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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids, a review

illustrated bible for kidsEver wonder…

  • how heavy a talent is? (pg. 117)
  • about the Hebrews’ growing season? (pg. 172)
  • about all the names used for our Savior in the Bible? (pg. 125)
  • what Jerusalem looked like when it was called the City of David? (pg. 31)
  • about the different birds mentioned in the Bible? (pg. 21)

The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids (available from Lifeway Christian Stores) is a great reference to help you answer those questions (and many more) while doing your Bible study with the kiddos. And it’s colorful maps and illustrations will help bring Biblical history alive.

We loved the great value (less than $15 for a hardback, 8.5” x 11” 224 page book), the colorful pictures, the many maps to help the kiddos visualize time and place, and the charts (ok, we’re a little geeky, but we do love maps and charts). Definitely a worthwhile investment for our homeschool. Although not tabbed like a regular dictionary, page edges are color-coded by letter to help you find your place. You can download a full-color sample of the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary here.

We did find some errata (examples: a missing map enlargement on pg. 108, the sparrow picture is the mirror image of the dove picture on pg. 21, a typo in the map legend on pg. 3) and some things not in keeping with our Catholic faith tradition (one example: the picture depicting the Lord’s Supper on pg. 110 shows the hands of a person holding a teeny cup of grape juice or wine and a cracker).

Some of the word definitions are a little more general than I’d like (Gofer wood is described simply as the material Noah built the ark out of pg. 71), and a couple are circular (prophesy to define prophet and vice versa pp. 151-152), but given the target age for this resource (5-10), I wasn’t expecting anything too in-depth. And this leaves plenty of openings for discussion and further investigation.

Certainly appropriate to use with the younger kiddos, and I can even see a middler-schooler using this dictionary independently.

The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids

Hardcover, 224 pages

ISBN-10: 0805495312

ISBN-13: 9780805495317

list price: $14.99

Available from local and online booksellers, or directly from Lifeway Christian Stores.

You can read other reviews of this product on the TOS Homeschool Crew blog.

Disclosure: As a member of the TOS Homechool Crew, I received a free copy of this product for review purposes. I received no compensation. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, and are not for sale.

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