Eight animal characters from familiar Bible stories serve as narrators for this overlong collection first published in England.
The stories from the Old Testament include a snake recounting the Garden of Eden story, a raven presenting the tale of Noah and his Ark, the whale describing the prophet Jonah and a lion retelling the story of Daniel in the lions’ den. New Testament narrators are a lamb, a wolf and a donkey in stories from the life of Jesus and a cockerel telling the story of the first Easter. Each story is three or four pages of text in first-person narration by the individual animal, with most stories too long for the intended audience. All the animal characters sound like well-educated, adult humans wearing animal costumes, complete with anthropomorphic insights. Each story has several small illustrations and one larger one, in a pleasant folk-art style with simplified shapes and a flattened perspective. However, the ratio of illustrations to text will not hold the interest of most young children.
A misguided effort with some flashes of humor but far too much text. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)