I love books. I love kids. I love the Bible. I love artwork. Put them all together? I’m bound to love that — and I think you will as well!
They all come together in the book The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden (affiliate link), by pastor Kevin DeYoung and illustrated by Don Clark.
This book is unique, in that it isn’t really a Bible storybook. Rather, it tells the “big picture” of the entire Bible’s story, from creation to Jesus’ second coming. As a teacher, I love that. I think that, often, we teach kids isolated Bible stories, and the kids really have little idea how everything ties together in the macro view.
Here’s an example of a page spread with that lovely, colorful artwork:
Each of the chapter openers also has beautiful artwork. Kind of a Ukrainian look, I’m thinking … oh, and you have to love a book that comes with its own ribbon bookmark, don’t you?
I like the tone of the book — it’s full of this type thing:
- Things were still not going well in the world God had made. Thankfully, God was still not done saving his people.
- Believe it or not, God’s promises hadn’t gone anywhere. In fact, God kept on making more promises all the time.
- We live in the beginning of the end of the story that we are still in the middle of. We know it’s not the end because we haven’t made it back to the garden.
You get the idea. The text is clever, and so even though the illustrations might fool you, this is not a book to read with a toddler. Because of the depth of the ideas presented, I’d recommend this for kids in at least third grade. In fact, I think it’s a lovely book for teens and adults as well.
It’s a beautiful, thoughtful re-telling of the greatest story ever told.
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