by Kevin DeYoung, illustrated by Don Clark
“Once upon a time there lived a man and a woman. . .” So begins Kevin DeYoung’s sweeping storybook which in ten short chapters covers the story of God’s pursuit of humankind from the very beginning until the day He returns and we are together again with him in Paradise. I loved this book! It gives a succinct summary of the story of the Bible for children of all ages. Don Clark’s illustrations illuminate the story with wonderful images and amazing symbols that alone can provoke wonderful conversation with our children and any others with whom we read this book.
What I am always looking for in Bible storybooks is the opportunity for questions and wondering and this book provides just that. The story is by no means complete, (most of Joseph’s story is omitted as well as other significant Old Testament stories and the details of Jesus’ life here on earth), but that seems to be the point: there is so much more for us to know! The beauty of the book comes in its simplicity and the theme behind it: The Snake Crusher will bring us back to the Garden. Read this with your children and it will launch you into more and more stories of God’s pursuit that you’ll need to find in other books!
I love it for children – older elementary and the young. I read it recently with my five and seven year old neighbors and they both didn’t want to stop at the end of each chapter!
The brightly colored and amazingly unique illustrations paired with the simple, but contemporary prose powerfully convey God’s story and ours. Look for images and symbols and consider why they are there and how they continue throughout the book. The delight of this Bible storybook is its ability to capture the imaginations of the very young and those who perhaps are more seasoned in their knowledge of Bible stories or even jaded in their considerations of them. I love it for children – older elementary and the young. I read it recently with my five and seven year old neighbors and they both didn’t want to stop at the end of each chapter! (The five year old especially liked looking for the snake symbol in many of the pictures and noticing its disappearance when the Savior arrives.) Some of the pictures can be a bit scary so reading it yourself before sharing it with the children in your life is advised. I believe this book is a book to return to again and again. I love it myself and sometimes find myself reading it and meditating on its captivating imagery.
- Traci Hoover, Blacknall Director of Elementary Children’s Ministries