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The Beginning (The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls, Book 1) Paperback – August 8, 2017
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Thomas's first book in the Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series sends siblings Peter, nine, and Mary, 10, traveling through time to witness the creation of all things, as described in the book of Genesis, after they find a powerful scroll.
It is good! God's voice booms after each step of creation, and the archangel Michael swoops in to help the children when they're caught swimming in a sea without end.
You are the only people right now, so I don't have much going on yet, he tells them. While faithfully reflecting biblical accounts, Thomas injects magic and humor into the story, which continues in Race to the Ark, available simultaneously. Ages 6-9. --Publishers Weekly
In the first adventure in the series, Peter and Mary find themselves witnesses to the creation of the world just as God is speaking it into existence. Can they unlock the mystery of the scrolls before they get trapped in history forever? Children will discover the answer as the two characters ride rhinos, meet the angel Michael, and talk to a certain snake in the Garden of Eden. Riveting text and engaging illustrations bring this beloved Bible story to riotous life.
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Mike Thomas wanted such stories for his own children so they could learn in a fun, imaginative way. Since he found none to his liking, he decided to write his own series. Hence "The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls" was born.
I don't have kiddies at home anymore, but I do have grandchildren and I do love to see Christian school libraries stocked with books that present Christian truths in a readable, fun, entertaining way. As I began reading my advance reader's copy of book one in the series, "The Beginning," I immediately saw that the writing style was easy flowing and well written using good grammar (no, this is sadly not necessarily a truism in children's books), and written as to assume the reader has intelligence and can comprehend.
The story method here is a bit of escapism and fantasy into time travel where they, Peter and Mary and the dog, go back to the beginning - the Creation - and..... well, you simply must read it yourself, won't you? There are 107 pages with a sprinkling of cute illustrations and the age 6 to 9 reader will surely enjoy.
DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary advance readers copies to facilitation review and promotional activities. I was not compensated. Opinions are my own.
But when Uncle Solomon shows them the hidden scrolls, they are thrust into an adventure that they never could have imagined to witness the beginning!
Come along on this fun-filled Bible adventure as Mary and Peter discover The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls. I was so excited to be able to review this book, I'm always on the lookout for great new books for children that are clean and teach valuable lessons for the church library, as I am one of the assistants. This book did not disappoint. Full of adventure, and humor this is a great read for 2nd-4th grade readers who are just getting started on chapter books. I loved that this brand new book series is aimed at this age group, because I have noticed that is is one of the hardest ages to find good quality reads for, so I was thrilled to have found this great series!
A wonderful read for young readers who are gaining confidence with chapter books, full of adventure and Bible fun! Great characters and a delightful story, a great book to share with the young readers in your life!
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If your children are fans of Chronicles of Narnia then they are sure to enjoy this series as well. It is simple to read and delightful. Primarily for readers between the ages of 6 and 9, by using sight words and simple terminology, the author uniquely designed this adventure to be educational in many ways.
Overall, this book is a fun way to imagine how the creation of the world came to be and provide a biblical rendition of the start of the universe.
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