Lifeway Christian Stores sent members of the TOS Crew a free copy of the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids. I was one of the reviewers lucky enough to receive one! It is a beautiful, hard cover book aimed at children ages 5-10, but I used it for both of my boys, whom are ages 9 and 12. This is a picture of the cover:
For starters, my boys thought the gladiator on the cover looked cool, and they really wanted to flip through the book and see what was inside! The pages of the book are full-color as well, and the book is organized alphabetically with the letters of the alphabet in a border on the side of the page to make it easy to find a specific entry. In addition to definitions of words and descriptions of important people, the book contains a LOT of visuals, which was great for my visual learning kids!
There are maps in the book that I found very interesting (like “Prophets of the 8th century”, which showed where the prophets of that time lived, as well as places they went to). During our morning Bible time, it was great to be able to pull out this book and show the boys where the things we are reading about took place. Yes, we do have a globe and a world map at home, but in this book the maps are more specific to what we are actually reading about in the Bible passage, which made it easier for my boys to connect with.
The book also contains a lot of “extras” I hadn’t thought about. For example, there’s a great chart called “Table of Weights & Measures in the Bible” that takes the common biblical measurements we read about, and converts them to US equivalents! (I didn’t know a shekel was 2/5 of an ounce! 🙂 ) Some of the other charts and visuals we liked were “Tools of the Bible” that showed pictures of the common tools from that time, and the “Names of God” chart, which we are actually using for our memorization now! For an inside peek at the book, you can click here:
I could go on and on about all of the great things in this book, but that would take a really long time! Let me just say, that we LOVE using this and I would absolutely recommend it. The book sells for $14.99 at Lifeway Christian Stores, and it is definitely worth that. You can check it out by clicking on this link:
Lifeway also offers a LOT of other books and products that would be useful for Bible study with your children, and from perusing their website, I feel their prices are very reasonable. I am so happy we received this book for this review, we will be using it for a long time to come!