy and over a youngster's head but of course little ones will need help with the reading.
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