Grandpa’s Box: Retelling the Biblical Story of Redemption by Starr Meade
Looking for an overview of the Bible from Creation to Revelation in a fun read aloud? This book might be just what you’re looking for!
Grandpa loves to hang out with his grandchildren, Amy and Marc. He owns a trash-to-treasure shop where the children spend hours playing. One day, he decides to show the children his very own treasure box where he keeps wooden figurines he’s carved over the years. Each of these figurines represents a story from the Bible.
Over many visits, Grandpa tells the children chronological stories from the Bible. Rather than just being the same old retellings the children have heard before, though, Grandpa tells them as a war story. He first intrigues the children by telling them he’s involved in a war right now. When they don’t believe him, he begins with the story of Adam and Eve and the war that began as soon as the serpent entered the Garden of Eden.
From there, each new Bible story is told from the perspective of how it fits into this war that still rages today. The chapter titles are very cute. I’ll give you a few examples which should help you see how the author ties the Bible into the war theme…
- Chapter 1o, Commander in Chief – Moses
- Chapter 15, A Foreigner Enlists – Ruth
- Chapter 19, A Guided Missile – The Death of King Ahab
- Chapter 32, Victory from Defeat – The Resurrection of Jesus
- Chapter 42, Victory at Last – Revelation
At 42 chapters and 282 pages, Grandpa’s Box is a fairly long book, but most chapters can be read in 5-10 minutes. My children enjoyed hearing the familiar stories in this fresh, exciting format and always begged for one more chapter!