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This is one reason I take Jack to church, and read him bible stories (we have a v simple children's bible). I want him to have the cultural knowledge. If he rejects Christianity, he will at least know what he's rejecting, and he'll still be able to answer pub quiz questions. Funnily enough, the man with the animals and the boat is one of his favourites. Also "the bloody river" – the plagues of Egypt. Strange child.
We just borrowed a children's illustrated Bible from church because we had run into one too many cultural references. I still feel kimd of uneasy about it, though.
I found a beautifully illustrated pop-up Noah's Ark book in a Christian Bookshop yesterday. It was simple enough for a five- or six-year-old to read themselves. It began, "A long time ago God was very sad, because all the people in the world were very bad, except for a man called Noah and his family. God said that he would send a great flood to get rid of the bad people. He told Noah to build a boat." [next page] "The cruel people laughed at Noah, but he didn't mind."I don't know what happened next, because I put it down in horror and backed away.
Jan Brett wrote a really lovely version of Noah's Ark which bypasses the entire "God's wrath" element of the story. You can "search inside" the US version to see how it starts. And the pictures are gorgeous.
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