cover image The Parables of Jesus

The Parables of Jesus

Tomie dePaola. Holiday House, $17.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-8234-0636-4

DePaola retells New Testament parables, many of which invite further discussion about their messages (some of the parables will require a bit of puzzling through for picture book readers). The palette of the illustrations has an intense, hand-mixed look; the pictures reveal clues about the stories' meanings. ""The Good Samaritan'' is included, as is ``The Mustard Seed,'' ``The Prodigal Son'' and other pieces from the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke, parables that dePaola makes into entertaining, thought-provoking material for young readers. A luminous collection. Ages 7-11. (October)