Alrighty, book first, or all you will ever hear from me is LifeInGeneral.
This book. Right here. Every Bible believing family with small children MUST have this book. Thanks to the lovely Miss Eva for first gifting this beautiful book. I had no idea the treasure we owned until I started reading aloud for our Little Person.
The pictures, as you can see, delight any age of reader. Akin to both pencil, pastel, and the ever-popular-with- children crayon, Back manages to give individual detail to each character, without falling into too realistic or overly cartooned.
But, the theology, folks, the theology. I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to religious books for children. Stories must remain true to the original story, with great efforts to maintain strong translations from the original language as much as possible. (4 years of Greek, 7 years of Latin, and a year of German have ruined so many typical children’s literaturefod me. Sigh. OK, not really that upset…) These standards must also include a brilliant vocabulary appropriate for the age, but also geared towards improving the working word bank of any reader. Illustrations within Christian literature face another obstacle built in to the genre: how to appropriately draw God and Christ. Some denominations have traditions about body positions, clothing, etc. Other denominations refuse to allow illustrations of either, based on the command to never make graven images. Regardless of where you fall, this book deserves your attention.
For example… I quote…
“No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It is an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne -everything- to rescue the one he loves. It’s the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life. ”
Doesn’t that just make your heart sing for joy? And you are an adult! This book is meant for children, but adults will assuredly find their father encouraged through this book.
Book. The Jesus Story Book Bible
Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Illustrated by Jago