Author: Nancy I. Sanders
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74516-7

Jesus was once a kid just like you! He went to school, had great friends, learned to be a carpenter, and had to help around the house,” Nancy I. Sanders writes on the back jacket of her book, Get to Know Jesus.

Part of the Get to Know series, this one hundred and twenty-eight page paperback targets children six to ten years old interested in knowing more about characters in the Bible. Written as a full-color biography for kids, this one concentrates on the life of Jesus, the Son of God. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

After acknowledgements, the book contains twelve chapters devoted to different periods in Christ’s life, followed by a timeline, glossary, bibliography, source notes, student resources, and author’s biography.

What makes this book unique for children is the plethora of information displayed in an engaging format of short articles, highlighted inserts, photographs, maps, and copies of paintings. With colored icons, there are references for Scripture reading, Bible heroes, eyewitness accounts, fun facts, and word meanings.

Chapter stories retell Jesus’s birth, childhood, teaching, parables, miracles, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, and future return. Color photographs include the Jordan River, Judean wilderness, Jacob’s well, the Pool of Siloam, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Mount of Olives, and the island of Patmos, as well as famous paintings, models, and objects related to Biblical times.

Flipping through the glossy pages, the “Did You Know” sections stand out explaining side notes such as Jesus’s family tree, the different Herods of the Bible, burial traditions, and seven Jewish feasts. Often the pages end with highlighted words in the chapter and their meanings, ranging from Passover, Holy Spirit and Baptize to Culture, Reliable, and Flames.

The heroes focus on Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, John the Baptist, the twelve disciples, Mary Magdalene, the woman at the well, and Paul, listed in single sentences. There are several inserts of Bible verses and eye-witness accounts.

For a daily read, a Sunday school lesson, or to be used as a book report, this is a phenomenal tool for young children to learn about a Biblical character. With additional books on Mary, King David, and the Apostle Paul available, there should be room on the bookshelf for this educational series.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.

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