Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Grandchildren's Bible Journeys: The Creation Story

The Grandchildren’s Bible Journeys: The Creation Story, written and illustrated by Brenda Ricchi, combines a Bible story and modern-day children in an adventure from the book of Genesis.

Bryce and Ella are transported back through time with the aid of a Solar System Game Box they find in the playroom at Grandmama’s house. When Bryce drops the box on the floor, they hear a voice telling them to step on the box. They do so and are then taken to the time of creation. The children are able to witness the creation of the universe as it happens.

They watch light entering the universe (day one), the creation of the heavens (day two), the creation of earth (day three), etc. through day six. Although what they see is very exciting, it is also rather scary. They are frightened by everything that’s going on around them until they hear God telling them that they need not be afraid as he will take care of them. On day seven they are returned to Grandmama’s house.

Scripture is incorporated into the story line as dialogue from God. Also, the author provides a reference page at the back of the book with scripture references for the seven days of Creation.

The illustrations are computer-generated digitized images, most of which combine actual photos with artificial backgrounds.

What I Like: This is the first in a series of books by the author. The books will feature her grandchildren (six of them in all) in various adventures as they travel through time to witness events from the Bible. I think it’s a great way to honor your grandchildren and tell a Bible story at the same time. And, the pictures of real children enhance the storyline.

What I Dislike: Unfortunately, I felt the writing was a bit weak and stilted, especially the dialogue. The text is broken down into headings, such as “Day One of Creation,” “Day Two of Creation,” etc. However, the text of each individual section isn’t broken down properly into paragraphs, making the storyline, especially the dialogue parts, more difficult to follow.

Overall Rating: Good.

Age Appeal: 4-8

Publisher Info: Lulu Press, 2009; ISBN: 9780557149032; Paperback, $17.00.

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