The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross Storybook

The true story of why Jesus died and rose again

from 52 reviews

Bible storybook that teaches young children the gospel, helping them to understand why Jesus died and rose again.

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

This bestselling book is written by Carl Laferton, who is also the author of God's Big Promises Bible Storybook, and serves as series editor of the God's Word for You series.

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

Linked with other products in The The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross range:
Board book for 1-3s
Colouring and Activity Book for 4-8s
Full size illustrations to show on a big screen when reading to a large audience
An Easter Calendar including a 32-page book of devotions for families with children 5-8
• A six-session Sunday School resource with age-differentiated lesson plans for 3-5s, 5-8s, and 8-12s

There are also some free downloadable materials in the 'extras' section below.

Product details


Age range: 3+
Contributors Carl Laferton, Catalina Echeverri
ISBN 9781784980122
Format Hardback
First published September 2017
Dimensions 220mm x 260mm x 10mm
Weight 0.43 kg
Language English
Pages 32
Publisher The Good Book Company

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R. Albert Mohler Jr

President, 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

Author of Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full and The Pastor's Wife

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 of Union School of Theology

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


Catherine Brooks, Mum in Zone One, Feb. 2, 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

June 13, 2024


While The Garden, The Curtain and The Cross is a children's book, all ages can learn from the spiritual connections it makes between the Old and New Testaments. Carl Laferton has become my favorite author of Children's books.

April 27, 2024

“Great images for a read-a-loud”

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

These images were amazing. I used them for a read-a-loud with a large number of kids. I read from the book and they see the images on a screen. It works wonderfully!!

April 4, 2024

“Beautiful and Biblical”

This is one of my highest-recommended children's books! We bulk-ordered it and passed them out to all the kids at our church on Easter Sunday! A comprehensive Biblical look at the whole Gospel in terms children can understand and adults can enjoy.

April 4, 2024


Kids love it and request to re-read it constantly!

April 2, 2024

“Great resource for Easter”

(Review written for 'The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross Story Plus Easter Calendar and 4 Coloring Books Bundle')

We used this in collaboration with and Easter event we held for families at our church. Families were given this outside of the event but then at the event, the story was read and a storyboard craft was created by all families attending. The partnership of both pieces allowed us to have a united Lent discipleship moment for our families!

March 3, 2024

“Wonderful book, highly recommended”

This is lovely book which gives the big overarching story of the gospel in a very relevant way with great illustrations.

Feb. 22, 2024

“Great book for kids”

It kept my kids’ attention and has a great message!

Jan. 24, 2024

“Love this book”

This is a wonderful book. Our church shared this with us and we got a copy to read at home to the kids. The story is great and the images are engaging for the kids.

Dec. 26, 2023

“Solid truth for children young & old”

I am not easy to impress when it comes to Christian children’s books, as it is hard to find one that strikes the balance of child-level communication while still maintaining the depth and fullness of the Word of God. The Garden, The Curtain, and The Cross blew me away. Honestly, as a 30-something who has been in church her whole life, I have drawn understanding and insight for myself from the simplicity but DEPTH and big picture biblical perspective of this book. Thank you for remaining faithful to the truth of God’s Word without dumbing it down and without admixture of the world’s philosophies. This book is gold.

Dec. 13, 2023

“great for little minds”

This book is excellent for young children to understand the saving work of Christ

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