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About the Book:
Jesus – part of the Get to Know series – is a unique biography about Jesus, the son of God. Focusing on the life and character of this Biblical hero, using color photographs, maps, and other visual resources to tell the whole story, young biography fans will come to learn more about this man of the God and the role he plays in history. Featuring a bibliography and scriptural references throughout, this is sure to become a favorite for young readers and for first book reports.
The Get to Know series by Nancy I. Sanders is a great way to introduce Biblical characters and history in an age friendly way – with full color illustrations and pictures and fun informational facts along the way. I chose to review the book, Jesus, which even though most children know about Him still don’t know the historical facts surrounding Him and the times during which He lived and ministered. This 122 page book covers more than just facts about Jesus such as what it was like living under Roman rule as a Jew, what festivals and why they were celebrated, along with information about his miraculous birth and His death and resurrection. The only thing I disagree with is on page 36 when the author states “Jesus had sisters and at least four brothers. His brothers’ names were James, Joseph, Simon and Judas.” – I’ve not seen Scriptural evidence that shows that Mary had other children, not that it would be horrible if she did, but I don’t think it’s been proven as Biblical or historical that Jesus had earthly siblings except for Brothers and Sisters as they are related to Him through a new birth.
That said, this book is really great, the full color illustrations and pictures, some from historical places and paintings from famous painters add a real glimpse into what was Jesus’ life like and also about Him as a person. I enjoy that the author does include the fact that archeologists even acknowledge the fact that there are real evidences found that the stories told in the Bible including Jesus are proven fact in the archeological record. There are quotes by those who study the Bible including the historian Josephus and maps that show how the Temple would have looked during Jesus’ life and where Roman control was centered. There are several icons through out the book such as, Scripture (these tell you where to find more information in the Bible itself), Bible hero, Eyewitness Account, Did You Know and a word bank – all these help children in understanding more about Jesus.
At the end there is a timeline of Jesus’ life and comparing it to world history, which puts things a bit more into an understandable time frame for children, a glossary of all the words from the word bank, selected biography, source notes and student resources. The back cover of the book also makes note that the book is aligned to Common Core Standards which may be good for those children who are in schools that align to common core. I know this will be enjoyed by my children for a long time to come and can’t wait to read the others in the series which include Mary, King David and the Apostle Paul – hopefully there will be more to follow – a great way to write a report on Jesus and make understanding His life a bit easier.
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