Tomie dePaola's Book of Bible Stories

Tomie dePaola's Book of Bible Stories

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Lovingly illustrated by award-winning artist Tomie dePaola, this stunning collection of stories brings some of the most memorable and significant figures in the Old and New Testaments to life. Adam and Eve, Abraham and Moses, Peter, John, and Jesus are all vividly portrayed in wonderful detail. The original Bible text captures all of the drama of the best-loved

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Lovingly illustrated by award-winning artist Tomie dePaola, this stunning collection of stories brings some of the most memorable and significant figures in the Old and New Testaments to life. Adam and Eve, Abraham and Moses, Peter, John, and Jesus are all vividly portrayed in wonderful detail. The original Bible text captures all of the drama of the best-loved stories from the Bible, including Noah and the flood, Jonah's encounter with a great fish, and the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here is a beautiful collection of Bible stories, perfect for gift-giving.

"An excellent choice for family or group use, as well as for independent reading." (School Library Journal, starred review)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this 128-page anthology of 37 Bible stories and prayers, dePaola wisely works from the New International Version, the contemporary translation of the Bible, to make these tales accessible to young readers. Jonah in the whale, Noah and his animal pairs headed for the ark, Moses with the burning bush: all are presented in an appealing style, with well-integrated details that enrich the telling. Those who already love dePaola and his trademark characters will be predisposed to appreciate this comprehensive collection. All ages. (Sept.)
Children's Literature
This book of Bible stories contains 36 tales from the Old and New Testaments. The text is taken from the New International translation. The text contains no chapter or verse references, but these are listed in the back of the book. In an effort to make the stories flow more smoothly, the text has been edited. Some stories are pieced together using several different books of the Bible, while other stories are missing only a verse or two. The illustrations are what one expects from a Tomie dePaola book, with bright colors and a distinctive, comforting style of illustration. This Bible storybook is most appropriate for older preschoolers. There is too much text and not enough pictures for toddlers, and school aged children might find this book too juvenile. 2002, Puffin Books/Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, Ages 3 to 6.
— Katherine Greenstein
School Library Journal
K Up-- A collection of 17 stories from the Old Testament, 15 from the New Testament, and 4 psalms. The text is from the New International Version, which is currently among the best-selling editions of the Bible and is written in clear, straightforward language. dePaola uses the text as written with some abridgement to make the stories an appropriate length. Done in his typical style, the illustrations feature stylized people and objects. His children are as winsome looking as ever, but the adults convey sincerity and trust through both facial expressions and body positions. He also makes good use of architectural and decorative detail. There are several illustrations for each story, many of which are full page, and most make dramatic use of color. The large format enhances the impact of the pictures. Like Mother Goose and fairy-tale collections, editions of Bible stories by respected illustrators abound, but this edition should find a place on most shelves as an excellent choice for family or group use as well as for independent reading. --Jane Gardner Connor, formerly at South Carolina State Library, Columbia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698119239
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
New International Version
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
424,260
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.

It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.

He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.

Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.

Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.

- He has been published for over 30 years.
- Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.
- His books have been published in over 15 different countries.
- He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.

Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition forhis books in the children's book world, including:

- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association
- Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association
- Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution
- USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal
- Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Connecticut and New Hampshire
Date of Birth:
September 15, 1935
Place of Birth:
Meriden, CT
Website:
http://www.tomie.com/main.html

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Tomie dePaola's Book of Bible Stories 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for children who are ages 5-12. (It is not inteded to be a book for toddlers to flip through on their own.) Non-readers can enjoy listening to a parent read to them and competent readers can enjoy reading on their own. The text is written in a story format and the illustrations are engaging. I am a 4h grade teacher at a Catholic elementary school and my students really it when we read from this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my preschooler since it was advertised in the preschool section of scholastic book club. I thought it would be a nice picture book with with age appropriate stories. Unfortuneatley it was very wordy and difficult for my daughter to comprehend. There were not many pictures to correspond with the bible stories. I was extremely disappointed. I would not buy this book if I were you.