Pope Francis recently spoke of the family as the domestic Church, “Where Jesus grows.” Cultivate the domestic Church in your home with Tomie dePaola’s Book of Bible Stories. Your kids will love it. Lately, my almost 3 year old has been requesting this book of 40 Bible stories every night. DePaola‘s beautiful illustrations and the miraculous stories of the Old and New Testament capture his imagination and make for fascinating mini-conversations throughout the week. He asks me questions like, “Is the Good Samaritan a good guy? Is he a superhero?” And, “Why did the robbers, do that?” And, “Did they think Jesus was a ghost?”
We love that DePaola has written and illustrated over a 100 books for children that never sentimentalize or speak down to them. He retells the saint stories and folk tales of our tradition as they were told to him, and though he has sold over 6 million books, he has never crossed over into television or commercial products. The books remain just books, the stories, just stories, not yet another opportunity for cross-marketing.
Parents will also enjoy reading these books, and will appreciate that, with over forty stories in one collection, you won’t be stuck reading the same story every night. Unless, of course, your child is currently obsessed with Moses parting the Red Sea, in which case, best of luck persuading him to read about the Miracle of the Loaves and the Fishes.
– Anna Keating