- File Size: 30381 KB
- Print Length: 40 pages
- Publisher: Meeting Bible Heroes Publishing (February 26, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 26, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XBZ6RQF
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,159,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Meeting Moses: Have fun learning about the Old Testament (Meeting Bible Heroes Book 1) Kindle Edition
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What better place to start with children than Bible heroes?
This title merges key facts about Moses with the fantastical story of a boy traveling back in time where he meets young Moses.
The illustrations are very similar to some animation styles with an edge that may be more appealing to the modern child.
If you are looking for something to fully instruct your child, this is not the title. But, if you want something to get them interested in learning more, then this new series could be a great fit.
Note ~ I received a copy of the book for a review on Day by Day in Our World. All opinions are my own.
First, the book is titled, "Meeting Moses." In fact, it is the debut in the Meeting Bible Heroes Series. The front cover also says, Have fun learning about the Old Testament.
All of that meant, for me, that Moses would be the main character and we would learn about his life...
Instead, we find that Max, a young boy living today, really is the main character, who uses his father's time-machine invention, to travel back in time.
We arrive on page 8 and only then meet Moses who is a boy about the same age as Max at that time. The Princess of Egypt he first meets along with two boys, assumes he is a flying angel."
While Max claims to be just a boy from far away, even the Pharaoh asks Max what the gods want...
At that point, Max proceeds to use not only electronic gadgets that are available today, but also futuristic tools, such as the time machine, to share and show Moses, including that he is Jewish, and what he will do in the future... You know, just like a child would say to his friend, I've already seen the movies, I'll tell you all about it!
I could only have one interpretation. One could assume that Max is indeed God or an angel; and he is telling Moses what his life requirements will be... Now we all know that this is not true, but...will children understand this? I doubt it. The individual who I talked to Easter weekend pointed out that Max turned some magical button at the end and that all that had happened would disappear, that nothing would be remembered, thus the book came out alright. Given the long memory children have for books/movies like Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, etc., I find this, really, an unacceptable assumption. That is, the children, who read the book, will remember that Max was the one who told Moses everything Moses would be doing in the future!
In fact, Moses played what you would call a minor character. He was not presented to the readers as a Bible Hero. He was presented as a little boy that had his future foretold by a boy who flew in on a time machine... And, when you finish the book, again with Max and his family, you will have learned little about Moses as a hero, except through Max's words.
I was not only disappointed; I felt the book cover--title--series title--and the statement about learning about the Old Testament, was totally misleading. I would not have accepted the book for review had I known that Moses would not be the "hero" of the book. I don't normally add this, but I fully expected to learn the story from the beginning of Moses being found in the water, and moving forth... There could have been someone, perhaps his mother, who told about why she had to give him up, and then through his early years, until Moses was able to tell his own story... My best comparison for expectation was the series from Carole Roman, who has taken thousands if not millions of children around the world during which we learn as a visitor to the time/place, either in present or historical times, not as the main character of the book.
I will not recommend this book to those who wish to have your children learn about Moses... If you want a cute story with nice pictures, without too much concern about Meeting Moses and learning about his heroic life in the Old Testament, then go ahead...read other reviews... and check it out...
Hardback provided for Review
Which brings me to my latest book review. Meeting Moses by Robert Chasin and Matt Roussel is a new children's picture book that aims to teach kids about the life of Moses. The authors do so however, by introducing a modern character named Max who travels to Egypt during the time of Moses in a time machine. The book itself has great illustrations which look like they came from a quality animated movie.
While the story of Moses is mostly accurate (I question the idea that Moses ever believed he wasn't Jewish and a couple of other details.), I have a huge problem with Max, the time machine and characters being told their "future". Don't get me wrong, I am not against the time travel genre in general. My daughter loved the Magic Tree House books when she was little. My issue is mixing fiction with Bible for young concrete thinkers.
After a young child has read this book, their concept of the story of Moses will be extremely muddled. Some kid named Max told Moses about what he would do. When Pharaoh asks Max what "the gods" want to tell him, Max tells Pharaoh about the future and what people will think about the pyramids centuries from now. Later, Max "wisely" does not argue with Ramses (who probably wasn't the Pharaoh when Moses was little), when Pharaoh laughs at the idea there is only one god.
Perhaps an older child would be amused and not confused by the book, but this is a picture book written for young children. The saddest part of mixing fiction with the telling of Bible stories is that you send the not so subtle message you believe the Bible stories are fictional, too. Why would anyone want to base the entire way they live their life on a fairy tale?
I beg everyone who thinks they have to make the Bible more exciting for kids by adding fictional characters and situations (like Jesus under the Sea) to stop! You are making it even more difficult for this generation of children to accept God and become active Christians. The Bible has more than enough excitement, adventure and weird things in it already. Read it with the fresh eyes of a child. They are already amazed with what it contains. Please stop confusing them by adding a layer of fiction on top of great truth!
This book was given to me for free in exchange for my honest review.
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