The Jesus Book, written by Stephen Elkins and illustrated by Claudine Ge'vry, is the solution I've found! This is the best laid out, most organized children's book about Jesus that I've ever seen. Elkins lays out the life of Jesus in 7 chapters, titled:
1. Who Jesus Is
2. What Jesus Did
3. What Jesus Taught
4. When It Happened
5. Where It Happened
6. Why It Happened
7. How It Happened
Elkins does a magnificent job of simplifying and explaining Jesus' life and ministry, in addition to why this information is important - for a life-long, eternal relationship with Him!
My children both loved the book. Emma especially loved the timeline in Chapter 4.
My only negative thought on this book concerns the illustrations. They are wonderful illustrations, but to me they look like illustrations for a 4 or 5 year old. Meanwhile, I think the writing of the book is better suited for a 7 to 9 year old child. So to me, the two don't quite gel.
Included in this book was a CD consisting of 30 classic children's Bible songs. My girls play this CD constantly, and I love that they are learning these "oldies but goodies".
All in all, I'm very happy to add this book to our library. It's definitely a keeper!
( I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing as part of their Book Review Blogger Program).