August 14, 2014
Nancy I. Sanders pens a series of books aimed at kids called “Get to Know…,” with this latest book focusing on the Biblical King David. It is recommended by the publisher primarily for ages 6-10, but older readers seeking a summary of David’s life will also find it useful. Over the course of 100 pages, the book charts its course; tracking David from an unknown shepherd boy, his famous confrontation with a giant, rule over the kingdom, preparations for the temple, and a little bit of prophetic vison of the coming Messiah.
The book is divided into 12 chapters, which are also chopped up with full color pictures and illustrations, as well as bubbles filled with factoids from history and the Bible. This keeps younger readers more engaged, as each page turn is not as likely to lose their attention. It also helps define words that early readers may stumble over.
Having read this book through, I am now reading it with my own children. I can recommend this for both family time, and also for devotional or Sunday School environments. When reading at home, I am typically taking one chapter at a time. This serves as a conversation starter as we discuss how it compares to the Bible itself. For instance, my nine year old son pointed out that the author did not mention the part where David cuts Goliath’s head off. Grisly details like this are much more interesting for boys, but if this is a concern for parents, please know the author does not write in a way that might disturb little kids or squeamish adults.
For its interesting take on a key figure of the Bible, this book gets five stars.
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