Wednesday, May 30, 2007
don't get me started on children's bibles... or on flannel-graph for that matter. there is nothing more profoundly uncreative than the way the church has attempted to engage the smaller and illiterate members of the faith community. (the opposite problem is the dogma that once literate, images have no place in the believers faith experience, but that's a whole different post). anyways, reading children's bibles to my son has been painful for both of us. he'd rather read dr. seuss or richard scarry and frankly, so would i. so i found myself a bit caught. it is important to me that my sons know the story of our faith but it is also maybe more important to me that they not reject it some day, simply because of the offensive flatness and absence of mystery with which it has been presented (as i almost did myself). so i set out to see if there was such a thing as a children's bible that honored the story as well as stimulated the imagination without insulting the aesthetic sensibilities of both child and parent. much to my surprise, i discovered this beautiful gift, The Lion Illustrated Bible for Children. the narrative is creative and accurate. the illustrations are absolutely fantastic and whimsical with the characters appearing to be appropriately middle-eastern, rather than bath-robe outfitted norwegians. the illustrator seems to be influenced by Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen or Gustav Klimt in style... categories simply unheard of in christian art for kids. i highly recommend this to you artsy parents who believe the kingdom of God has to do with even the art we wrap His story in to tell it to our kids.