The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross

The true story of why Jesus died and rose again

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Beautiful hardback storybook taking children on a journey from the garden of Eden to God's perfect new creation.

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Fourth in the 'Tales that Tell the Truth' series comes The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross!

This beautiful hardback Bible storybook for 3-6 year olds takes children on a journey from the garden of Eden to God’s perfect new creation. It is a gospel presentation that focuses on the significance of the temple curtain. God said “because of your sin you can’t come in”, but the moment the curtain tore in two, everything changed...

Stunningly illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, author and illustrator of several bestselling children's books as well as the first three storybooks from the 'Tales that Tell the Truth' series: The Christmas Promise, The One O'Clock Miracle and The Storm that Stopped.

Written by Carl Laferton, author of Christmas Uncut and Original Jesus.

This beautifully produced and biblically faithful book makes a perfect gift.

There is a free word search and coloring sheet to download for Sunday school too. Also check out our full size images to use in presentations if reading to a large audience.

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Age range: 3 - 6
Author Carl Laferton, Catalina Echeverri
ISBN 9781784980122
Format Hardback
First published 2016
Dimensions 8.7" x 10.2" x 0.4"
Language English
Pages 32
Publisher The Good Book Company

Faithful, theologically rich children's books are a rare treat in Christian publishing. Laferton has provided us one of the best little treatments of biblical theology available for parents to read to their children. The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross not only teaches children stories in the Bible but the story of the Bible - one that culminates in the atoning work of Jesus Christ who gives broken sinners access to God. This book is a tremendous resource for parents and children who want to better understand the grand storyline of Scripture.

R. Albert Mohler, Jr

President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

My grandchildren loved this book—and so did I. Both the pictures and the words have made the Bible's story of redemption clear and beautiful. This is a book that invites us in.

Kathleen Nielson

Director of Women's Initiatives at The Gospel Coalition

I am so excited about this book! It is colorful, engaging, and creative, and that's just the icing on the cake! Our children receive invitations to participate in many different stories—stories of who they are, their purpose, and what God is like. The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross is a brilliant re-telling of the one story that rules all other stories. I cannot commend this book highly enough. Read it to your children, give it to your neighbors, and talk about what it means to live in light of the fact that the curtain has been torn.

Gloria Furman

Cross-cultural worker, author of The Pastor's Wife and Missional Motherhood

Independent reviews

"Stunning artwork"

Victoria, GodVenture, February 29th 2016

It’s both a fresh way of telling the Easter story as well as good way to share the meaning of the cross.... continue reading


Megan, Redeemed Reader, October 3rd 2016

This remarkable picture book beautifully depicts the creation-fall-redemption story in a way that is fresh if you already know it, and clear if you don’t.... continue reading


Catherine Brookes, Mum in Zone One, February 2nd 2016

I think Carl Laferton has done an exceptional job of simplifying an essential truth which could easily come across as very complicated … He makes articulating doctrine seem like child’s play.... continue reading

Customer reviews

“A simple and faithful bible overview”

A really simple bible overview that helps children to see God's plan from Genesis to Revelation. This book focuses on the implications of human disobedience and how Jesus enables humans to live again in the presence of God. The book has great illustrations, simple repeated language, a clear message and a short application at the end. My children aged 3 and 5 love it.

I was given this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.



The book made a significant impression on my grandson (5) to the extent that my daughter was concerned that it was perhaps too graphic in its presentation of the cross. He just wanted it read over and over again. After several days he declared that he wanted to be Jesus' friend.


“Brilliant! ”

The Garden, The Curtain and The Cross is excellent. A fresh, simple way to tell the Easter story. Love the repetition throughout the book. Great for families to read together or older children to read alone. Great to give away to non Christian friends and their children. Great to use for school assemblies. And brilliantly illustrated too. Would highly recommend it.


“Inspiring book”

I love this book. I want to buy multiple copies and give them away. What a wonderful and simple way to explain the gospel. I have read it to children and used it to talk about deep issues with the elderly too. The text is profound and yet simple and the illustrations are beautiful. When is it coming out in paperback?



What a fantastic book - covering the Bible, and God's story for us, with great repetition and illustrations


“I love this book!”

What an excellent retelling of the Bible in a simple, interesting way. A must for anyone passionate about communicating Gods truth to Children


“Excellent book with a clear gospel message”

This book clearly shows the links between the Old and New Testaments. We used it with our 2 year old son and it was straightforward enough for him to understand the work of Jesus. He also loves the pictures!


“An excellent book”

A beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of god's plan for redemption runnin from creation to the cross. The words and pictures were enjoyed by children aged 3-8 with a clarity that engaged adults as well. We used the book as the basis for our family at the cross service on good Friday and again it proved a hit with adults and children alike. I would highly recommend the book to all.


“Delightful gospel truth”

I just read The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross to my three year-old daughter and it is really, really good! The words are excellent, and she engaged with them really well, but there is a lot that will teach and excite adults, let alone older children. The illustrations are also extremely good, with biblical care and theological insight that complement the words really well. Again, she was drawn in and picked out details and asked questions that helped cement the story.

This book tackles the overarching story of the Bible, centred wonderfully on the cross and resurrection of Christ. I think what makes it so delightful and moving is that it does so simple, and with great depth. Just like the gospel that it proclaims. I am looking forward to reading it again tonight, and will certainly by buying it as presents and using it at church.


“A fantastic, beautiful, sound book for small (and not so small) children”

Pre-ordered this book and received it today. I wish it had been around when my children and god-children were younger.

1. It's stunning. The illustrations are of a really high quality, detailed and ethnically appropriate. The colours match the darkness of sin and Calvary and contrast with the brightness and delights of the garden and future kingdom.

2. It links the over arching salvation story from creation through Easter to the second coming in language simple enough for children to follow, without making the story twee or meaningless.

3. Significant parts of it rhyme, making the key points easily memorable and so communicating the gospel to young children in a way that will have lasting impact.

4. My teenagers said, 'it's brilliant' and, 'can I have it'? (High praise indeed!)

5. The vicar (husband) is planning the Good Friday church experience around it.

I can't recommend it highly enough


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