Noah’s Ark

Noah's ArkTitle:  Noah’s Ark
Author:  (Retold by) Lawrence T. Lorimer
Illustrator: Charles E. Martin
Publisher:  Random House
ISBN:  0-394-83697-9 (B.C.)
0-394-83861-0 (trade)
0-394-93861-5 (lib. bdg.)

Summary:  A re-telling of the story of Noah and the Ark
Butterfly’s notes:  Lovingly written, this book has been put together with adorable cartoon-style drawings which make it very enjoyable.

Categories:  ages 4-6, ages 7-9, animal stories, Bible, Christianity, Judaism, mythology and legends, Old Testament, picture books, religious

Esther’s Story

Esther's StoryTitle:  Esther’s Story
Author:  Diane Wolkstein
Illustrator:  Juan Wijngaard
Publisher:  Morrow Junior Books
ISBN:  0-688-12127-6 (trade)
0-688-12128-4 (library)

Summary:  A re-telling of the story of Esther, the Jewish princess who saved her people from execution.
Butterfly’s notes:  Beautiful, emotion-filled drawings fill this book, a detailed and complete version of Esther’s story.  Esther herself narrates the story, which gives the reader a strong connection to her plight.

Categories:  ages 10-12, mythology and legends, picture books, religious, Judaism, Christianity, Old Testament, Bible

Tomie dePaola’s Book of Bible Stories

Tomie dePaola's Book of Bible StoriesTitle:  Tomie dePaola’s Book of Bible Stories
Illustrator:  Tomie dePaola
Publisher:  G. P. Putnam’s Sons
ISBN:  0-399-21690-1

Summary:  From the New International Version of the Bible, some of the most well-loved stories of the Old and new Testaments.
Butterfly’s notes:  There are a lot of children’s Bibles out there.  I like this one because it combines tasteful drawings with actual Biblical text.

Categories:  ages 10-12, anthologies, Bible, Christianity, mythology and legends, New Testament, Old Testament, picture books, religious

To Every Thing There Is A Season: Verses from Ecclesiastes

To Every Thing There Is A SeasonTitle:  To Every Thing There Is A Season:  Verses from Ecclesiastes

Illustrator:  Leo and Diane Dillon

Publisher:  Blue Sky Press

ISBN:  0-590-47887-7

Summary:  From the King James Version of the Bible- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 1:4

Butterfly’s notes:  To Every Thing There Is A Season couples the universal and poetic words from Ecclesiastes with truly inspired illustrations in various artistic styles from around the world.  This book is a great way to remember that all people around the world share a few fundamental rituals and emotions.
It’s easy to enjoy this book, even if you aren’t Christian or Jewish.  It can be a wonderful resource for dealing with hard times or for portraying a sober message during happy times.  I particularly like what it says about ancient world cultures.

Categories:  ages 7-9, ages 10-12, picture books, profound messages, poetry, Christianity, religious, Bible, Old Testament, religious, Judaism, Butterfly’s favorites