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BIBLE STORIES by Rachel Elliot


retold by Rachel Elliot, illustrated by Barbi Sido

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: Aug. 16th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-51089-3
Publisher: Priddy Books

Lengthy Bible stories struggle to inspire.

Beginning with Creation, repetitive statements and unnecessary details bog down the narrative. The focus emphasizes God's relationship with His chosen people, spanning from Eden through David and Goliath and Moses to Jesus. The Nativity transitions into New Testament retellings, focusing on Jesus' miracles as an adult with his feeding of the 5,000. The account of the crucifixion and resurrection glosses over the Christian belief in salvation. “Jesus' death and rebirth are remembered at Easter. It is a very special time when people give thanks for his wonderful life and his wise words.” Brightly colored spreads lack any tinge of nuance, with the same vacant-eyed expressions found on each stock figure. Cookie-cutter characters lack any originality in presentation; physical and stylistic differences are lacking. The decidedly Western slant depicts angels in white robes and wings. A read-aloud CD recalls a traditional lecture in its drawn-out delivery.

No reason to rejoice with this dismal contribution to a child's religious repertoire. (Board book. 3-5)