Arch Books Bible Story Series 4.3.2018

Jesus Christ is Risen Today! / by Eric C. Bohnet; illustrated by Erika LeBarre. (Arch Books Bible Story Series/Easter)

Concordia ISBN 9780758657350

Joshua and the Fall of Jericho / by Sara H. Low; illustrated by Mina Price. (Arch Books Bible Story Series/The Old Testament)

Concordia ISBN 9780758657343

Peter Surprises Rhoda / by Larry Burgdorf; illustrated by Len Ebert. (Arch Books Bible Story Series/The New Testament)

Concordia ISBN 9780758657336

The Night Peter Cried / by Larry Burgdorf; illustrated by Dani Jones. (Arch Books Bible Story Series/Easter)

Concordia ISBN 9780758652263

The Christmas Connection / written and illustrated by Karyn E. Lukasek. (Arch Books Bible Story Series/Christmas)

Concordia ISBN 9780758654694

Falling Into Sin / by Martha Streufert Jander; illustrated by Michelle Dorenkamp Repa. (Arch Books Bible Story Series/Bible Beginnings)

Concordia ISBN 9780758654700

Cain and Abel / by Nicole E. Dreyer; illustrated by Deborah Borgo. (Arch Books Bible Story Series/The Old Testament)

Concordia ISBN 9780758652256

PRI K-Grade 4 Rating: 4

Jesus Christ is Risen Today!, Joshua and the Fall of Jericho, Peter Surprises Rhoda, The Night Peter Cried, The Christmas Connection, Falling Into Sin, and Cain and Abel are seven recent titles in the 125+ volume Arch Books Bible Story Series. The books present events from Scripture in an illustrated, rhyming format for children.

Each slim paperback is retold in memorable four-line stanzas and accompanying full-page artwork. The title pages include a biblical reference, and each book concludes with a thought-provoking letter to parents.

Different author/illustrator pairings for each title contribute to the appeal of the series. Though following a similar format, each story has a unique look and tone. Overall, the poetic writing is clever, with a good amount of challenging vocabulary for young readers. The story settings and details depicted through the varied styles of artwork add visual interest and help distinguish each book.

Jesus Christ is Risen Today!, Joshua and the Fall of Jericho, Peter Surprises Rhoda, The Night Peter Cried, The Christmas Connection, Falling Into Sin, and Cain and Abel introduce children to both familiar and lesser-known stories from the Bible in a fun and engaging way. Whether shared aloud or read independently, these titles are likely to foster an understanding and further exploration of Scripture.

Nina Ditmar, CLJ