Tomie de Paola's Book of Bible Stories

Book cover: 'Tomie de Paola's Book of Bible Stories'
G.P. Putnam Zondervan
Sewn Hardcover
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127 pages

Tomie de Paola is a unique illustrator with artwork in a woodcut or icon-like style (I can't decide which.) I thought his artwork was more suited to The Lady of Guadalupe but I like the content of his Bible stories and appreciate the "Index of Bible Text" in the back. This would be a suitable book for acquainting preschoolers with the major stories of the Bible.

I have found that some stories are a little hard to understand because too many details have been left out in making them simpler for young children. I was bothered by the fact that the Crucifixion scene is so simplified that both thieves mock Jesus - missing entirely one of the most beautiful stories in the Bible, of the good thief. Also, quite simply, I have a big pet peeve about stories and movies that turn a real-life good guy into a bad guy for the sake of the story or artistic license.

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