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 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 ...

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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)

A collection of Bible stories, from Creation to the Resurrection of Christ and the appearance of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698119239
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: New International Version
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 426,811
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.36 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 200 books for children.


Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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    Table of Contents

    The wolf will live with the lamb 5
    The Old Testament 9
    God Creates the World 11
    Adam and Eve Disobey God 15
    Cain and Abel 18
    Noah and the Great Flood 21
    The Tower of Babel 27
    Abraham Offers Isaac to God 28
    Pharaoh's Daughter Finds Moses 32
    Moses and the Burning Bush 35
    The Israelites Cross the Red Sea 39
    Moses Receives the Ten Commandments 43
    The Fall of Jericho 48
    Samson and His Great Strength 50
    Naomi and Ruth 57
    David and Goliath 59
    Esther Saves Her People 64
    Daniel in the Den of Lions 68
    Jonah and the Great Fish 73
    The Lord Is My Shepherd 76
    The Lord Watches Over You 78
    Let Everything Praise the Lord 79
    The New Testament 81
    An Angel Visits Mary 83
    Jesus Is Born 84
    The Visit of the Magi 88
    The Boy Jesus at the Temple 93
    Jesus Is Baptized 94
    Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand 96
    Jesus Walks on the Water 99
    The Transfiguration 100
    The Story of the Good Samaritan 102
    Jesus Enters Jerusalem 104
    The Lord's Supper 106
    Jesus Prays at Gethsemane 110
    Jesus Dies on the Cross 113
    The Resurrection 118
    The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost 120
    Love Is Most Important 122
    Praise the Lord Everywhere 124
    Index of Bible Text 126
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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 18, 2011


      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.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 29, 2013

      This is a wonderful book for children who are ages 5-12. (It is

      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.

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