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THE LIFE OF JESUS by Sophie Piper


by Sophie Piper ; illustrated by Angelo Ruta

Age Range: 5 - 10

Pub Date: June 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7459-6367-9
Publisher: Lion/Trafalgar

The story of the life of Jesus is retold for school-age children using a small, attractive format that will be popular for the gift market.

This thoughtful retelling of the major events of Jesus’ life uses contemporary language based on the Good News Bible. The book is arranged as a series of very short stories, with each event succinctly summarized, usually in one or two pages. Each story has its own title, with the relevant Bible chapter and verses noted below. The type size is rather small, and the volume size itself is also small, so this would be best shared by an adult with one child or read individually by older children rather than shared with a group. The shortened, British version of the Lord’s Prayer is used in the text. Both full-page and spot illustrations in muted tones are integrated into each story, providing details of the time and place and keeping the interest level high through a wide variety of design formats. Brief introductory and concluding notes help to place the biblical stories in historical and geographical context, and the final page is a map showing the area where Jesus lived.

A brief but thorough introduction to a complex subject. (Religion. 5-10)