Monday, July 24, 2017

Bible Sleuth: New Testament by José Pérez Montero

My thoughts:  My grandchildren absolutely love these search-and-find story books and when the emphasis is on Bible themes they are truly a go-to product to acquire. In this new publication illustrated by José Pérez Montero the young reader (I think upwards to age 12) will enjoy searching out the hidden characters (shown in a sidebar). Each two page spread is a story with the text in a side paragraph briefly presenting the Biblical story. The pages are simply packed with humorously drawn characters. They seem to nicely represent the middle eastern individual in appearance and dress and are presented in a somewhat caricature style.

Cute young "current times" Mike is also frolicking amongst the Biblical times characters and Mike is wearing his ball cap and red striped shirt. Also on a funny note, there is a wheelchair and a kid on a scooter. What else can the reader find that is funny?

The stories include Jesus' birth and childhood as well as his earthly ministry. Jesus clearing the temple is packed with action. Then after Christ's death (not covered here), Pentecost, the apostles healing, and Stephen's death are stories covered. These are not usually covered in a young child's book and I found it refreshing to see them given this attention and gentle presentation.

Concluding the book is "A Crowd of People Praising God." This is a stylized version of Revelation 19:6-9 when God gave John a vision of heaven and of a large crowd of people praising God. Since no one knows what God looks like or what heaven will actually be like, this interpretation is as good as any. It is an imaginative interpretation and o.k.

I like these books because they grab the child's attention and he or she focuses on action that is coordinated with a Bible story. This imprints the Bible story in the child's mind quite nicely and affords future recollection.

About the book: Based on the Where's Waldo concept and adapted for Bible themes, Bible Sleuth: New Testament introduces young readers to stories about Jesus and the early church, while engaging them in seek-and-find activities. Perfect for young Bible sleuths, complete with activities that take readers back to Biblical times.

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Tyndale Blog Network to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and freely given.

1 comment:

  1. My kids would surely enjoy these! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday at this week!


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