Monday, July 21, 2014

King David Get to Know Series

By Nancy I. Sanders

  Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  Series: Get to Know
  Paperback: 128 pages
  Publisher: Zonderkidz (July 8, 2014)
  Language: English
  ISBN-10: 031074475X
  ISBN-13: 978-0310744757  

A shepherd and a king, David lived an adventurous life. He protected his family’s sheep from lions and bears. He fought a giant with just a sling and stone. He even spent years hiding from men who were trying to kill him. And eventually, David became a great king. But David was also a man of God. Learn more about this hero from the Bible and his exciting place in history. Discover what it was like to grow up in ancient Israel and then be a king of God’s people. King David - part of the Get to Know series - will teach you everything you need to know about an imperfect young man whom God used to do great things!

My Impression: 

King David is part of the Get to Know God series by Zonderkidz that is aimed at children ages 6-10. My seven year old son loved this book. Beautiful illustrations, bright colors, bold lettering draw in the visual learner. The pages are thick enough that they do not rip easy, and have a glossy feel to them making them easy to turn without the pages sticking together. I appreciated all the intricate details in the illustrations. My son picked the pictures apart asking questions from what they were wearing, holding and the scenery in the background. The illustrations and maps really captured his attention and held it while I read the stories. 

This is a unique book in the way it is set up. Within each chapter you get a great story filled with biblical accurate information, a word bank, eyewitness accounts, did you know section, and a bible hero section. Each one of these elements help the reader gain a better understanding of the text by creating a well rounded view of the chapter text. Each section also has its own visual keys so your child knows what type of information he is receiving. For example, the bible hero uses a orange sandaled (not sure that is a word) foot which gives more detailed information about that specific person mentioned outside of David. The eye witness accounts uses a red eye and gives you information on a witness to a event or archeological evidence supporting the text. The Did You Know? section is recognized by a blue clay jar that gives the reader fun facts. My sons favorite fact was found on page 62 " When someone heard bad news in David's day he ripped his clothes to show his grief. Then he put on a sack cloth, a rough fabric .....This showed how sad he felt." My son compared this to the Incredible Hulk ripping his shirt when he got angry. 

At the end of the book there is a great colored time line of David, but even more interesting is the author lines up a world history time line to coincide with the life of David allowing for deeper discussion into how these aspects might have effected the life of David.  I think its also a great section for those that have older kids to dig deeper into as well. The glossary, found at the end, goes back over all the word bank words that were used without. 

My son went on so much about this book and kept asking questions throughout the day that my daughter, 14, wanted to know what he was talking about and sat in on most readings as well, even reading a few of the chapters to her younger brother and asking him questions. Overall this looks like a fantastic series. I cannot help but fall in love with biblical accurate and sound books that bring my family together and help them grow deeper in their faith and knowledge of the Word.  I cannot wait to get the next one.

About the Author: 

Nancy and Jeff Sanders make their home in southern California. They have two adult sons, Danny and Ben. Their cats Sandman and Pitterpat add lots of hilarious moments to their family.

Jeff is an elementary teacher who loves to work with kids, enjoys telling stories, and finds delight in music. If not reading a biography of Bach or Beethoven, you might find him playing the piano, strumming the guitar, or picking the banjo. He is a native of California.
Nancy grew up the youngest of seven children on a dairy farm in Everett, Pennsylvania. She helped milk the cows, bale the hay, drive the tractor, and pick giant weeds out of their humongous garden. After moving to California when she was 20, Nancy and Jeff met and were married. As a stay-at-home mom for more than 20 years, Nancy found true enjoyment in taking pen to paper and learning the craft of writing.
Much of Nancy’s time is spent writing books and working on various manuscript projects. Her favorite topics to write about are God, Bible stories, educational subjects, and African American history.

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