Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lifeway Stores: Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids, a TOS Crew Review

My kids love fact books, world records books, picture dictionaries and encyclopedias. We have quite a collection, mostly gathered from garage sales and book fairs. When the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids arrived, I knew it would be a hit at my house, because it is so similar to those kinds of books. And I was right. Especially for my homeschooler.

This book has everything my homeschooler needs to be an engaged learner with it. It's inviting and attractive. The pages are laid out in a fun way. There is a good mix on the pages of big boxes and small boxes with little bits of information presented in a way that does not overwhelm her. She can look at pictures or read text or both. I am amazed at the length of time she'll spend looking through it, browsing, reading. She gives it quality time. Every time she picks it up, she sees something she didn't see before, she learns a new fact, and she asks new, curious questions. She and I have had some interesting conversations from the topics in this dictionary. (She's fascinated with Samson.) I am finding that books like these are helpful because they allow me to see my girl's interests; I can look for unit studies and chase interests when I know what they are.

One interesting thing that I noticed is that my homeschooler, who often resists reading with me, will welcome me beside her when she looks through this book. I think it is because we are experience sharing together, pointing out this picture or that paragraph, and I am not asking her to read aloud for me. I'm not trying to "get" something from her. We simply share. She learns much this way.

Peek inside the book HERE. We really like it. I have trouble keeping up with it; it's another item my girl keeps sneaking off with to read alone. ;)

The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids is a sturdy hardback retail priced at $14.99.

See what my Crewmates have to say about this dictionary HERE.

Lifeway Christian Stores sent the the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids in exchange for an honest review. I am not paid for this review and am not obligated to provide a positive review.

1 comment:

Di said...

Phew, Penny, you are one amazing blogger. Have been checking out your site but don't know where to start LOL!! It is all so very very interesting! :D

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