Saturday, April 19, 2014

You Can Draw Bible Stories for Kids

You Can Draw Bible Stories for Kids, written and illustrated by Sandy Silverthorne, is a great book. Can I just say that I love, love, LOVE this book and be done with it! No? You’re probably wondering why I love it so much, aren’t you?

Well, there are lots of books out there that teach kids how to draw things. Many of them pertain to drawing Bible characters. But, this is the first book I’ve seen that includes a Bible story along with step-by-step directions on how to draw something to illustrate the story.

The author starts the book with an explanation of how to make simple drawings of people, animals and things. The illustrations are so simple, to the point of being almost sloppy and careless, but yet you can easily tell what the finished thing is supposed to be. When you’re done following the directions, you have a complete scene from the story. For instance, for the story of Adam and Eve, the author shows you how to draw both of them both along with a garden backdrop.

Each story is a different chapter. At the end of the chapter, the author includes a section called “What’s the Big Idea?” He explains the main, or “big” idea, of the story. He gives a Bible reference for the story. He also includes a few extra sidebars of two types: One is called “Did you know?” in which he includes a fun fact about the story; and the other is “Fun Idea”, which is an extra idea of how to illustrate the story.

There are 18 stories, some from the Old Testament and some from the New, with step-by-step illustration ideas for each. There is also an extra chapter called Bonus Art with ideas for drawing other Bible-related items.

What I Like: Everything.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: 6 and up.

Publisher Info: Harvest House Publishers, 2014; ISBN: 9780736955003; Paperback, 144 pages, $8.99.

The Amazon Kindle Edition is available for $7.39. 
Special Info: Read our reviews of other books written and illustrated by Sandy Silverthorne. You can “like” his Facebook page.

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