Illustrated Book of Mormon Stories

by Brian Call, Karmel H. Newell

Illustrated Book of Mormon Stories
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HardcoverSKU 5063026


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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.

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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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Average rating

based upon 7 reviews
Confusing and wordy
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This was given to me as a gift for my son, but it is no easier to read than the actual Book of Mormon. In fact, I would say it is more difficult than scripture because the paragraphs are so long and dull. I can hardly make it through an entire story myself. The pictures are nice, but not enough to make up for the text.

Appropriate length stories for children's attention spans
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

We've found it very helpful to read the summary of the stories contained in the Book of Mormon, written using words our children are used to hearing. We read the story from this book first, then read the verses in the BOM that match the story, and watch the BOM video clip. We don't necessarily do all three all the time, but I think it's wonderful to have different options to teach our children about the gospel. The book has also been helpful for me, as a convert, to quickly review the stories and help me gain a better mastery of the BOM characters.

Great for children
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book is well written and understandable from a child's point of view. I gave this to my grandson for his birthday and he is really enjoying it. Thanks for giving us something worthwhile and educational.

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

We have five small children. While they love to hold their scriptures, and they know they are special, they get a bit bored during scripture time.. We often can't read enough scriptures in one sitting to get a full story read or explained. Basically we've really been wanting something to help capture their interest and help them learn the scripture stories more easily. We want them to love the scriptures and associate good memories & feelings with them that will last them their lifetime.

This book is great at assisting the scriptures by explaining things on a more basic, summarized level. The illustrations are gorgeous and keep the kids interest because they want to know what is going on. Every night the kids are eager to sit and listen to learn what is going to happen next. I love this book because I feel like its helping my children not only love the scriptures, but it's also helping them actually understand the stories.

It's written using many of the same words as from the scriptures, so often I'll read parts of it, and then kind of reword it or ask them if they know what certain words mean (great for building vocabulary and scriptural understanding). Each story is just the right length. We read one each night.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to help their child(ren) understand the scriptures well as to give their children a really good association with scripture reading. Something that they can look back on with fondness and associate a love with scripture reading. Of course, being a good story teller and trying to make it be as interesting as possible is a good idea too:-)

We still have scripture time, so this doesn't replace it, but it does help them understand better that these stories are in there. Thank you to the people involved in making this book. We love it.

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

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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

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.

About the Authors

Brian Call

Brian Call is an illustrator and an educator. He lives and works in Ammon, Idaho, with his wife and kids. Brian served as a missionary in Puerto Rico and loved the time he spent sharing the gospel with the people there. Now his kids are growing up and leaving home to serve missions of their own. Brian has illustrated Practicing for Heaven, Illustrated Book of Mormon Stories, and Illustrated Bible Stories for Latter-day Saints and many other books. Brian also shares his love of drawing as a teacher in the art department at BYU-Idaho.

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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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