The Beautiful Garden of Eden was written by Gary Bower and illustrated by Barbara Chotliner. Part of the Faith that God Built series, this lovely hardback book was crafted in the rhyming style of the popular poem "The House That Jack Built." It tells the story of a tree and it's forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve, a serpent and the curse that occurred as a result of disobedience. As it is made for children (targeted to 4-7 year olds), it is simple and not preachy, however the language is not dumbed down. Quite the opposite, in fact. I found myself having to define the words "upheaval" and "calamitous" to my 6-year-old. I appreciate that in a children's book!
The illustrations are bright, bold and truly draw in the children... my 17-month-old couldn't keep her hands off of it! While dealing with a difficult concept (the original sin), the rhyming scheme brings it across in a whimsical approach that kids will enjoy.
This is a great book for those kiddos who are well past the easy-reading versions of Bible Stories and ready for a little bit more of a challenge or simply something different on their bookshelf. Mr. Bower has just released another in this series, with two more expected in May 2017! See you more on those here.
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for my honest opinion. This review is written in my own words.