Item description for Childrens Illustrated Bible by Selina Hastings & Eric Thomas...
Overview Retaining the original feel and poetry of the Bible, an easy-to-understand retelling presents more than one hundred of the best-known stories from the Old and New Testaments, accompanied by photographs, maps, and illustrations.
Publishers Description Written in conjunction with educators, scholars, and religious advisors, this retelling of favorite Old and New Testament stories retains the original feel and poetry of the Bible while appealing to contemporary young readers. DK's "Children's Illustrated Bible" features some of the best-known Bible tales, including, the Birth of Jesus, Jacob's Ladder, Noah's Ark, and the Resurrection, written especially for children in a clear, easy-to-understand tone. A "Who's Who in the Bible Stories" section and quotations from the King James Bible, listed by chapter and verse, add even more value to this unique resource.
Citations And Professional Reviews Childrens Illustrated Bible by Selina Hastings & Eric Thomas has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2004 page 405
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2004 page 405
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Studio: DK CHILDREN
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.1" Width: 8" Height: 1.2" Weight: 2.85 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2004
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Grade Level Grade School
ISBN 0756602610 ISBN13 9780756602611
Availability 38 units. Availability accurate as of Mar 29, 2017 03:13.
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More About Selina Hastings & Eric Thomas
Selina Hastings is the author of several children's books that reflect her interest in language and history including "Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady" and "The Canterbury Tales." Eric Thomas, a teacher of graphics, print, and illustration, has worked as a freelance illustrator for the BBC, "The Times of London," and "The Economist."
Reviews - What do customers think about Childrens Illustrated Bible?
A great resource! Mar 25, 2010
I bought this book for my six year old, so that we could read it together. I definitely recommend that you find one that is the full size (look at the dimensions in the description). I would imagine that much of the impact of the illustrations would be lost with the small version, not to mention the difficulty of a small font. I was interested to read of one parent's complaint that there was content not appropriate for children. Frankly, the Bible is a PG document if ever I've seen one. Parental guidance is definitely recommended! I haven't yet found any illustrations that I've had a problem with although I have to say that I think we will skip over the story of Sodom and Gomorrah for now, as well as others that I don't think are age appropriate for a six year old.
Fundamentalists and Bible literalists will probably have a problem with some of the alternate explanations that are given for manna and the parting of the Red Sea. I actually appreciate the inclusion of these tidbits and am educating my daughter to hear all viewpoints and make decisions for herself so I don't find them a problem but others might.
Great Book, Great Illustrations! Mar 24, 2010
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I didn't expect the pictures to be so great, or the stories to be written so well. It tells the stories accurately, but in a one to two page form that can hold the attention of children. If you are looking for a Bible story book for a child, this is the one to pick...
Print is tiny, very hard to read. Don't buy it. Feb 27, 2010
The printing is very very tiny. Less than 8 pt. Hard to read. Certainly not for children. I was very disappointed.
"Spot the heresy" Feb 23, 2010
Children's Bibles are probably the genre of books I read the most critically and carefully. These books of stories can greatly enhance our children's grasp of Biblical truth and build a frame in their minds for future Biblical learning to be added onto, or they can cause lasting damage through misrepresenting, undermining, or falsely teaching what the Bible is about. I had casually flipped through The Children's Illustrated Bible in stores and liked the realistic illustrations and informative sidebars with archeological, geological, and historical information and photographs. I was looking forward to a chance to review it, hoping that my opinions would remain positive after a closer inspection.
Unfortunately, this was not the case. I read every word on every page of this 309 page book. I put a sticky tab with notes on each page I had questions/issues with. There were a LOT of notes sticking out of this book when I was done.
What first drew me to this book were the realistic and detailed illustrations. While this was a strength with some stories, with others it was a definite draw-back. For example, while it is true that Adam and Eve were going "au natural" in the garden, I would prefer them to be a little more covered when my young preschooler reads her story Bible! Nor, do I want her to see a painting, classic or not, of baby Jesus being circumcised. And I most definitely don't want her to study and ponder a picture of Daniel in the lions' den, where the den has been accurately portrayed filled with human skulls, bones, and blood dripping down the rocks and off of the lion's teeth. There are also disturbing pictures of soldiers carrying out Herod's orders to kill the male children after Jesus was born (soldiers with bloody swords and mothers begging for mercy with babies huddled in their arms), and of a servant carrying John the Baptist's head, mostly covered by a bloody cloth, on a platter to Salome.
