|Contributor||Nancy I. Sanders|
|Publish Date||Jul 8, 2014|
- Review by The IE Mommy
I love that this reaches kids on their level and is so much more down to earth and relatable for them than the Bible. It's based on the Bible and Biblically accurate; just interpreted more for kids.
I actually really enjoyed reading this with Reed because of all the amazing images, maps and diagrams that really brought Jesus's life, to life!
The large print helps little ones read it and the vocabulary defined at the bottom of the pages helps them understand words that aren't used in their everyday life like "ark" or "Savior." The need for this was dead on because so often Reed would ask me what something meant and there it was for him at the bottom!
So much of Jesus's life as an adult is what Sunday school typically focusses on and I like that this shows him as a boy, just like my Reed, that had a normal life of school and church and learning and growing. It's important for my kids to see him that way; as a human being just like them, to find him more relatable.
Get to Know Jesus: A Full Color Biography for Kids is great for little ones to learn about Jesus in terms and images that they can really understand. (Posted on 7/25/14)
- Review by Sarah
That said, this book is really great, the full color illustrations and pictures, some from historical places and paintings from famous painters add a real glimpse into what was Jesus’ life like and also about Him as a person. I enjoy that the author does include the fact that archeologists even acknowledge the fact that there are real evidences found that the stories told in the Bible including Jesus are proven fact in the archeological record. There are quotes by those who study the Bible including the historian Josephus and maps that show how the Temple would have looked during Jesus’ life and where Roman control was centered. There are several icons through out the book such as, Scripture (these tell you where to find more information in the Bible itself), Bible hero, Eyewitness Account, Did You Know and a word bank – all these help children in understanding more about Jesus.
At the end there is a timeline of Jesus’ life and comparing it to world history, which puts things a bit more into an understandable time frame for children, a glossary of all the words from the word bank, selected biography, source notes and student resources. The back cover of the book also makes note that the book is aligned to Common Core Standards which may be good for those children who are in schools that align to common core. I know this will be enjoyed by my children for a long time to come and can’t wait to read the others in the series which include Mary, King David and the Apostle Paul – hopefully there will be more to follow – a great way to write a report on Jesus and make understanding His life a bit easier.
**I was given a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given. (Posted on 6/28/14)
- Review by Kristen
12 easy to read chapters
5 symbols: Scripture, Bible Hero, Eyewitness Account, Did You Know, and Word Bank
Timeline of Jesus
Real Items featured, not everything is a drawing or cartoon
Overall, I honestly love these books! I have never seen such an amazing biography for kids based on the Bible. I am honestly blown away at how easy these are to read, how interesting the pictures are, and how educational they are for the young readers. My kids asked so many questions during these books, it was a wonderful time before bed and they learned instead of just pictured the story. I highly recommend these books to anyone who has school aged children; they are just perfect for them, and on top of that perfect for the beginning reader.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free through booklook bloggers in exchange for a honest review on my blog, all thoughts and opinions herein are that of my own. (Posted on 6/28/14)