HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Story of Creation: A Picture Surprise Book
Author: Stephanie Jeffs
Illustrator: Doug Hewitt
Publisher: Tyndale House Pub., 1992
Related website: www.tyndale.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3-7
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Jeffs, Stephanie. The Story of Creation: A Picture Surprise Book (published in 1992 by Tyndale House Publishers). “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). This beautifully written and delightfully illustrated book from Tyndale Kids is a simple introduction to the Biblical story of Creation for children ages 3 to 7 using movable pictures. Doug Hewitt’s intricate artwork that celebrates the origins of our planet and universe will enable young readers to marvel at God’s powers of creation and the wonders of nature as they turn each page. It would also make a classic storybook ideal for reading aloud since Stephanie Jeff’s text is based directly on the Biblical account, and is a perfect gift for parent and child to share together.
When our older son Mark was learning to read, we used this book, originally published in England by Tamarind, for extra practice and for a supplement to his Bible curriculum. The author, who is a former teacher of English and drama, has had more than a dozen books for children published worldwide and writes curriculum material for Sunday schools. She lives in Tiverton, in the southwest of England, with her husband and three children. Tyndale and Dorling Kindersley also published a similar book, The Creation Story, with illustrations by Norman Messenger, for children ages 6 and up. Unfortunately, both books are out of print.