One of the most beautifully diverse, whimsically illustrated storybook Bibles available today, introducing children to important ideas and unique characters of the Bible while clearly showing how everything fits together to tell one big story—the story of God’s love for his children.
The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible presents many of your favorite stories from Scripture alongside refreshingly diverse character illustrations that depict what people in Bible times more accurately looked like. This Bible also includes non-traditional stories that are typically excluded from most children’s illustrated Bibles.
With stories from both the Old and New Testaments, The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible starts at the very beginning with the magnificence of creation, includes Moses parting the Red Sea, the spies in the promised land, King Solomon and Queen Sheba, Jonah being swallowed by a giant fish, and the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Uniquely presented in a way that connects each individual story to the next, The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible builds your child’s understanding of the cohesive story of Scripture and God’s enormous love for them. And the practical lessons, reminders, and truths found throughout the stories make this an invaluable resource for parents and teachers.
The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible will help your children discover:
- Who God is—the one who made everything and everyone
- Who we are—his children, whom he loves unconditionally
- What we were made for—to love God and everyone else
About the Author
Joanna Rivard grew up in Nigeria and England and studied French at Oxford University. She has a Ph D in French existentialism from the University of Michigan, but (given the choice) prefers writing children’s stories. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children who refuse to share her accent.
Tim Penner is an animation director, illustrator, and writer who lives in Toronto. Before art and film school he picked up a degree in theology just in case the opportunity to bring it all together and make a children’s Bible ever presented itself. Tim and Jo are a creative team and have been making fun things for kids together since 2011.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I ordered The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible: The Incredible Story of Who God is, Who You Are, and Who You Were Made to Be, by Joanna Rivard & Tim Penner, I wasn't expecting much. I've read many children's Bibles through the years, and they generally fall into one of two categories: board books, that are perfect for babies and young toddlers, that generally contain about 5-10 stories, and therefore, skip a lot, or Bibles meant for children who can read well, that may be a little paraphrased, but are generally the whole Bible. There's not much available in that in-between space. Until now. The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible bridges that gap beautifully. The stories are a bit longer, and go more in-depth than the board book types, but don't contain so much detail as to be boring or confusing to little readers. The Bible is pretty comprehensive, containing all of the most prominent stories from the Bible, from creation to the kingdom of heaven (Revelation). The chapters vary in length, from 3 pages, up to 10 pages, and the illustrations are gorgeous. I especially appreciate that the people are portrayed accurately from an ethnicity standpoint. Some details are glossed over, like when describing the Passover, the author says, "But God doesn't give up. Finally he sent so much trouble to Egypt that Pharoah had no choice but to change his mind." But really, do 4 to 8 year-olds need to know what actually happened at that point? Or can that wait a little while until their minds and hearts mature? The authors do a great job portraying a loving, caring God for little ones to love and trust. Bottom line: I love this book, and definitely wish it had been around when my kiddos were younger. The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible fills the gap in the children's Bible category. Perfect for parents to read aloud to their kiddos, or readers to read to themselves. Visit The Tiny Truths website to look inside the book, and to print coloring sheets and other activities. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
THE TINY TRUTHS ILLUSTRATED BIBLE is a story book Bible in which true Bible stories are written as fiction. The underlying story is true, but some events are watered down and fictionalized. The author skips all the women of the Bible, the characters are all people of color, and cartoonish, and there are a lot of Bible stories totally skipped. If you want the true accounts to use for Bible stories at church, Sunday School lessons, homeschool, etc then you might want to look further. If you want just a general storybook, this is perfect. It could open the door for discussion and encourage you to read the true biblical account. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
“But all of these little stories together tell one big story–the story of God’s GREAT love for his children. And because God made you, this is your story too,” the introduction states in the children’s book, The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible created by Joanna Rivard and Tim Penner. ~ What ~ This two-hundred-and-twenty-four-page hardbound book targets young children from four to eight years old. The book covers thirty-three known stories taken from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible. With no overtly scary or violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to non-readers or beginner readers who like to look at pictures due to their limited reading comprehension level. After an ownership page, table of contents, and introduction, the book contains fifteen stories from the Old Testament and eighteen from the New Testament, with each being four to ten pages long. Having colorful, easy-to-decipher illustrations, the cartoon designs show expressive characters on almost every page; there is ample room for a few sentences written on white backgrounds. ~ Why ~ This chapter book has short, to-the-point stories written in a positive way. Although not all the stories told give pertinent facts (Jesus’s birth does not explain Herod killing baby boys, and it does not mention Christ died for our sins), it generalizes the events. Some of the stories cover creation, Noah’s ark, David and Goliath, Daniel in the lions’ den, the first Christmas, Jesus feeding the five-thousand, and Christ’s death and resurrection. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not want to promote teaching a child about Bible stories will pass on this book. It may be too advanced for beginner readers due to the two and three syllable words. Some may not realize this is not a fully-illustrated Bible but many stories. Others may notice no sin is mentioned or the full plan of eternal salvation is given. ~ Wish ~ I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. It would be helpful to include the Bible verses where the stories are located and a short prayer that correlates to the reader. ~ Want ~ If you are looking for a book of thirty-three simplified stories from the Bible, this would be a good selection for a young one who is just learning about God’s Word but be aware it contains “partial” not tiny truths. Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.