Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Lion Bible to Keep Forever

The Lion Bible to Keep For Ever,  is a collection of Bible-related stories retold by Lois Rock. It includes 50 stories in all, 31 from the Old Testament and 24 from the New Testament. Each story is 2-6 pages long, and each story is annotated by Biblical references which are included in the margins of the pages.

Sophie Allsopp has illustrated the pages in a variety of ways. Some pages have only decorated margins; some feature a small drawing in the corner; and some are full-color, full-page illustrations. All show attention to detail and appropriateness to the text.

What I Like: The stories are short and generally easy to follow.

What I Dislike: Genesis 1 and 2 is the first chapter in this Bible. The author turned the creation story into a poem that only loosely conforms to the Bible’s version. And it’s the only poem in the book, making it seem out of place in a book of this nature.

Also, this version of the Bible ends with a chapter called “To the End.” Its biblical references (there are several) are from Acts, 1 Corinthians, and Ephesians. The beginning of the chapter reads as follows: “The Bible ends with glimpses of churches in many parts of the Roman empire. In spite of the difficulties they faced, believers were confident that God would establish an everlasting kingdom.” There is no mention of the book of Revelation, which is the last book of the Bible.

Overall Rating: Good.

Age Appeal: 8-12.

Publisher Info: Lion Publishing, UK, 2013; ISBN: 9780745969145; Hardcover, 320 pages, $17.99.

Special Info: Read our reviews of other books by Lois Rock. Read our reviews of other books illustrated by Sophie Allsopp.

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