Category Archives: Youth

Get to Know Mary

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Another great biography for kids, Get to Know Mary by Nancy I. Sanders, didn’t disappoint. Although less is known about Mary than about many other Biblical figures, Nancy Sanders does a great job of painting a picture of who Mary was and what life was like for her. This book talks about the life of Mary, the Annunciation, Mary’s family (including Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist) and Mary’s engagement and marriage to Joseph. It recounts the Savior’s birth. It gives an overview of the culture that existed when Mary lived, including the town of Nazareth, their faith, holy days and other things that help you picture the setting that the Christ child was born into. The book also talks about Christ’s life and death, how Mary dealt with raising the Messiah, and Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.

I really liked this book. Like Ms. Sanders’ other biographies for kids, this one has a timeline of Mary’s life, a glossary, selected bibliography, source notes and student resources. There are plenty of stepping-off points for further study! This book had color maps, archaeological facts and Scripture references as well.

I am anxious to see the next biography that Nancy Sanders has written for children!

*I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

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Get to Know King David

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Another great kids book by Nancy I. Sanders, Getting to Know King David is packed full of information about the life and times of the shepherd-boy-turned-king, David. I love this biography series. Each book is a mini-curriculum in itself. There is a glossary/word bank for vocabulary and eyewitness accounts which can act as stepping-off points for further study. The book has several maps and numerous photographs of historical sites and relics. There is a section of “Student Resources” along with a selected biography and source notes, all which can be used to deepen your student’s knowledge and understanding of the life and times of King David. As in  the other biography that I’ve reviewed, there is a pictorial timeline, showing the events in David’s life superimposed on events in world history.

I am fairly familiar with scripture, but there were several things about David’s life in this book that were new to me. Ms. Sanders does a great job of chronicling his life without going into depth about issues that might not be appropriate for young readers, such as David’s lusting after Bathsheeba. She just says that David wanted “another wife”…that gets the idea across without creating issues that parents might not be ready to discuss with their young children.

Getting to Know King David is another in a quality biography series for kids by Nancy I. Sanders. I recommend it for anyone looking for a book for their young reader!

*I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

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Apostle Paul (Get to Know Series)

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I was excited to see a 2nd-3rd grade reading level biography about the Apostle Paul. Nancy L. Sanders did a great job writing an informative yet accessible story of the life of Paul. Get to Know Apostle Paul includes information that was new to me, even as an adult. It isn’t condescendingly simple, but the narrative style is great for a mature elementary school aged child or older.

The book has several great resources that make it a powerful tool in any educational setting. There are several stand-out boxes that highlight Bible heroes, eyewitness accounts, fun facts and word-bank words. The word-bank words are included in a glossary at the end of the book. There is a timeline of Paul’s life, a selected bibliography, source notes and student resources. These make great stepping-off points for family or educator to capitalize on the natural interest that the book will arouse. I am anxious to see more of Ms. Sanders work!

*I was provided with a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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