The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross: The True Story of Why Jesus Died and Rose Again by Carl Laferton

Mixed Media
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This picture book delivers on the title and more—in a few pages it tells the grand narrative of redemption. Focusing on humanity’s separation from God through sin, the story uses the temple curtain to explain how God was separated from, yet present with, his people. Jesus’ death caused the curtain to tear apart, and we were invited back into God’s presence in a new garden. 

The text is simple but imaginative. Catalina Echeverri’s strong illustrations—combining color-filled plates and black-and-white pictures—support the story.

At a time when there are many cute and not-so-accurate tellings of Bible stories with a not-to-be-missed moral punch, carefully written texts like this are most welcome. Initially published in the U.K., it is part of a series called “Tales That Tell the Truth” that includes picture books of single Bible stories. Ages 5 and up. (Good Book Company)

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Jenny deGroot is a freelance media review and news writer for The Banner. She lives on Swallowfield Farm near Fort Langley B.C. with her husband, Dennis. Before retirement she worked as a teacher librarian and assistant principal.