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.
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 191 x 133 x 10 mm
Jesus by Nancy I. Sanders is part of the Get to Know series of biographies for young readers. It beautifully provides an historical account of not only Jesus' earthly life, but also God's plan from the beginning (Adam and Eve) to the end of times (Revelation), weaving archaeological evidence with the story of the Bible.
The theology is sound, although the first chapter is somewhat difficult to follow as the author attempts to simplify thousands of years of history and the story of sin and evil. Readers who are not familiar with the Old Testament or the full story of Jesus may find this section confusing.
A strong feature is the use of graphics throughout the book, including maps, photographs, and reproductions of religious masterpieces. Stylized sidebars-e.g., "Scripture," "Bible Hero," "Eyewitness Account," "Did You Know?," and "Word Bank"-positioned in each chapter provide additional information. Their design is reminiscent of a web page, making the book more user-friendly for today's young reader. The "Word Bank" feature highlights not only religious terms (e.g., Messiah, repent), but also words used in our everyday language (e.g., insisted, obedient).
The writing is fourth- to fifth-grade level based on a Flesch scale, but with 12 well-defined chapters the book also makes an excellent read-aloud for younger children and provides good material for vocabulary building or a first book report assignment. The inclusion of a timeline, glossary, and bibliography makes it a good reference book for a child's home library. Readers of Imagination Station, the popular Adventures in Odyssey series by Focus on the Family, may be enticed to read this Get to Know series (Sanders co-authored several of the later Imagination Station books). Common Core Standards are noted on the back, which may be helpful for schools and libraries that are participating in this program.
Martha Jo Dendinger, CLJ * Christian Library Journal *