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The Bible for Young Children (original 2002; edition 2010)

by Marie-Helene Delval, Jean-Claude Gtting (Illustrator)

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Title:The Bible for Young Children
Authors:Marie-Helene Delval
Other authors:Jean-Claude Gtting (Illustrator)
Info:Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (2010), Hardcover, 96 pages
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How a children's Bible can omit the story of Adam and Eve, and thus the fall of man, is beyond me. As the story of God and the redemption of man it therefore fails right out of the box. On the other hand, the illustrations are some of the best ever to be found in a children's Bible. They are primitive, yet elegant in their simplicity. I very much appreciate that they are not cartoon like characters, which so many Bibles for young children include. These illustrations uphold the serious and beautiful content of the Bible; unfortunately, the story selection and flow of the narrative does not. ( )
  thomasandmary | Jan 27, 2013 |
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A simple presentation of an important Bible story. This little book is an excellent example of how to present Bible stories to children. This is a book that children can make their own, teaching them the importance of reading their Bible as well as beginning their own library of important literature. ( )
  george1295 | Dec 24, 2011 |
the drawings were exceptional. the stories were good. i thought that there should have been a more pronounced ending and beginning between each story. good beginers bible story book though.
  mookiekat | May 16, 2011 |
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This volume, graciously given by Eerdmans to review, is a nice collection of art and brief summaries of key events relating to redemptive history. The art, corresponding to the different events being re-told, is simple and clear. Likewise, the summaries of the events are equally simple, with no controversial interpretations, though at times lacking in important details (see e.g., point 2 below).

A couple of observations should be noted.

1. It is not the whole biblical story which is re-told. Rather, key biblical events are selected (9 in total), some more germane to the overall biblical drama than others. For instance, the Exodus event, clearly a key event in redemptive history, is chosen along with the story of Daniel and the lion's den, a comparatively minor event in redemptive history. Why there is no mention of such key events as Israel's exile or Acts' history of the early church is puzzling.

2. On the positive side, theologically speaking, all the stories, many including supernatural events like Jonah, are told as if they were in fact real events (as opposed to myth or fictional story). Negatively, however, is the absolute lack of any mention of sin or the need for a Messiah to deal with sin. Yes, the story of Jesus is told, but noticeably without any real mention of the Jesus' message, "repent and believe." Even in the Exodus event, the forty years of wandering in the desert is told without any hint of the reason for the wandering--namely, because of the Israel's hardness of heart. In fact, it gives the reader the impression that it was just a "very long trip"(pg. 40).

3. Finally, it should be noted that there are pictures of Jesus, which in some Protestant traditions, are a violation of the second commandment. Thankfully however, the pictures of Jesus are not the typical 'white Caucasian-Jesus' which is unfortunately prevalent in much of the art depicting Jesus. ( )
  reformedtexan | Jan 22, 2011 |
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We liked the stories in this okay, but the book was lacking an overall continuity or flow. Even my young children made this observation. Several stories in a row would be related, but then the book would suddenly jump to an unrelated story. There was no indication of when this was taking place, which made reading it very confusing for my little ones.
  A2JC4life | Dec 28, 2010 |
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First published in France in 2002 by Bayard Editions Jeunesse as La Bible pour les tout-petits.
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The Bible is filled with memorable stories — David and Goliath, Daniel in the lions’ den, Jonah and the big fish, the wise men following the star to Jesus. This selection of stories, retold in simple language for young readers, will introduce children to some of the Bible’s most heroic figures and unforgettable events.
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"This selection of Bible stories, paraphrased for young readers, uses language and imagery appropriate for children while remaining faithful to the spirit of the biblical texts."--P. [9].

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