I received the Heroes & Villians of the Bible book back in November & I planned on using it with my Sunday school students but it was so close to the Christmas season that the book was set aside for Christmas program rehearsals. Finally picking up the book again, I thought hmm... wonder if the wisemen or King Herod are listed stories in the book? They are, along with many others. I like this book because the stories are direct from the Bible, the text is taken directly from the International Children's Bible and not someones interpretation. There is an illustration to go with almost every story and they seem to draw in the kids attention, I thought they could of been a little better myself but the kids think they are fun & that is what counts. I do give them credit that they are not so cartoonish & geared to young kids as I think this book is great for readers in the 8-10 year range and I often hear in class of other books that they are too kiddish. This book is not.
This would also make a great gift to be used in the home for devotional times as each story has a section with questions or reflections to help the reader dig deeper into the reading.
First of all, a big congrats (and thanks) to Tommy Nelson. There are many books about bible, thousands of slices are possible from this great book, when you look at it from different perspectives, and this book is a winner.
Conceptwise, it is quite simple. A book with lots and lots of stories, some of them about good people and some about bad people. End of each story, there is a small discussion on why (and how) they became good / bad and what lessons we can learn from their life.
With this simple idea, Tama Fortner (Compiling editor of this book) has hit a home run. Each story is just 2 or 3 pages with simple text (from international childrenÃÂ¿s bible) and wonderful diagrams (all images from Eikon Bible art!). This makes reading a breeze.
Most important, each story finishes with a practical example, means the author says how this can be used in real life and you too can become a hero (or stop yourself from becoming a villain). These examples are simple and sweet, target audience will love them.
However, one comment I want to make is, the text in this book can be a bit more story like. As the publishers have decided to use bible text, there is a disconnect in many places. May be they could have opted for a 1 page story, followed by 2 to 3 pages of actual bible text, Short stories will pull people inside and the bible reference will give them more details.
Other than this small issue, I loved the book. Excellent production, clear printing (images, text and beautiful layout) and it is a recommended reading for everyone, especially children.
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What kid doesn't like reading adventure stories? There are plenty of adventures in the Bible starring heroes like Noah, Moses, Joshua and John the Baptist. There are villains too: Goliath, Haman, King Herod, and Satan, the ultimate villain. And kids of all ages can learn a lot from these Heroes and Villains.
After reading the scriptures about each person, there's a short summary explaining what to learn from the story. These provide guidelines for kids to become heroes too. "Heroes walk with God" "Forgiving others is what heroes do" "Heroes think of others first" "Heroes give to please God, not to be praised"
Since this is directed towards older children, I think it would have been better to use a different translation of the Bible that makes it easier to understand. But ending with a little lesson to learn makes it helpful.
Tommy Nelson provided this book for review through the BookSneeze review program.
Heroes and Villains of the Bible is an illustrated Children's Book. It goes through various Bible stories about good guys and bad guys. It uses real Biblical passages and has colorful pictures to bring the stories to life.
I thought it was pretty resourceful. The passages come from the International Children's Bible so it's easy to read.
I also liked that at the end of each story there was a point about what heroes do. It encourages children to trust God and know they, too, can be heroes.
Because it is a lot more to read than a picture book, I'd put the age group to be from 6 or 7 years old up until probably 11 or 12 years.
<span style="font-style:italic;">Heroes and Villains<span style="font-style:italic;"></span></span> was not what I expected at all. I honestly expected a lot of commentary, pictures, and something slightly more kid friendly than this. This book is basically just bible verses and a tiny bit of commentary at the end of the chapter. Really there are no pictures or anything that would hold my four year olds attention for long. I do think this book would be great for an adult or an older child, but definitely not for small children. I enjoyed reading the verses and being refreshed on it_but will not be offering this read to my son.