Monday, September 26, 2011

The Awesome Book of Bible Stories for Kids – Sandy Silverthorn

Publisher:  Harvest House
Pages:  144
Source: NetGalley
Genre:  Middle Grade Bible Stories 

Award-winning writer and illustrator Sandy Silverthorne pairs biblical accounts with contemporary technology and culture. The result is a hilarious and informative blend of Bible lessons and modern-day applications. Kids ages 6 to 12 will instantly relate to Bible characters and eternal truths presented from a twenty-first-century kid’s perspective. Stories are introduced with improbable questions that will draw young readers in and stimulate their thinking. For example, what if…

Noah’s ark was a cruise ship?
Gideon vs. the Midianites was replayed as a video game?
Nehemiah’s rebuilding of Jerusalem was featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition?
These comical illustrations and thoroughly up-to-date retellings of Bible stories will captivate young minds and hearts while maintaining the integrity of the characters and message.

My Thoughts :
I loved this book.   It is a wonderful way of getting kids to think about Bible Stories.   It takes the Bible Story and asks a twisted question to make the reader think.  At the same time it is giving the true story and where to locate it in the Bible.

I read a part of one of the stories to my mother.  She reminded me of a time when I was eighteen and taught Children’s Church with her.  We had this very age group.  I had a ventriloquist puppet who told an introduction to our Bible Story.  My nieces remember a time I was telling the David and Goliath story and “Johnny” called Goliath a basket ball player because of his height.  The kids all knew he was a giant, yet when we talked about him being so tall he could have been the star on the basketball team they “got it”.  I have to say that Sandy Silverthorne has come up with much better stories than I ever did.  This is a book that is a must have for every family.  It is one I plan on putting on my shelves at school.  It is just twisted enough many kids who would not normally read it might pick it up.

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