Saturday, October 30, 2010

Seek and Find Bible Stories

If your kids enjoy the mainstream Where's Waldo books, they are sure to love Seek and Find Bible Stories by Carl Anker Mortensen, also. This is a superb, over sized (about 12 by 9 1/2 inches) book using settings from the Bible to "hide" a boy named Mike. Each two page spread features a highly detailed scene that takes up most of the pages, in addition to text that speaks briefly about the scene, offers questions and things to look for, plus one biblical quotation. And, naturally, readers are encouraged to find Mike somewhere in the illustration.

For example, for the two page spread on the Tower of Babel, one paragraph explains the basics of the biblical story. Then there are 5 questions, including "Can you find the missing horseshoe?" and "What game do you think the children are playing with the camel?" Then Genesis 11:1 - 9 is quoted.

Other Bible stories included are:

* Creation
* Noah's ark
* Israeli slaves in Egypt
* The parting of the Red Sea
* The war against the Amalekites
* Eating manna
* Jericho
* Daily life in Isreal
* Samson
* David and Goliath
* The Ark of the Covenant
* Building the temple
* Jesus' birth
* Young Jesus in the temple
* The wedding in Cana
* Jesus clearing the temple
* Jesus healing the man who can't walk
* The Beatitudes
* The sick woman who touched Jesus
* Jesus feeding 5,000
* Zacchaeus
* Jesus' entry into Jerusalem
* Pentecost
* The apostles healing many
* Stephen
* Angels praising Jesus

What I Like: This book offers a nice mix of biblical passages that tend to get little attention when it comes to children's literature and Bible stories that are found in nearly every children's book. The illustrations by Jose Perez Montero are excellent; they remind me of Peter Spier's illustrations. They are full of fun details, and are the sort of thing many children will enjoy pouring over for hours.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: 4 - 8.

Publishing Info: Zonderkidz, 2008; ISBN: 978-0310717591; hardback, 64 pgs., $9.99

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1 comment:

Joanna said...

Looks like such a great book....thanks for sharing!!