The Faith that God Built series / by Gary Bower; illustrated by Barbara Chotiner. 3.14.2018

The Beautiful Garden of Eden / by Gary Bower; illustrated by Barbara Chotiner. (The Faith that God Built)

Tyndale Kids ISBN 9781496417435

A Patch on the Peak of Ararat / by Gary Bower; illustrated by Barbara Chotiner. (The Faith that God Built)

Tyndale Kids ISBN 9781496417442

The Hurry Up Exit from Egypt / by Gary Bower; illustrated by Barbara Chotiner. (The Faith that God Built)

Tyndale Kids ISBN 9781496417459

The Frightening Philippi Jail / by Gary Bower; illustrated by Barbara Chotiner. (The Faith that God Built)

Tyndale KidsISBN 9781496417503

PRI Grades K-4 Rating: 4

The Beautiful Garden of Eden, A Patch on the Peak of Ararat, The Hurry Up Exit from Egypt, and The Frightening Philippi Jail are four titles in the Faith that God Built series by the author/illustrator team of Gary Bower and Barbara Chotiner.

These hardcover children’s books retell the Bible stories of Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, the Israelites’ flight from Egypt, and the imprisonment of Silas and Paul. Vivid artwork by Barbara Chotiner enlivens the action, immersing young readers amidst the people, animals, and setting of each story. The flat, folk-art style is eye-catching and dramatic, particularly the crowded, concluding scenes. Gary Bower uses clever rhyming lines of text that repeat and build with theatrical flair. The vocabulary is fresh and alive, a wonderful blend of descriptive phrases, uncommon adjectives, alliteration, personification, and a touch of humor.

The Bible is introduced as the source of each story and a verse from Scripture (New Living Translation) is provided. The Beautiful Garden of Eden, A Patch on the Peak of Ararat, The Hurry Up Exit from Egypt, and The Frightening Philippi Jail are uniquely presented and especially well-suited to being read aloud.

Nina Ditmar, CLJ