Item description for The Story of Jesus (Little Golden Book) by Jane Werner Watson & Jerry Smath...
Overview Introduces the birth and childhood of Jesus, and the major events of his ministry.
Publishers Description A gentle look at Jesus' birth, childhood, teachings, crucifixion, and resurrection. Written in a simple, warm style that will captivate and inspire, and colorfully illustrated with seven new pages of artwork, it's a perfect introduction to Jesus for very young children.
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Studio: Golden Inspirational
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 6.7" Height: 0.2" Weight: 0.26 lbs.
Release Date Jan 9, 2007
Publisher Golden Inspirational
Series Golden Books
ISBN 0375839410 ISBN13 9780375839412
Availability 0 units.
More About Jane Werner Watson & Jerry Smath
JANE WERNER WATSON edited the first twelve Little Golden Books that launched in 1942. She went on to write and edit scores of Golden Books, from Disney titles to books on science and history. She also wrote the bestselling Little Golden Books Wonders of Nature and My Little Golden Book About God. About the Illustrator: GARTH WILLIAMS (1912-1996) is known for his realistic yet highly expressive animal characters. He brought to life some of the best-loved children's books of the 20th century, including E. B. White's Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, and the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Williams illustrated many timeless Golden Books, such as Baby Farm Animals, Mister Dog, The Friendly Book, The Sailor Dog, The Giant Golden Book of Elves and Fairies, and The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Story of Jesus (Little Golden Book)?
Jesus for young ones Feb 14, 2010
A very simple and concise story of Jesus that is easy to understand. A perfect gift for any young child. My child enjoys it over and over...
Sunday School Success Dec 3, 2009
I purchased several Little Golden Books, The Story of Jesus, to be given to the children in my preschool Sunday School Class for Christmas. The order arrived safely and in the allotted shipping time. I am sure the children will enjoy having this book read to them over and over. In God We Still Trust! John 3:16
Missing some VERY important parts Dec 6, 2008
I was looking for a book that told the story of Jesus for my 2 year old...the ENTIRE story of Jesus. I do enjoy the Little Golden Books overall; however, this one was disappointing. It completely leaves out the resurrection and how Jesus died to save us all from sin. If your looking for a childrens book to explain Christ, I would not recommend this one.
great story Feb 17, 2008
my toddler loves this book. THere is nothing more thrilling to me, than my child brining a book to me to read to her. I read this one a lot. The story is accurate, it is just simplified for a child to understand. The illustrations are beautiful. I have never seen a story book about Jesus with details like these. There are animals on every page. And the animals are always close to Jesus. In each of the pictures with Joesph , there is a carpenters bag close by. in another picture there is an apple next to Jesus on a seat. Every time i read this i find something new on the pages. I find the words beautiful in their simplicity. If a parent wanted to tell more of the story to their child they could. It is a great opener. I also think this is a great story for people who are not Christians to read to their children as well, and not be offended.
Misleading Version of Christ's Life Jun 25, 2007
Little Golden Books have a long history of providing quality picture books for children, including books with religious themes. Unfortunately, their Story of Jesus by Jane Werner Watson is a politically correct version of Jesus' life, not well suited to Christians.
The book begins by showing Jesus' infancy in a stable, without mentioning the miraculous way he entered the world. The author then goes on to say that his parents, Joseph and Mary, took him to Egypt to flee the wicked King Herod. When the king dies, the family moved back to Judea and as Jesus grew, he worked with his father as a carpenter. When Jesus was 12, the author says he went to Jerusalem and his "heart rejoiced when he entered the temple...Jesus knew, even then, that his life's purpose would be to work for his Father in Heaven..." The author then tells us of John the Baptist, saying:
"John baptized Jesus in the river Jordan. As the two men prayed, God sent a dove down from Heaven - a sign that He was pleased." This is definitely whitewashed; the Bible tells us that "At that moment [of Jesus' baptism] heaven was opened, and he [Jesus] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.'" (Matt. 3: 16-17)
Afterward, the author says that Jesus went off to be by himself, praying "for God to show him the way to live his life." This, again, is inaccurate. Jesus went into the wilderness to be tempted by - and refuse - Satan (see Matt. 4:1-11).
The author then recounts how Jesus taught the people of Israel and performed miracles. The book doesn't delve into Jesus' arrest, time on the cross, or his resurrection. Instead, the last page says that:
"After Jesus' death, his followers took his teachings all around the world. And the stories he told are still known and loved and retold today in every land on Earth."
In essence, the author makes Jesus sound like another of the brothers Grimm. No where is Jesus' status as God's son mentioned, nor is his miraculous resurrection and what it means for us.
What I Like: There are some things to like in this book. For example, the author does a nice job of describing the settings (Jesus was born in Bethlehem, "a town in the rocky hills of Judea;" later, the family settles into "a small stone house in Nazareth.") The illustrations, by Jerry Smath, are warm, friendly, and realistic without being drab.
What I Dislike: The political correctness. It's pretty clear this book was designed to please those who believe Jesus was just "a good man." Lots of important information is left out, leaning toward the side of being biblically inaccurate.
Overall Rating: Poor.
Kristina editor at Christian Children's Book Review