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It’s never too soon to know your Bible–and here’s a fantastic resource for young readers (ages 5-8) to explain the most important things and terms of scripture. “Know Your Bible for Kids–What Is That?” is based on the two-million selling handbook “Know Your Bible, ” and describes 101 of the most interesting and important objects and ideas of scripture. With clear, age-appropriate text explaining each term’s story and relevance, it’s colorfully illustrated and designed to enhance both the fun and the learning. Each entry includes a key verse and a “What Does That Mean?” section for personal application.
Our son devours non-fiction books, magazines, and even product labels only to recall them later usually to our astonishment and/or amusement (like the little boy in Jerry Maguire). For this reason, when I saw Know Your Bible for Kids: What Is That? I thought it would be the perfect book to feed his appetite for trivia.
When the book arrived I noted that it was small (5″X7″), with an eye catching cover, and 127 pages defining bible terms, objects, and major events. The majority of the scripture quotations are taken from the New Living Version, New International Readers Version, and the New Living Translation. Readers will find, the text to be simple and uncluttered with illustrations appearing every 2-4 pages. Each page is outlined in this way:
- What is that? A brief description of one of the 101 words.
- What is it all about? How the word is used in the Bible.
- What’s an important verse about that? Using a verse from one of the before mentioned translations to put the word in context.
- What does that mean to me? This is my favorite: the application portion.
This is not a book that a child would sit down and read from cover to cover. Rather, it’s a dictionary and a resource to be used when studying God’s Word. It could easily be incorporated into family devotions or a homeschool lesson when unfamiliar terms arise. Furthermore, I can envision children’s ministry leaders referring to it for clarification of terms, such as parable, salvation, sin, or anointing, is needed. Another example of its use could be explaining more obscure concepts like The Trinity, the Kingdom of God, Jesus as our High Priest, and the Body of Christ.
Despite it’s positive attributes for educators, this title does not make my list of home library must-haves. The main reason is because it failed to hold our son’s interest; something that I attribute, at least in part, to the lack of illustrations. The other reason, a matter of personal preference, has to do with the predominate use of the New Living Translation. When I teach I usually draw from the ESV, or NIV translations. As a result Know Your Bible for Kids: What is That? earns a GOOD rating of 3/5 stars – for it’s clarity and simplicity as a classroom resource.