Tuesday, February 7, 2017
The Beautiful Garden of Eden by Gary Bower
The Beautiful Garden of Eden was written by Gary Bower and illustrated by Barbara Chotiner. The story, if you haven't already figured it out, is based on the biblical account of Adam and Eve found in the book of Genesis of the Holy Bible. The author uses sing song rhymes to tell the story similar to the ones found in the story, The House That Jack Built. By using repetitive verses, Gary Bower helps children remember key story components.
I found this book well written and beautifully illustrated. I think the best audience for this children's book would be for those aged 8 through 12 years but generally speaking, children of all ages would enjoy it. Some of the wording might not be easily understood by younger children. Examples of some of the words that might need a little more explanation by parents to the younger listeners include: upheaval, comely, calamitous, deceive, woefully, wayward and others.
The story follows scripture well and is written in such a way that young listeners can retain and repeat most of the information. The author did a good job of conveying key biblical truths in an enjoyable manner.
The illustrations are bright and cheerful. Adam and Eve are displayed with a youthful appearance. The serpent in the story is presented in a nonthreatening illustration with tongue outstretched. There are no facial expressions to indicate the snake is evil other than Eve's slight smirk as she is pictured holding the apple in her hand.
On the last page of the book, the author has prompted readers to look to Genesis chapters 1 through 3 for the complete version of the story. I thought this was a very thoughtful addition to the book. At the bottom of the back page, the author also includes a verse of scripture from Galatians chapter 3 verse 13 which says, "Christ has rescued us from the curse." This verse was a beautiful way of conveying hope to the reader.
This book is part of the Faith that God Built series. It is 32 pages long. The book is published by Tyndale House Publishers. I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for giving me the opportunity to review this lovely book. I was not encouraged to give a good review but I'm honored to do so.
You can watch a cute video clip of children reading part of the book here.
To purchase the book on Amazon, click here.
To visit Gary Bowers' website, click here.