Book Review: God’s Little Lambs Bible Stories, written by Julie Stiegemeyer, illustrated by Qin Leng

God's Little Lambs Bible StoriesGod’s Little Lambs Bible Stories is a children’s book written by Julie Stiegemeyer and illustrated by Qin Leng. The physical copy is vertically a bit longer than the length of my hand and a bit shorter horizontally. It has a soft front cover, hard spine and back cover, and sharp right corners. Stiegemeyer’s writing is her simplification and elaboration of thirty-five stories from the Bible, beginning with “Who is God?” and ending with “Paul Tells about Jesus.” Every story (usually four pages in length) has a few Scripture references under the title and end with a small text box with a single sentence as a take-away moral/lesson. I found Stiegemeyer’s storytelling wanting—I’m not sure the age level of the language and book’s presentation match—and took issue with the accuracy and portrayal of several stories even after taking into consideration artistic expression and it being a children’s book. Leng’s illustrations are beautiful, multiethnic sketches with ink and watercolors. I really appreciate the design (layout, text placement, fonts, etc.), but find myself wanting to show it and not read it.

 

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