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Creation of the World book cover by Kristin J. Draeger at ARTK12

  • Pre-K – 3rd Grade
  • Full Color
  • Pages: 40

The Bible is the most important book your kids will ever read; augment their first impression by pairing it with classic works of art that don’t simply illustrate but illuminate its eternal truths. 

Great text deserves great art. The Middle Ages produced an abundance of beautiful Christian art, most of which we never see today. Hidden away in libraries and museum basements are thousands of medieval manuscripts, beautifully-illustrated with hand-painted images.

Most are religious in content like Psalters (a collection of Psalms), Books of Hours (a collection of devotional texts, prayers and Psalms), Gospels, as well as Bibles. Some are secular, like bestiaries and chronicles. All of them contain priceless images of Biblical stories, parables and poetry. In Creation of the World I have illustrated the first story in Genesis with some of these artworks.

Homeschoolers, Sunday School teachers, moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas will appreciate the significance of these paintings and their students and children will enjoy their vibrance, charm and captivating details.

Here are some examples of what your children will learn:

  • The seven-day order of creation.
  • How God is portrayed in medieval art.
  • What different type of halos signify.
  • The angelic hierarchy
  • What is a Globus Cruciger?
  • Why does God often hold calipers?
  • How to recognize the sign of blessing.
  • What a unicorn represents in medieval art.
  • Why God doesn’t smile in medieval art.

But serious art does not mean dull art. In this book trees talk, animals comment on their own creation and God’s toes explain the ancients’ reverence for the number seven. These fun, but reverent, talk bubbles and hide-and-seek games (can you find a hidden snail on each page?) will delight children’s curiosity and sense of fun, while the faithful, rhyming text and carefully-chosen art will delight their minds and tune their souls to recognize what Augustine called “Wisdom that was not made, but is now what it always was and ever shall be.”

Sample Pages from Creation of the World