The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross Storybook

The true story of why Jesus died and rose again

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Bible storybook that teaches young children the gospel, helping them understand why Jesus died and rose again.

Part of the Tales that Tell the Truth series.

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Description

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.

Children will learn why Jesus died and rose again and why that’s the best news ever.

Stunningly illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, author and illustrator of several bestselling children's books, including all the books in the 'Tales that Tell the Truth' series from The Good Book Company.

Written by Carl Laferton, Editorial Director of The Good Book Company.

Linked with other products in The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross range:
Board book for 1-3s
Coloring and Activity Book for 5-8s
Full size images to use in presentations if reading to a large audience or to show on a screen
An Easter Calendar including a 32-page book of devotions for families with children 5-8
• A six-session Sunday School resource with age-differentiated lesson plans for 2-4s, 5-8s, and 9-12s

There are also some free downloadable materials in the 'extras' section below.

Product details

Specification

Age range: 3 - 6
Contributors Carl Laferton, Catalina Echeverri
ISBN 9781784980122
Format Hardback
First published February 2016
Dimensions 8.7" x 10.2" x 0.4"
Case quantity 30
Language English
Pages 32
Publisher The Good Book Company
Endorsements

R. Albert Mohler, Jr

President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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.

Kathleen Nielson

Director of Women's Initiatives at The Gospel Coalition

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.

Gloria Furman

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

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.

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

"Remarkable"

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

"Exceptional"

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


06/11/2022

“Amazing”

It's a must have on our bookshelves for children. Lovely drawings that match the writing. Theology made simple for kids. 💕


09/10/2022

“The BEST!”

(Review written for 'Download the full-size illustrations - The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross')

I've been teaching in children's ministry since September 1974. This is the best presentation of the gospel for littles that I have ever used. I love the illustrations as well. I went on to buy the activity book and Sunday School curriculum and have shared it with others in my small group. I asked the publishers if I could use it at a para church gospel event held at a local pro and they very generously agreed. I'd give it more stars if I could!


16/09/2022

“Simple Easter Theology for Children”

An absolutely brilliant book both for content and presentation. essentially for children and of intriguing worth to the adults who read it alongside them. The best book I know for explaining Easter to children within the context of the whole Bible.


19/08/2022

“Bible Over View”

Although a children's book, I think this is one of the simplest and best Bible overviews I've come across. Adults can learn from it too! I keep having to buy another one because I've given my copy away. I'm so glad there is now a simlified board book version that I can read to my toddler group.


25/07/2022

“Great resource”

(Review written for 'Download the full-size illustrations - The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross')

Having this art available for free to go with the Sunday School curriculum (which we adapted for a three-night Vacation Bible School) was wonderful. The art is simply beautiful, engaging the imaginations of kids so well. And that made it perfect for flyers that we made and used to invite kids to participate in our VBS. So grateful for this resource!


18/07/2022

“Creation, Fall, Redemption...clear gospel message for kids”

The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross is one of the best gospel resources for children (adults too!). The creation, fall, redemption arc of scripture, the focus on Christ providing the way back into fellowship with God through death and resurrection is clearly presented. On a personal note, this book will forever hold a special place on our bookshelves and will be one we continue to gift to others as it was during a reading of The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross that the truth of the salvation became clear to our son (who was four at that time). Praise be to God! This is a great resource to use alongside Bible teaching and prayer in family discipleship.


01/07/2022

“A great summation of the Gospel for little ones”

I work for a pregnancy center and I purchase this book to give to our clients with young children. I love it! The colorful cover catches little ones' attentions and it packs a remarkable amount of the Gospel into just a few pages. The first time I looked through it, I teared up at the end when it shared the amazing hope we have stored up in Heaven. I definitely recommend!


05/06/2022

“Pictures”

(Review written for 'Download the full-size illustrations - The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross')

This is a book containing three wonderful pictures. I mean it contains not only coloured illustrations, but tremendous life changing truths told in images that people of all ages can begin to understand. When I pick up a book with colour illustrations, I always look at these first. The Bible is full of word pictures. Our Lord Jesus himself used word pictures or actual objects people could see in order to illustrate many points.
The three 'images' in the Garden ,the Veil and the Cross communicate so much. They provide the stuff for years of reflection and meditation. Why not start young?!


05/05/2022

“Beautifully detailed illustrations”

(Review written for 'Download the full-size illustrations - The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross')

I came across The Garden, The Curtain and The Cross and was really taken by it's simple yet powerful account of the gospel and our need for a saviour. The illustrations in the book just added to it's character. I downloaded these images and used them as discussion prompts with the children and to make a replica of the curtain using a large disposable table cover that the children tore and then went into the wee room that had been blocked off by the Curtain. Really powerful activity.


10/02/2022

“Wonderful for families”

We've had this book for a few years and really enjoy it. It's a clear story of the garden, sin, and the cross, and what happens because the veil is torn. It has led to wonderful conversations with our family and friends.

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The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross Storybook | Carl Laferton, Catalina Echeverri | $16.99 $11.89