Saturday, August 10, 2013

Pauline Books and Media: Shepherds to the Rescue

Welcome back to the Children's Corner feature on Stuart's Study. I have been neglecting this segment due to a combination of too many adult books to review and a lack of children's literature in my queue. Whenever I find myself with a shortage of kids books to review, Pauline Books and Media always comes to the rescue. They have recently released the first of three books in a six book series called Gospel Time Trekkers. I will be reviewing these three books over the next three Saturdays, but today we are starting with Volume 1: Shepherds to the Rescue!

The story involves three siblings named Hannah, Caleb, and Noah. It is told from the perspective of Caleb, but that doesn't necessarily make it a story just for boys. One day the three siblings are transported back in time to 30 years after Jesus' birth. The children spend a lot of time with a shepherd boy named Benjamin and his family. They also come to a better understanding of Jesus through a story told to them by Benjamin's grandfather, Eldad. I won't spoil the story for you, but you and your kids will absolutely love it.

At approximately 70 pages, this book is a quick read. The font is a nice size for children and each chapter is five to six pages long, so your child will have easy stopping points if they want to take a break from the book. More than likely, you'll have to pry the book from them as the story is just that captivating. There's about one illustration every two chapters, meaning your six year old will still be engaged while reading it to them, but your nine year old won't think this is a book for babies.

I particularly love the feature at the end titled, "Where is that in the Bible?" In this section, your child reads the Scripture passage that serves as the basis for this book. This ties a neat little bow on the package and helps catechize and reinforce what they just read. At $5.95, this 5 star book is a steal, and I can't wait to read the rest of the Gospel Time Trekkers series. Tune in next week for my review of Braving the Storm and in two weeks for my review of Danger at Sea!

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