The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross Board Book – Carl Laferton and Catalina Echeverri

The Garden the Curtain and the Cross Carl Laferton
The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross Board Book by Carl Laferton, Catalina Echeverri
Also by this author: The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross, The Christmas Promise Sunday School Lessons: A Three-Session Curriculum With a Family Service Outline, God’s Big Promises Bible Storybook, God’s Big Promises: The First Christmas: Sticker and Activity Book, God’s Big Promises: Advent Calendar and Family Devotions, Christmas Uncut: What Really Happened and Why It Really Matters, God’s Big Promises Christmas Sticker and Activity Book, God's Big Promises: Easter for Little Ones, God's Big Promises Easter Sticker and Activity Book, The God Contest Board Book: Jesus Is the Real God!, Jesus and the Very Big Surprise: A True Story about Jesus, His Return, and How to Be Ready, Jesus and the Lions' Den: A True Story about How Daniel Points Us to Jesus, Goodbye to Goodbyes: A True Story About Jesus, Lazarus, and an Empty Tomb, The Friend Who Forgives: A True Story About How Peter Failed and Jesus Forgave, God's Very Good Idea: A True Story of God's Delightfully Different Family, The Storm That Stopped, The One O'Clock Miracle, The Christmas Promise, The Prisoners, the Earthquake, and the Midnight Song
Series: Tales That Tell The Truth
Published by Good Book Company on February 1, 2021
Genres: Children's, Bible Stories
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Simple Bible overview for pre-schoolers.

Using simple sentences and stunning illustrations, this 16-page board book takes the truths of The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross and makes them accessible for very young children.

Journeying from the Garden of Eden to God’s future new creation, kids will learn why Jesus died and rose again—and be invited to say, “Thank you, King Jesus. You’re amazing!”

This board book adaptation of The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross simplifies the original book’s contents, making it accessible to younger children. The book features the same illustrations from Catalina Echeverri, but is several pages shorter and has less text per page. Although I do not own the original book and cannot make a direct comparison, I know that there were often multiple sentences per page, and in this board book, each page typically includes one to three sentences condensed from the longer work. However, even though this book is significantly shorter, it still feels complete, without any gaps in the narrative or abrupt transitions. (Editor’s note: You can find our review of the full version here.)

This smooth, seamless book briefly covers the gospel story, addressing creation, the fall, and God’s presence in the temple, and Jesus’s arrival, obedience to God, death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. The book concludes with the message that because Jesus has taken our sin away, we can be friends with God and one day live with Him forever. The book does not address the process of repentance and faith, but presents the story arc of the gospel in a way that small children can understand.

Families who already own the full-length book may not feel a need to pursue this adaptation, but it is a great way to get the concepts and story into little hands, and the brief book can hold a younger child’s attention. This board book would be a great pick for a church nursery, especially since most Christian board books are very simplistic in nature and convey individual concepts or stories, instead of covering the arc of Scripture. This book is a gorgeously illustrated, vibrant option for little children that adults can enjoy reading to them again and again.