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Nancy I. Sanders’ has a great biography series for children called the Get to Know series. I was excited to choose Get to Know Mary as my book to review this month because I knew that my eight year old would really enjoy reading it.
From the book publisher:
Chosen by God, Mary was more than the mother of Jesus. She was a hero of the Bible. She said “Yes!” to God. Learn about Mary and her exciting place in history. Discover what it was like to grow up in Israel and be a part of Jesus’ life on earth. Mary – part of the Get to Know series – will teach you everything you need to know about this young woman whom God used to do great things!
This book was much more than I was expecting! It is full of colorful maps, photos, and an illustrated timeline. Almost every page features a vocabulary word and definition and there are scripture and fun facts throughout. Not only do you learn about who Mary was but you learn all about the time period she lived in and about Jewish traditions and customs. Another feature that I liked is the “Eyewitness Account” which shares details of the story from people who were there (such as Josephus).
My daughter dove right into reading this book and then asked what other people are featured in the series. I’m looking forward to getting her more of these books and we will be using them to learn about writing book reports.
I highly recommend the Get to Know series. It’s aimed at older elementary students (grades 3-5) but the information is great for older students and they make great read alouds for your younger kids.