Decorative Romanesque-inspired illustrations illuminate familiar Bible stories in a masterful blend of art and idea. DePaola uses soft, chalklike colors and repetitive geometric shapes to create a rich and satisfying tapestry. The rhythm of waves, wind, fabric folds, and rich patterns of leaves, animals, and people provide a feast for the eyes. In Miracles, a double-page layout is used for each story, creating a unit with a distinct mood and thought. ""The Wedding at Cana,"" ""The Ten Lepers,"" and ""The Loaves and Fishes"" are among the 12 miracles adapted from the New Testament. Parables presents 17 brief stories, including ""The Good Samaritan,"" ""The Prodigal Son,"" and ""The Mustard Seed."" Children without exposure to Bible stories may have difficulty with the vocabulary: Pharisee, publican, leaven, sower. The illustrations are more complex, often several to a page, and require careful reading, Sometimes in sequences from left to right or top to bottom. In ""The Laborers in the Vineyard,"" the scenes form a tapestry with narrow lines of color used to indicate the time sequence from early morning to evening. Striking and evocative creations by a master craftsman.