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The Dragon and the Garden (Old Stories)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Prepare to see the Garden of Eden as you always wished you could -- tangible, leaves rustling, the scent of fruit on the breeze. Nathan Wilson and Peter Bentley weave the story of our first parents with wild realism, but also a childlike honesty and clarity that bring new depth to an old truth. Ages 4 and up.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 22nd 2007 by Canon Press
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I had great expectations for this book, however, as I approached the retelling of the Fall of mankind, I found that the author goes beyond artistic license and reinterprets what transpired between Adam and Eve in an unhelpful and unbiblical way. Following Eve's eating of the fruit, Wilson writes:

"When she ate it, she knew that it was wrong. But she took the fruit to Adam.
He was saddened. He was the protector of the Garden. A Dragon had come, and he had not protected the Garden or his wife, Eve
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4 stars for illustrations
3+ for text.

I love seeing Biblical stories robustly handled--as they great and inspiring and true stories they are. But the text of this version goes beyond the biblical account in ways that may be confusing (and misleading) for children. It would be a fantastic accompaniment in a middle or high school class since Wilson interprets the serpent like the medieval dragon.
Leila Bowers
Beautifully illustrated and a fresh yet grounded representation of the Fall. Some of the theology is interesting, but if you know the Wilson clan it makes perfect sense and challenges both kids and adults.
I love the fresh perspective of the illustrations! And, of course, Nate is a great story teller.
Christopher Brehm
Excellent book, my child is a bit too young still but it's a beautifully illustrated story.
One of the best children's book about the fall that I have read.
Caleb Ripple
Can't wait to have kids to share this with!
My two year old LOVES this book.
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