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The only reason I only gave this 4 stars is although it is a wonderful quality book with beautiful pictures, the childish illustrations and cover lead one to believe it is a children's Bible storybook, ie key stories retold in child-friendly language, whereas it is actually an abridged NIV Bible word for word, and so lots of dense text and not always suitable for younger children to understand. I would simplify it a lot and just retell the key events myself from memory when reading to younger children. However, if you are a purist and believe children should hear the undiluted Word of God (and so they should, but perhaps after the age they will understand it!) this is the book for you.
This book contains Tomie DePaola's signature artwork with text directly from the Bible. I like that the stories are the actual biblical text (RSV translation, I believe). While I have read some children's Bibles that have done a good job of adapting the text for younger readers (e.g. The Golden Children's Bible), more often than not the process of adaptation involves, intentionally or not, some twisting of the story or biasing towards a particular theological viewpoint.
Beautiful book. It's just the illustrations that are by dePaola, the text is straight from the Bible. If this is what you're looking for you'll love it; if you want "Bible stories" there are lots of other books.
Great author and illustrations are fantastic. I like the size and sturdiness of the book. It is for an older child tho. I bought it for my 4 year old but saving for when she is older. It is written in the King James style so the 4 year old’s attention span and understanding isn’t there yet.
I've ordered this book so many times as a gift for First Communicants. I just wish there were more editions with still more stories. I especially love that the selections are drawn from all sections of the bible, including psalms, prophecy, and epistles, as well as the well-known New Testament and Hebrew Scripture passages.