Week at a Glance:
- Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Tomie dePaloa’s Book of Bible Stories
- Writing the Story of Baby Jesus with Children
- “The Story of Baby Jesus” FREE printable book (blank version)
- “The Story of Baby Jesus” FREE printable book (illustrated version)
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Tomie dePaloa’s Book of Bible Stories
Why we love this book:
First, it is illustrated by Tomie dePaola, one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. The beginning of the book includes an introduction by Tomie dePaola. I enjoyed reading the background behind how he was invited to illustrate some of his favorite Bible stories. dePaola explains that, “What was additionally interesting was that only the text that appeared in the NIV would be used. This would be the first time the biblical stories would not be adapted or retold for a young audience.”
dePaola’s Bible Story illustrations include the entire Christmas story, from the Annunciation to the Flight into Egypt. In preparation for writing our “The Story of Baby Jesus” book, the children and I read quite a few retellings of the birth of Jesus. We all especially liked the original text and illustrations included in Tomie dePaola’s Book of Bible Stories.
Writing the Story of Baby Jesus
Writing The Story of Baby Jesus with Children
- I introduced the idea of writing the story of the birth of Jesus to the children.
- Before we began writing, we read a number of retellings of The Christmas Story. Including stories from our Bibles.
- Next, the children brainstormed a list of characters, settings and important vocabulary words to include in their book.
- I acted as scribe as the children worked together to write their own book about “The Story of Baby Jesus.”
- The retelling of the birth of Jesus is quite an important task. While reading, keep in mind that this books was written by a 10 and 7 year old.
- We are sharing two different FREE printable versions of their book.
- We have a blank version for children who would like to draw their own illustrations.
- We also have a black-line version, drawn by MacGyver, for children who would like to color the illustrations.
- Following are sample pages from both MacGyver (age 10) and Miss Enigma (age 7).
- At the end of this post, I’ll include a link to the FREE printable books.
FREE printable book: The Story of Baby Jesus
Print this FREE book: The Story of Baby Jesus (blank version)
Print this FREE book: The Story of Baby Jesus (illustrated version)
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Tomie dePaloa’s Book of Bible Stories
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Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
Do you have a favorite Bible Story? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
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The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, December 16, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!