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, including Monty's Christmas, 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

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.

Michael Reeves

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

My grandchildren loved this book—and so did I. Both the pictures and the words have made the Bible's story of redemption clear and beautiful. This is a book that invites us in.

Kathleen Nielson

Director of Women's Initiatives at The Gospel Coalition

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.

Gloria Furman

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

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 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!



I recently gave this to my nephew (soon 6) and niece (soon 3), from a Christian home, and apparently they love it! I heard about Catalina Echeverri's work through friends and have since bought a number of her books as gifts. The books are faithful to God's word and look beautiful. They're a wonderful gift for both Christian and non-Christians, from whom I've had very positive responses.



I bought this book as a gift for my grandsons at Easter and then discovered that they already had a copy and loved it. It is excellent, engaging and communicates the truth of Easter.



Used this for school values club...amazing they understood and asked questions ...the big cross really stood out and get the children to a a point of clarity


“Pure Gold”

A Bible overview in a children's Easter book? Genesis joy to Revelation wonder via the fall, the temple and the cross? In a children's book?! YES! And it is brilliant. The awesome truths of God's love, purity, salvation plan, victory, and grace are communicated with clarity and very engagingly. The rich illustrations support and extend the narrative. This was read upon opening and has been demanded twice more already today (Easter Sunday). Worth every penny to buy and give to our son and all our godchildren.


“Great Sunday School Resource”

Having just been through the 'Jesus Storybook Bible' with our Sunday School (mixed ages from 1 to 8) we wanted to keep the theme of the whole story of the bible pointing to Jesus and what he came to do for us. This story has been a great resource to do just that. We have used it alongside the activity books which each child has had as we have been going through the book bit by bit. Lovely colourful pictures and introduces the theme of Sin and our need to get back to God in ways children can grasp. Would throughly recommend. We have made the story last over about 4-5 weeks breaking it down into chunks.


“A simple and faithful bible overview”

A really simple bible overview that helps children to see God's plan from Genesis to Revelation. This book focuses on the implications of human disobedience and how Jesus enables humans to live again in the presence of God. The book has great illustrations, simple repeated language, a clear message and a short application at the end. My children aged 3 and 5 love it.

I was given this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.


“What a beautiful book”

What a beautiful book this is. Before you even start to read it, the colourful pictures stand out from a long way away; my children are a bit older now but i can imagine that this would be a book that would really catch their eye. The book tells the story of the gospel - from the creation of the world to the death and resurrection of Jesus; at this stage in the story the pictures lose their colour and are much greyer to reflect what’s happening. The book finishes with a prompt to the reader to respond to what they’ve read.

This is a great book to use to introduce young children to the message of the gospel, as presented in the Bible. The colours and pictures make it a book that children would want to read and it’s true to the gospel so you can be confident that you’re explaining the story accurately.

I was given this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.



The book made a significant impression on my grandson (5) to the extent that my daughter was concerned that it was perhaps too graphic in its presentation of the cross. He just wanted it read over and over again. After several days he declared that he wanted to be Jesus' friend.


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The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross | Carl Laferton, Catalina Echeverri | £8.99 £5.99