Saturday, December 7, 2019

Treasury of Bible Stories written by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Christina Balit from National Geographic [Review & Giveaway]

Treasury of Bible Stories written by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Christina Balit (ages 8-12, HC, $24.99)

My thoughts: Big, beautifully illustrated, covering Biblical Old Testament stories written in a story-telling fashion aptly describes this National Geographic publication.

Usually, I prefer to read and/or endorse Biblical books - fiction as well as non-fiction - from Christian publishing houses. National Geographic is well-known for its superb coverage of World events, historical finds, geographic  discoveries, and fantastic pictures and publications. However, they do dip their toe (metaphorically speaking) into the deep waters of religion from time to time. And this is somewhat of a natural transition since much of the archaeological discoveries support and lend credence to the narrative contained in the ancient scriptures within the pages of Jewish and Christian holy books.

As a Christian, I read anything that is relative to my own personal faith with an open mind and heart seeking to know and share the truth as I discover it and see it. I believe the introduction to this Treasury of Bible Stories speaks well to the author's research and consultation with scholars in the field of Biblical studies. I have found this book to be an interesting and well done journey through the well known stories from the Old Testament.

Consultation with Helen Plotkin, Director of study of Classical Jewish Texts at Swarthmore College, who also teaches courses in Biblical Hebrew and Classical Hebrew texts lends valid authority to interpretation of the lyrical story telling of the author, Donna Jo Napoli.

The book's back matter includes a map of the Lands of the Bible typical of that which is found in many Bibles. Also included are a timeline, a section on People of the Bible (short paragraph bios), an extensive bibliography, and index.

I like this beautiful book quite a bit because it contains so much and is told in a beautiful story style. The additional information by National Geographic helps for a better understanding the time and people.

About the book: "Napoli brings her literary eye to yet another ancient tradition.  Balit's bold illustrations accompany each tale and feature a diversity of skin tone that reflects the many lands from northeast Africa to the Middle East where the drama unfolds… Sidebars throughout add historical and scientific context to the stories presented while backmatter includes maps, timelines, and brief biographies of the major players. A worthy cultural treasury with appeal to both the faithful and irreligious.” — Kirkus

Noah's Ark, Moses, David and Goliath, the ten plagues, Daniel and the lions' den, Jonah and the giant fish, and many more of the Bible's most powerful stories — 27 in all — are compellingly retold in this beautifully illustrated treasury. Readers will be fascinated by the ancient people and events they encounter, surprised by some of the lesser known accounts revealed, and inspired by the lessons these tales impart. Stories cover important ground beyond religion, such as culture, history, and geography, and they touch on issues that remain relevant today--faith, loyalty, kindness, violence, generosity, greed, jealousy, and more. These accessible, readable stories give kids a rich picture of biblical times, which encourages them to think about our role in the world and to learn more.
Begins December 8
Ends January 6 at 12:01 a.m. EDT
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.


  1. This would be a great gift for my grandson. Email:

  2. Would love to win for grandchildren.


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