cover image Green Bible Stories for Children

Green Bible Stories for Children

Tami Lehman-Wilzig, illus. by Durga Yael Bernhard. Kar-Ben, $17.95 (48p) ISBN 978-0-7613-5135-1; paper $7.95 ISBN 978-0-7613-5136-8

Beginning with the Genesis creation account and God's mandate to humanity to care for the earth, Lehman-Wilzig retells nine biblical stories, illuminating their prescriptions for environmental preservation and conscientious stewardship. In "Variety Is the Spice of Life," God instructs Noah in the importance of taking two of "every type of beast, bird and insect," as part of God's plan to heal creation after the flood. "Preventing Famine: Joseph Plans Ahead" retells how Joseph prepared for imminent drought. Following each story, suggested activities, which appear in white boxes against full-spread green backdrops resembling recycled paper, provide opportunities for readers to make connections between the story's ideas and their own lives; for example: "Check out Biodiversity at the Zoo" and "Create Your Own Survival Kit." Story text appears on pale washes of blue, gold, and lilac above, below, or beside Bernhard's delicate brown-hued paintings, which capture the Israelites' various habitats: desert tents and brick-hewn buildings. A final "Potpourri" section provides scriptural guidance on such related issues as caring for animals and generosity. The story makes biblical wisdom accessible and relevant. Ages 8%E2%80%9311. (Sept.)