I do appreciate accurate illustrations, but TMI!! My daughter would be afraid of some of the pictures in this book! [Admittedly, these gory pictures might be a draw to older boys...] :)
As I mentioned, another aspect of this book that I initially appreciated were the sidebars full of extra scientific/ archeological/ historical information and photographs. Sometimes these things were very interesting and informative - I liked seeing photos of natural items that would have been used to dye garments like Joseph's coat, typical foods eaten by the Egyptians, and traditional house structures from Nazareth.
At times, however, it appeared that the team of people contributing to this book clearly did not hold the Bible to be literally true. For instance, it is suggested that the Israelites crossed through a "marshy swamp" rather than miraculously through a sea (although the illustration shows them walking through the parted sea), and I was outraged at the "explanation" that manna may have been sweet liquid which seeps from the hammada shrub. (Really? Feeding thousands of people for 40 years with sap? This just ignores the clear description the Bible gives of what manna looked like.) There were many little details like these that I found heretical and could seriously undermine a child's faith in what the Bible says.
Another real danger in paraphrased, abbreviated sections of the Bible in books like these is that any biases held by the authors and editors are included in the text as they "retell" the stories.
For instance, we are told that God rejected Cain's offering because it was not the best of his produce - as we have discussed in the past, we just don't know that for sure. In addition, God's conversation with Cain in Genesis 3:7 is phrased as, "Why are you angry?... you will succeed if you work hard; and if you do not, the sin will be yours." This completely changes the issue. The problem was not that Cain wasn't working hard!
In the story of Abraham and Isaac on Mount Moriah, the angel stops Abraham and says, "You have proved your perfect love of God by your willingness to sacrifice even your child." Again, as we have discussed, that is NOT the point.
Where the author and editors' biases are most apparent, however, are in the life and parables of Jesus. In a two-page summary of Jesus' life and ministry, the text reads, "The death of Jesus is important to Christians because they believe that, in dying, he was showing God's love for all people. For this reason the cross became the main symbol of Christianity. Christians believe, however, that death did not put an end to Jesus, but that his spirit lives on, especially through his followers." (207) Notice the complete lack of mention of sin, need for forgiveness, etc - and how His bodily resurrection is ignored!
Each parable begins with an "explanation," which often misses the point and emphasize "good living." For example - Lazarus and the rich man was "a story to warn people about God's judgment of the selfish." The Pharisee who prayed in public for show and the Tax Collector who humbly beseeched God for mercy in private were "to show how important it is not to be conceited or to look down on others."
The letters of Paul, also, are summarized with an emphasis on being good rather than on salvation through Christ and resulting deeds which flow out of a changed heart. "If you follow Jesus, you will find that you can overcome your worst instincts... There is no earthly law to make you into a good person, but if you obey the laws of Jesus, you will not only do what is right, but also find true happiness and peace." (307)
Perhaps this seems like I am being nitpicky. But parents, if there is ever a time to be picky about books, it is when a book is seeking to represent God's Word and ways to our children. Read with a critical eye. Be cautious! And teach them the actual words that the BIBLE says - not just a paraphrased summary!
My husband had a great idea. He suggested that I keep this Bible, highlight all the problem areas with a bright highlighter, and use it when our children are older and able to think critically. When they get to a highlighted section, it will be a time for us to read carefully, pull out our Bibles and carefully compare, and teach them to think and use the Bible as the ultimate standard of what is True. Maybe we'll make it a game called "spot the heresy." ;)
Too Small Dec 30, 2009
I saw this bible at a bookstore, but didn't buy it because it was less expensive on this site. I didn't realize that this bible was miniature compared to the full sized bible at the bookstore. Granted, I should have looked at the dimentions of the book before purchasing, but I think the size was misleading to the purchaser on the website. I would not purchase this book again, and will probably return this one. Very disappointed.