2/29/2008 Editor's note: "The Purple Puzzle Tree" is no longer available from the source mentioned when this article was published, nor is the staff of The Lutheran able to help with requests to help locate the books.
Tiger, tiger, tell me do you fly? Do you slink around the ground or soar about the sky? God made tigers, God made you and me, to fit together piece by piece in a purple puzzle tree. ... You will find the pieces fit, much to your surprise, when you learn to see God's world through laughing children's eyes."
Anyone raised on "The Purple Puzzle Tree" Bible stories, popular in the 1970s, recalls the delightful songs— then on record— accompanied by 36 colorful storybooks. The original series sold more than 2 million copies.
Norman Habel, the Lutheran Church of Australia pastor who created the series, credits his children for the original inspiration and his Tamil (a South Indian ethnic group) daughter for God's younger image in the re-release. "When I talked with a group of children, they wanted a face that made them happy. And when I asked my Tamil daughter how we could have God looking so young, she pointed to the baby Jesus," Habel says. "God becomes incarnate in a human form we relate to, not in the form that is old, cold and distant."
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