Biblical Stories for Children:
Abraham & Sarah
Little Boy Named Avram
By Dina Rosenfeld
|The famous tale from the Midrash of how our forefather Avraham at the early age of three, discovered the existence of the one, true G-d. From The Little Greats Series.
Abraham's Search for God
By Jacqueline Jules
Jules retells a midrash (a legend based on biblical text) in which the youthful Abraham discovers the concept of monotheism. Rejecting worship of unresponsive idols, Abraham spends time outdoors where he senses an unseen hand directing the movements of the moon, sun, storm, and rainbow. He concludes that "God is everywhere. God is in everything. God is something we know with our hearts." The story ends with the statement that "Today we remember Abraham as the father of three great religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam." As is often the case with biblical picture books, the storytelling is slightly formal. However, the energetic pastel illustrations are cheerful and warm, and their swirling motion eases any stiffness in the text. This simply told tale is an excellent introduction to the concept of monotheism, and would be a great discussion starter for talking about God. Its neutral stance makes it useful for readers of many faiths.
By Jacqueline Jules
The story of the birth of Isaac is warmly retold in the second in Kar-Ben's new series of Bible stories for young children. At God's command, Abraham and Sarah leave their home and travel to Canaan with family and friends. But their joy is always dimmed by their wish for a child. God has promised that Abraham will be the father of a nation.
One day three strangers arrive at their tent. Sarah overhears them talking to Abraham, saying that she will soon be a mother.
"I'm too old," she laughs. But God doesn't forget promises…
In a year, a baby is born. She names him Isaac, which means “laughter,” and the world rejoices with her.
The White Ram: A Story of Abraham And Isaac
By Mordicai Gerstein
Made on the sixth day of the Creation, a white ram waits patiently in the Garden of Eden. The other animals leave one by one, but the ram waits and waits until he is needed to fulfull God's will by sacrificing himself to save a boy's life.
The Ten Tests of Abraham
By Shoshana Lepon
In these enchanting books, Shoshana Lepon provides young readers the
opportunity to discover biblical characters in a spirit that is as true to
tradition as it is charming in style. Review questions and suggested
discussion topics make these books also ideal for classroom use or
enrichment at home. In easy-to-read rhyme, and with vivid illustrations,
The Ten Tests of Abraham introduces children to a simplified, but
undiluted, retelling of the biblical narrative. Based on Rashi' interpretation
of the biblical story, the author tells in rhyme of the ten tests G-d
imposed on Abraham. These include hiding from Nimrod, leaving
his home for Canaan, and the binding of Isaac.
Abraham's Great Discovery
By Bernard M. Zlotowitz and Dina Maiben
|The talents of two authors and a calligrapher-illustrator are pooled in Abraham's Great Discovery, a new rendition of the traditional account of the patriarch Abraham smashing his father's idols and recognizing the one true God. Raquel Sweeny's drawings and simple lettering beautifully enhance the elegant text. The authors poetically expand upon this ancient story without changing its profound and basic religious message.
By Anne De Graaf
Why Did Sarah Laugh
by Pauline Youd
Sometimes G-d's answer to our prayers is "Yes." Sometimes it is "No." To Abram and Sarai's
prayer for a child, G-d's answer was "Wait." I won't tell you the end of the story, but I
love the sentence, "G-d didn't think they were too old to be parents." Read and enjoy!
Abraham and Isaac
By Catherine Storr
|Relates the story of Abraham's fidelity to
G-d and love for his son Isaac.