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A Child’s History of the Church, part 1

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 17, 2010

I fear that this 13-part series will be a disappointment after the charm of the Wilford Woodruff mission cartoons — there are no cliffhangers, no Teflon suits, no coordinating of the story with Bruce Crow’s intimate familiarity with local history. Still, it might be fun to follow on its own merits. The style will change in an installment or two to include more text in perhaps a slightly higher reading level, making it suitable for older children who like to read as well as young ones who like to color.

The artist, Nelson White, was a frequent contributor to the Children’s Friend — we’ve seen some of his work here before, in the 1952 Children’s Friend covers. Otherwise I know nothing about him; I’ll try to find out more during the course of this feature.

No author is named for the text. The series was published in the Children’s Friend.

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  1. I love the Joseph Smith story, but when I was a child it was a hard one to take, because of how it would end. I know as a grown up that was not the end and the work rolls forward but as a personal narrative it always broke my heart. When we would begin its study again I remember hoping that somehow this time the ending would be different.

    I love the style of the illustrations in this new one.

    Comment by Dovie — January 17, 2010 @ 9:19 am

  2. Nice artwork. Very mid-century. The depiction of the trees isn’t bad (like certain depictions, which are of dubious quality. Hint to artists: if your trees all look alike, you have a bit of a problem. Get a tree book. Read it.) (This isn’t too much of a tangent, since if you’re going to depict the Sacred Grove, you’re going to have to give some thought to the trees.)

    The Sacred Grove is a beautifully managed forest, especially with all the traffic it gets. If you’ve never been there, here are some lovely photos.

    I’m going to miss the Wilford Woodruff cliff-hangers. His adventures were so very dramatic. There are lots of people in the background of the Joseph Smith story, as it’s likely to be told to children, but many fewer “characters.”

    But of course, it’s a wonderful and amazing and marvelous story in its own right.

    Comment by Researcher — January 17, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

  3. It certainly has a different feel than the previous series. The story is straight forward and unambiguous, as you would expect from a children’s magazine. But it does make you wonder about the backstory. For example, why don’t we know that date of the first vision?

    Comment by Bruce Crow — January 17, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

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