A Puzzle Search Book
by Peter Martin
Age 7+, 48 pages
About the book:
Young detectives will never tire of this picture-search puzzle book. Readers can pore over 17 cleverly illustrated scenes of Bible events to find the answers to the questions posed on each page. Some puzzles involve looking for details of everyday life, others highlight things that happened in the Bible stories--offering hours of fun to readers as they search for the answers.
With lots to find, this kind of picture book is particularly great for reluctant readers and visual learners, helping all children get an overview of the Bible's history and content as they super-sleuth their way through the book. Warning: may be addictive!
I have always been interested in how other cultures throughout the centuries have lived and found this book very interesting. It's a great introduction to Sociology and Anthropology and for kids who aren't ready for learning about either of those studies - it's also great for learning about everyday life in Egypt, Jerusalem, and other towns and locations mentioned in the Bible. You will find scenes that show how the Isrealite slaves were treated complete with overseers beating slaves, how to make bricks, what kinds of houses they lived in, how children played and more.
Personally I would say this book is for kids who are very detailed oriented, approximately 6 or 7+ just because of the level of detail and how busy the scenes are. The drawings look like they are hand drawn and there are mini descriptions of what is happening in each two page spread and then your child is given a direction: Find two camels, find an man making bricks, and so on. At the top of each page is a suggested Bible Reference so kids can find it in the Bible and read how or what happened in history. An example two page spread shows what time period the scene is from and where you'll read about a scene like the one in the book: See an example.
I like how educational the book is - it's interactive, detailed, answers lots of little questions with little answers and you'll always see something new. This would be a great book to put in your church bag, keep in the car or have available at rest time for kids that don't nap. It's also great for reluctant readers because it's so interactive kids don't feel like their reading.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Bible Detective to read and review on CCB from Kregel Publications. I was not required to have a positive review and no money exchanged hands.