Miracle Puzzlers by William Schlegl, with artwork by Len Epstein, is ideal for homeschoolers, Sunday school classrooms, or kids who love to do puzzles in their spare time.
On almost every page of this 63 page book there are word puzzles related to Jesus' miracles. There are lots of codes to solve (including those requiring multiplication skills to figure out), synonyms to list, a few pictures to draw, a search-a-word and a crossword. You'll also find answer pages and suggestions for use for parents or teachers.
What I Like: This is a great way to help children develop reading, writing, math, and critical thinking skills while dwelling on Jesus. The black and white illustrations are professional and cartoonish (and perfect for coloring). There's also a helpful scripture reference in the back of the book.
What I Dislike: Because of the font, the text is often hard to read. Most (but not all) of the difficult-to-read text is for parents or teachers.
Overall Rating: Very good.
Age Appeal: While the author claims the book is for "students of all ages," this book is much too advanced for children who can't read or who don't understand basic addition. Some puzzles require higher skills, such as multiplication. Although children might learn these skills at different ages, the majority of kids aren't doing them until age 7 or older.
Publisher Info: Concordia, 2009; ISBN: 0758616058; paperback; $10.99