These three slim volumes -- squarish, bound in mottled cloth, illustrated in color and black and white -- launch a new project, which in idea is good -- in performance disappointing. The plan is to publish picture stories based on Old and New Testament, with greatly simplified text, and illustrations ""representing an interesting new development in religious illustrations...capturing the interest of children today"". And the result? Wooden drawing, with emotion dramatized in gesture and expression, silhouetted against flat color background which conveys virtually nothing of setting or period... The Beginning of the World is taken from the first nine chapters of Genesis; Jesus Shows the Way incorporates some of the miracles; The Easter Story starts with the Last Supper and goes through to the Resurrection. The author has successfully avoided any complications of denominational bias -- but the result is wholly unsatisfactory.