- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
- Series: Little Bible HeroesTM
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: B&H Kids (June 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433687178
- ISBN-13: 978-1433687174
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Miriam/Daniel Flip-Over Book (Little Bible Heroes™) Paperback – June 1, 2015
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I believe this was the first time the boys heard much about Miriam, and I was excited when Daniel’s story did not start with, nor center around, the oft-done lions’ den. The illustrations were vibrant and engaging. At the end of each story, there was a section entitled “Parent Connection,” which guided us to read a verse of Scripture each from Exodus and Daniel, two discussion questions, as well as a parting verse having to do with the theme of the story.
That being said, I don’t think we’ll be purchasing others. Here’s why:
1. Stylistically, the stories are told using present tense verbs, as if it is unfolding before our eyes; however, this is awkward, as the vast majority of stories (Christian and secular) are told in the past tense. Scripture itself uses past tense, with the exception of historical presents in the Gospels (but even then, translators and editors shift them all to past tense).
2. Daniel’s story in particular lacks a cohesive plot. Through seven pages, the following is covered: deportation to Babylon, Daniel’s diet , Daniel’s interpreting dreams, and Daniel in the lions’ den. While I’ve never come across the first two aspects in children’s literature before, the plot as a whole was disjointed, trying to cram three stories into one. There was no unifying story line.
3. While the illustrations were well-done, the skin tones struck me as odd. Daniel is portrayed as European, while the Babylonians (and one of Daniel’s friends (?!)) appear to be African. I feel like Miriam’s characters were better suited, although Moses himself was depicted as fair-skinned.
Even though the idea was great, and I was anticipating using these books as tools, this book probably will not end up in our nightly rotation.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
This book includes two different stories all packed into one physical book. On one side you can read about Miriam, and then flip it over to reveal an alternate story about Daniel. Both stories are told in simple to read text that's easy for young children to grasp. The illustrations are absolutely adorable. I also appreciate that each story ends with a "Parent Connection" section that allows you and your child to dig deeper into what was just read, by offering additional Bible references, scripture and even questions to discuss. I really enjoy how this series takes some of the most noteworthy people in the Bible to create short and sweet stories that kids will really enjoy. In fact, now that I've gotten a look at this book, I will definitely consider purchasing more of the collection for my son. For evaluation purposes, I've received a complimentary book from the publisher, however, the views and opinions expressed here are purely those of my own.
There are colorful illustrations on the covers, and throughout the book. The cover of Miriam shows her holding the papyrus basket her baby brother is in, for safe keeping. The story will tell more about the illustration. The cover of Daniel shows him praying to the one true God. Once again, the story will tell more about this. The primary medium for both covers is colorful drawings.
At the end of each story is a `Parent Connection` section. Parent's connect with the child by first reading the story to them, asking the child 2 questions pertaining to that story, and lastly, ponder over the story with a special Bible verse.
Disclaimer: I received this children's book for my honest opinion through B&H Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review.
Also, often building a children’s library can be expensive, but these books are very affordable. This eases my mind when pages get ripped or chewed. You could eventually build a library of all of them!
Note: I received this book for free in exchange for my review.