The characters in the book, Max and Molly (along with their dog, Sam), are cub reporters, working with Mr. Chase. They are looking for facts and information so they can write the story of Jonah for the Nineveh News. They search the scriptures, and elicit the reader’s help, to find answers to the journalists’ questions: Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How?
The book is divided into four chapters, each chapter relating to a different aspect of the story of Jonah. Each chapter is broken down into five days’ worth of activities. Observation Worksheets are given in the back of the book to go along with each chapter. If you keep pace with the book, you will finish the “assignments” in about a month.
Along the way in each chapter there are several puzzles to solve. Scripture references are given for the puzzles. At the end of the five days’ activities, the reader is supposed to be able to “write” one part of Jonah’s story from a journalist's perspective. A sample “article” is included with key words left out for the reader to fill in themselves. Each chapter ends with an “Extra” activity or craft that relates to the story of Jonah. Answers to all the puzzles are included at the end of the book.
The illustrations by Scoti Domeij include the puzzles as well as cartoon-like line drawings that emphasize points in the text.
What I Like: Everything. This is a great way to approach Bible study with all the hands-on activities. Kids should love it.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: 9-12.
Publisher Info: Harvest House Publishers, 2010; ISBN: 9780736928199; Paperback, $9.99.
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Special Info: Part of the publisher’s Discover 4 Yourself Inductive Bible Studies for Kids.