Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Review: Children's Bible Dictionary


This is one of my all time favorite homeschooling blogs to read. There are some bloggers whose opinions on curriculum and homeschooling resources are super valuable to me. This blogger is one of them! So when back before Christmas, I saw a post over there about the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids, I decided to check it out. I liked it so much, I put it on my Amazon wish list for Little Bean.

Fast forward a month, and I log onto The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew and see that I have been chosen to review this very product! I was super excited! Lifeway Christian Stores sent me a nice, shiny, copy of this book, and Little Bean has been enjoying it ever since.

The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids is a beautiful, hard cover book containing more than 750 Bible terms, with 500 of those terms paired with full color photographs. At a little over 200 pages, this book is full of interesting facts and information for you and your child to grow in your knowledge of the Bible. This Bible is meant for children ages 5 to 10, but would be interesting even for tween, teens and adults.
This Bible dictionary features:

--Reconstructions to show how buildings and cities may have looked in Bible times

--Illustrated charts with brief descriptions of Bible animals, insects, plants, etc

--Charts showing names of God, the apostles, festivals, etc

--Pronunciation guides

--Photographs to show the real places where events happened

--realistic illustrations of Bible stories

--definitions of key people and concepts in the Bible

Check out this link for an inside look (click google preview)!

How We Use the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary:

I personally really like this resource. I meant to buy it myself before I was asked to review it. This is a wonderful resource for Little Bean to read on his own. He is naturally curious about all things "fact"ish and loves dictionaries, encyclopedias, and any type of non-fiction, really. And because he is reading independently, he is able to learn all kinds of Bible facts in his free time. Many times I'll walk into his room after quiet time and he'll be reading his Bible dictionary.

This dictionary is also great for shared reading with your kids. The kids like to choose a letter and have me read some of the entries in that section (it's alphabetical, as most dictionaries are). Whether your a homeschooler, a parent raising a child up in a Christian home, a Sunday school teacher, or are just looking for a Bible dictionary for whatever reason, I highly recommend this one.

The Holman Bible Dictionary can be purchased from Lifeway Christian Stores for $14.99. Lifeway has all kinds of Christian material for children and adults alike, so if you decide to check out the dictionary over there, be sure to poke around a bit at their other products.

Note: I was given a copy of this product for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any way, and am not obligated to give a positive review.


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