Friday, April 8, 2016

Book Review: "The Good Samaritan (an Adventure Bible, I Can Read Book)"

"The Good Samaritan" doesn't just tell the story of the Good Samaritan, but starts with Jesus teaching the people and being questioned by a "very smart man". Jesus then goes on to tell the story of the Good Samaritan. The book then ends with Jesus asking the man who the neighbor was in the story. At the end of the story, there is a "People in Bible Times" page that gives a key verse, "What is a Samaritan" and "Words to Treasure". The What is a Samaritan portion didn't really give much information. It says that a Samaritan lived in Samaria and then says that Jews and Samaritans were foreigners and didn't know much about each other, so they didn't like each other. This isn't the reason they didn't get a long at all, and I think they should have just left it out if they didn't want to mention that Jews didn't like Samaritans because they were descendants of Jews who had married Gentiles. Other than that, I liked how the book followed the Biblical account. The pictures are colorful and go along with the text well. At one point, it says the Samaritan forgot that Jews and Samaritans didn't like each other. This makes it sound like it slipped his mind rather than he chose to ignore the fact that the two groups didn't get along. I am glad for stories that I can let my children read and know that it is teaching truth. It is a Level 2 reader which stands for "Reading with Help-high interest stories for developing readers". 

"The Good Samaritan" is available in paperback:
  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: I Can Read! / Adventure Bible
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (September 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310746620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310746621
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 1921 KB
  • Print Length: 33 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (September 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 8, 2015
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013YWAIO8

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through their zblogsquad in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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