Let’s face it: there are many verses in the Bible that are difficult to explain to children. As adults we too can sometimes struggle by trying to understand or interpret biblical quotes. Jesus knew we’d need help understanding His messages, and it was common for Him to teach through parables.
So it makes sense that one of the best ways to teach children about the Bible is by sharing biblical messages through metaphors or figurative stories.
Author Kristina Schoettle does an excellent job connecting to this awareness in her picture book The Restless Caterpillar, in which she takes biblical quotes and turns them into heavenly allegories for children. Her story centers around a young caterpillar who is anxious to learn to fly, based on the Bible verse:
What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)
The caterpillar goes through a series of trials to learn that with a little patience God will reveal our full potential.
Illustrations by Christopher Schoettle.
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Copyright 2020 Andrea Bear
About the Author
Andrea Bear is a wife, mom, and teacher in Northern California. She runs a blog called Life in the Grace Lane and also contributes to Catholic Stand and Today's Catholic Teacher magazine. When she's not writing or taking her kids to volleyball practice you can find her sipping coffee from the neighborhood coffee establishments or tasting wine from the local vineyards.