I 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 book – 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.
As 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: