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The Random House Book of Bible Stories

The Random House Book of Bible Stories
Author: Mary Pope Osborne - Natalie Pope Boyce
ISBN 13: 9780375822810
ISBN 10: 037582281X
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2009-09-22
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 176
List Price: $24.99

A beautifully illustrated collection of more than 50 Bible stories.

In the Random House Book of Bible Stories, more than 50 stories from the Old and New Testaments come to vivid life, ready to captivate readers and listeners of all ages. Each story is crafted for reading aloud, so the whole family can share the experience.

Accompanied by stunning full-color illustrations by Michael Welply, these timeless narratives are retold by bestselling author Mary Pope Osborne and her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce, with all the grace and wonder of the Bible itself.

Children's Literature

This retelling of Bible stories is written to be read aloud. Surprisingly some of the stranger and gorier stories are included such as the smoking fire pot moving over animals cut in half, those who plotted against Daniel being eaten by lions along with their wives and children "until only their bones remained," and Jael killing Sisera with a tent peg. The Ten Commandments are written as eleven sentences and are not numbered so no one tradition is favored. However, the Roman Catholic interpretation of Peter's confession is used. The Gospels are combined to become one narrative such as the boy with the loaves and fishes in the feeding of the five thousand being followed by Christ's and Peter's walking on the water. The colored illustrations of Samson pulling down the temple and Jonah and the giant fish are truly fearsome. Other pictures pick up interesting details such as the buyers examining Joseph's teeth as he is sold into slavery and David with the piece of Saul's cloak after Saul's night in the cave. The Bible passages are cited before each story. An error cites Genesis for the story about Solomon. Although the stories are factually told, the spirit of the Biblical narrative seems missing. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman