The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross

The true story of why Jesus died and rose again

Teach children why Jesus died and rose again and why that’s the best news ever.

Part of the Tales that Tell the Truth series.

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This beautiful hardback Bible storybook for 3-6 year olds takes children on a journey from the Garden of Eden to God’s perfect new creation. It is a gospel presentation that focuses on the significance of the temple curtain. God said “because of your sin you can’t come in”, but the moment the curtain tore in two, everything changed.

Children will learn that Jesus breaks down the barrier of sin between us and God so that we can enjoy him for ever.

Stunningly illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, author and illustrator of several bestselling children's books and all the books in the 'Tales that Tell the Truth' series from The Good Book Company.

Written by Carl Laferton, author of Christmas Uncut and Original Jesus and Editorial Director of The Good Book Company.

This beautifully produced and biblically faithful book makes a perfect gift.

There is also an accompanying Easter Calendar with family devotions which takes a more in depth look at the passages that underpin the storybook.

Also check out our full size images to use in presentations if reading to a large audience, the colouring and activity book and the free word search and colouring sheet that you can download from the bottom of this page.

Product details


Age range: 3 - 6
Author Carl Laferton, Catalina Echeverri
ISBN 9781784980122
Format Hardback
First published February 2016
Dimensions 220mm x 260mm x 10mm
Language English
Pages 32
Publisher The Good Book Company

R. Albert Mohler, Jr

President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Faithful, theologically rich children's books are a rare treat in Christian publishing. Laferton has provided us one of the best little treatments of biblical theology available for parents to read to their children. The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross not only teaches children stories in the Bible but the story of the Bible - one that culminates in the atoning work of Jesus Christ who gives broken sinners access to God. This book is a tremendous resource for parents and children who want to better understand the grand storyline of Scripture.

Gloria Furman

Cross-cultural worker, author of The Pastor's Wife and Missional Motherhood

I am so excited about this book! It is colorful, engaging, and creative, and that's just the icing on the cake! Our children receive invitations to participate in many different stories—stories of who they are, their purpose, and what God is like. The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross is a brilliant re-telling of the one story that rules all other stories. I cannot commend this book highly enough. Read it to your children, give it to your neighbours, and talk about what it means to live in light of the fact that the curtain has been torn.

Michael Reeves

President and Professor of Theology at Union School of Theology, Oxford; author of Rejoicing in Christ

This is quite superb. Beautifully written and illustrated, this tells the story of the gospel so captivatingly that little ones will want to read it again and again. I’m sure it will win many young lives to Christ.

Independent reviews

"Stunning artwork"

Victoria, GodVenture, February 29th 2016

It’s both a fresh way of telling the Easter story as well as good way to share the meaning of the cross.... continue reading


Megan, Redeemed Reader, October 3rd 2016

This remarkable picture book beautifully depicts the creation-fall-redemption story in a way that is fresh if you already know it, and clear if you don’t.... continue reading


Catherine Brookes, Mum in Zone One, February 2nd 2016

I think Carl Laferton has done an exceptional job of simplifying an essential truth which could easily come across as very complicated … He makes articulating doctrine seem like child’s play.... continue reading

Customer reviews


“Fantastic Resource”

(Review written for 'Download the full-size illustrations - The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross')

Great artwork. Creative way of explaining the Gospel to children.


“A great book to help children learn to read the Bible!”

When I was teaching my Sunday children's group on Exodus 24 and the holiness of God, one of the young boys who has read this book said 'because of our sin, we can't come in'. I can't think of a better recommendation for this really helpful Bible overview of God's good garden, our terrible sin and all Jesus did to invite us back in again. It helps children understand who God is and how kind he has been to us, and gives them tools to understand the Bible from a young age. Highly recommend.


“Wonderful biblical book”

A lovely book with beautiful illustrations which together tells biblical truths. I have the whole collection of these books and they are all wonderful. Great for children and adults for easy bed time reading!


“Really helpful and clear book”

(Review written for 'Download the full-size illustrations - The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross')

We really enjoyed reading this excellent little book that contains so much theology! Thanks for clearly presenting Christ to us.


“Helpful in making the story come alive”

(Review written for 'Download the full-size images - The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross')

It's been very helpful to my storytelling (especially in our lockdown times via Zoom!) to be able to tell the story in a way that respects copyright and makes kids able to see it on their screens. This GBC initiative of providing the graphics for their children's books has been a massive encouragement for me to continue focusing on reading it well rather than finding ways the children can even see the book!



(Review written for 'Download the full-size images - The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross')

Thank you very much for making available the Garden, the Curtain and the Cross on line. I printed off two of the wonderful pictures and used them to help tell the Easter story from John 20. Your generosity is much appreciated at this time of on-line teaching.


“Great Resource”

(Review written for 'Download the full-size images - The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross')

This is such a good resource and so helpful - we used it for one of our first online services and it was perfect!


“An excellent book for children which explains the gospel beautifully.”

This is an excellent book for children and explains the gospel beautifully. Great illustrations too. I bought the Easter and activity book that goes with it. Enjoyed opening the calendar each morning with my grandson and reading the Easter story. Great resource


“Fantastic and engaging.”

A fantastic book that engages the reader (young or old). It clearly links key events in the Bible showing how and why they matter. We often read this book with our children and have given many copies to friends and family as well.


“Fantastic thanks”

(Review written for 'Download the full size images - The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross')

We've loved this book for a long time now and the pictures, with all the colour and charm and detail to be explored, are brilliant. I bought the picture file when I needed to teach it in Sunday school, and having the pictures was so helpful for the teaching. Thank you!

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