I decided to deviate from my usual pairing of two picture books this week. Why, you ask? When you see the book I’m highlighting, I think you’ll understand my reason.
Tomie dePaola’s Book of Bible Stories
Text from the New International Version of the Bible
Illustrator: Tomie dePaola
Publisher/Date: Puffin Books, part of the Penguin Group/1990
Ages: 3 and up
Themes: Bible, religion, Judaism, Christianity
Short Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Lovingly illustrated by award-winning artist Tomie dePaola, this stunning collection of stories brings some of the most memorable and significant figures in the Old and New Testaments to life. Adam and Eve, Abraham and Moses, Peter, John, and Jesus are all vividly portrayed in wonderful detail. The original Bible text captures all of the drama of the best-loved stories from the Bible, including Noah and the flood, Jonah’s encounter with a great fish, and the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here is a beautiful collection of Bible stories, perfect for gift-giving.
Read a review at Kirkus Reviews.
I chose this collection of Bible stories as a way to celebrate the life of the late, great Tomie dePaola, who passed away last week, and to celebrate Passover and Holy Week this week. I think Tomie will be in many of our thoughts and prayers during these holiday seasons. I know he’s in mine.