I am always excited to add to our family library. And when I can point other families to fun books that teach the Bible it’s even better! I just had the chance to review a couple of great books by WorthyKids/Ideals. We received both Book 1: The Beginning and Book 2: Race to the Ark in The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series.
These books, written by M.J. Thomas, are intended for grades 1-3 and contain just a little over 100 pages each. Though they are a series, I believe you can pick up Book #2 (Race to the Ark) without reading Book #1. Race to the Ark (Book #2) gives a nice little synopsis of The Beginning (Book #1).
I want to let you know a little bit about each book.
In The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Beginning (Book #1) 9-year-old Peter and his sister, Mary (who was 10) are sent to stay with their Great-Uncle Solomon who also happens to be an archaeologist. Now if I were 9 or 10 and being told that I was going to be sent to stay with an archaeologist I would have been absolutely thrilled! I wanted to be an archaeologist when I grew up. Not so for Peter and Mary.
However, their tune quickly changes when Uncle Solomon shows them the Legend of the Hidden Scrolls.
Here is what it says.
The scrolls contain the truth you seek,
break the seal,
unroll the scroll,
and you will see the past unfold.
Amazing adventures are in store
for those who follow the lion's roar.
Peter and Mary are taken back all the way to the creation of the world. But there is a twist! They have to solve the message of the scroll or they will be trapped in time and not get to return home. During their adventure they get to witness each day of Creation.
Can you imagine? They even get to meet the angel, Michael. They get to play with the animals and even meet a snake who is certainly sneaky. I won’t give all the secrets of the “scroll” away…after all, Peter and Mary obviously solve the message, but we do learn the message of the scroll is that “God created everything.”
You can imagine their surprise when they eventually meet Shem (yep..that Shem) who leads them to the Ark. We are also introduced to Tubal Cain and the kids have a run-in with the Dark Ruler and are thrown in the dungeon. Thankfully, Peter and Mary solve the secret of the scroll just as the flood water begins to fill the earth. They learn to “Trust God and He will rescue you.”
There is a cute little twist to this story that we enjoyed.
I had my 15-year-old son, Josiah, read these. He is dyslexic and I liked the size of the books for him. He didn’t think they were too “babyish” and LOVED the length of the books. It also happened that we have been digging deeper into the book of Genesis for our history class. I loved that these books went right along with our studies.
I think that these are fun little books that help teach Biblical accounts. I think it is important that the kiddos can compare and contrast the real account from the Bible. Mr. Thomas didn’t take any liberties I that was offensive in any way. In fact, I love filling our reading days with clean, adventurous and fun-filled books.
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