Illustrated Book of Mormon Stories

by Brian Call, Karmel H. Newell

Illustrated Book of Mormon Stories
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What does a cimeter look like?

How many different animals are mentioned in the Book of Mormon?

Find out the answers to these and other questions in this vividly illustrated reader for the entire family. Expressive illustrations, color photographs, background information, and definitions will help your family understand the significance of each scripture story. A section on the gold plates and how they came to be translated and published as the Book of Mormon is also included. Perfect for bedtime stories, individual reading, family scripture study, or family home evening, this beautiful, timeless volume is a treasured edition to any LDS home library.

Review of Illustrated Book of Mormon Stories from Mormonletters.org

Illustrated Book of Mormon Stories is such an outstanding book and books of this lasting quality quickly become regarded as classics in their field. This one will be treasured by children and the adults who love them for years to come...Simply put, it is an over-the-top incredible volume."

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Unfortunately underwhelming -let me tell you why
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I was very excited to get this book. I’ve been waiting for a child’s version of BoM stories that was not cartoony for some time. Although the cover looked great, when I delved into it’s contents, I was very disappointed.

First the text: The retelling is OK but fairly dull. It is also riddled with inaccuracies. Some may be editorial errors (on pg. 35 we are told that the plates of Ether were made of “ore,” not gold). Others are just not accurate: “The people of Zarahemla became known as the Mulekites.” (pg. 29), Amulon became the leader of the Lamanites (pg. 33), the stripling warriors lead the Lamanite army into the land northward (pg. 77) (according to the map on pg 64, those are the Jaredite lands – Alma 56:36 just says they fled northward – big difference), the words of Moroni are put in the mouth of Ether (pg 103) and so on.

I consider the book small for the price but they did a good job including a wide range of stories. The layout is like a modern school textbook with a main text and educational tidbits on the borders. I don’t know if kids will like it but I did. I also like the inclusion of chapters on Lehi’s Dream, the Olive Tree Allegory and the writings of Isaiah all with great explanatory side notes. Well done!

The art is plentiful throughout the book and is quite an improvement over what we’ve seen lately and for that I am grateful. The illustrator’s skill in digital painting is clear. Unfortunately, the casting, posing and costumes come off more as a stake roadshow than an authentic view of ancient life. If this vision of the BoM were to be believed, the ancient Americas were peopled entirely by Norwegians or other Scandinavians, who have modern hair-cuts, at times wear modern clothing (blouses on pgs. 61 and 83) and many bathrobes.

This is now a world-wide church and there is no room for a vision of the BoM that is naively exclusionary. The Church has been working for years to try to help it’s members visualize the world-wide Church by providing much more diverse ethnic imagery but we seem slow to catch on. Page 110 shows the standard modern Mormon family reading the scriptures – they look like me, white European. That may have been the standard Mormon family in 1940 but it’s not anymore and we can’t keep illustrating it like that.

With the work of a visionary art director and a knowledgeable editor, it wouldn’t have taken much to make this a really amazing project but for me these small faults add up to a book I’m not sure I’ll get much use from. I guess I’ll have to wait for the next attempt.

Perfect
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

For a middle reader child who is learning more about the Book of Mormon.

Outstanding
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

"Illustrated Book of Mormon Stories" is such an outstanding book and books of this lasting quality quickly become regarded as classics in their field. This one will be treasured by children and the adults who love them for years to come. ...Simply put, it is an over-the-top incredible volume."
--Association for Mormon Letters

About the Authors

Brian Call

BRIAN CALL studied illustration at Ricks College and BYU. His illustrations have graced the Ensign and Friend magazines, as well as the children's books Illustrated Book of Mormon Stories and Illustrated Bible Stories for Latter-day Saints. Brian currently teaches in the art department at BYU-Idaho. He lives in Ammon, Idaho, with his wife and six children. Brian's children play the piano beautifully, but he never could put down his paper and pencils long enough to practice.

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Karmel H. Newell

Karmel H. Newell received her master's degree from the University of Utah. She is the author or coauthor of several books for children and families, including Come, Follow Me; The Trap; A Christmas Treasury for Latter-day Saint Families; and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. She and her husband, Lloyd D. Newell, are the parents of four children and reside in Alpine, Utah.

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