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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Kids' Guide to Bible Animals - Jane Landreth (Non-Fiction)

Released September 2010

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

This has to be one of the most comprehensive, yet kid-friendly, resources on animals I've seen in a long time. There is definitely the Christian undertone pointing out where you'll find each animal within the pages of the Bible. However, that aspect it's not overpowering, so I feel this is a must-have for any family with school-aged children, especially when they start studying animals in school.

Kids' Guide to Bible Animals blends interesting facts, humor and general information on a range of animals including the Cuckoo, Leech (EWWW), Porcupine and the standard Lions and Tigers and Bears. I'm actually impressed by the number of animals included in this collection.

The author, Jane Landreth, does an exceptional job providing information about each animal without being too wordy. You know how some kids get bogged down in information and then stop reading as a result. The text in this is easy to follow, definitely engaging and laced with facts that kids will love. For instance:

  • Does a mule or a horse have harder hooves?
  • How much food must a pelican eat per day to survive?
  • What bird is tied with the Andean Condor for longest wingspan?

Each animal receives a page of factual information, including the type of animal, location within the Bible and a description. At the end of each animal are a few "did you know" facts for kids to ponder. Kids' Guide to Bible Animals is really a fantastic book for any child interested in animals. I'd consider it a must-own!

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