Title: God’s Great Creation
Illustrator: David Miles
“Use all you see with respect. And follow my one rule: do not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil,” God commands Adam and Eve in Zonderkidz’s children’s book, God’s Great Creation.
Part of the “I Can Read!” Adventure Bible series, this thirty-two page paperback targets children four to eight years old interested in knowing about how God created the world. Using the New International Version of the Bible, the story is taken from the first few chapters of Genesis in the Old Testament. Containing no scary scenes except for Adam and Eve being banished from the Garden of Eden, its reading level is for developing readers. This reviewer wished all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
After a book-ownership page and message to parents regarding the “I Can Read!” series, illustrator Miles’s expressive and detailed designs fill both sides of the opened pages, leaving blank backgrounds for black wording in an easy-to-read font. The end of the book includes sections titled “People in Bible Times” and “Words to Treasure.” There is also an advertisement for other books in the Adventure Bible Family series.
Similar to the well-known Bible story, the beginning starts with God creating light on the first day, followed by separating the water from the air on the second day. The third day He made land and plants while the next day the sun, moon, and stars were formed. Creatures in the sea and air were created on the fifth day and on the final day, all mammals along with Adam and Eve were made. And God rested on the seventh day.
The story does not end there but reminds readers that God commanded Adam and Eve not to partake of the tree of knowledge. When Satan had the snake trick Eve into tasting the forbidden fruit and Adam willingly ate too, God found both hiding from Him. God punished the man and woman for their disobedience by making them leave the garden.
With simplistic wording that a beginner reader can easily comprehend, the book not only retells the Bible story correctly, it reminds children that there is punishment for wrong actions. Although some of the pictures depict happy animals such as a lion licking Adam’s face, the seriousness of sin is emphasized that young children can understand.
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