Wednesday, November 28, 2012

VirtualBookClub

Bible StoriesI am just squeaking under the deadline for my Virtual Book Club post about Tommy DePaola. We love this author and his books, and we were going slowly through his Book of Bible Stories for more than 2 weeks. I have to admit that this book was not my favorite DePaola books, neither was it the best collection of Bible Stories. In fact, I was somewhat perplexed by what stories were included or excluded and how often the book switched from retelling to direct quoting from the Bible. I am sort of relieved that we are finally done with the Nov28_BibleStories1book – not the usual feeling of regret finishing up the book you really enjoy. Anna commented that she would give Tommy dePaola “half a star” for illustrations, because I like them more realistic. It’s strange because normally she quite enjoyed dePaola illustrations. I agree with her though – they didn’t fit well with the seriousness of retelling.

Nov28_BibleStories2As an extension activity I offered Anna to illustrate her favorite story. She chose Samson story from the Old Testament (with the comments that Samson was strong but certainly not intelligent) and crucifixion. She didn’t get to crucifixion, but I let you guess who is Samson here and who is Delilah here. And in case you are wondering how she got gifted with these formidable drawing skills, here is my own scene from New Testament:

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7 comments:

Momand Kiddo said...

This is a good suggestion. I need to read my Bible Stories!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We go back and forth on Tommy DePaola , but his name is usually enough to get us to check a book out.

Autumn said...

I'm with you on the Tommy DePaola Bible books. We have a few that we picked up at a garage sale. I don't like them very much either. The kids like looking at the pictures though, so at least they weren't a total waste of money.

Ticia said...

I don't know if I've read his Bible stories. I've really enjoyed pretty much every other book of his, so now I need to check that one out.

Bethany said...

Very funny. We really struggled figuring out a dePaola craft ourselves and never ended up making one. We really loved his book about Helga the troll and her dowry.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Somehow dePaola doesn't strike me as a Bible stories teller. We do enjoy most of his books.

Julie said...

We read two dePaola books in Nov and just couldn't think of anything to do for a craft ourselves. Cute drawings!