Big Bible Guide: Kids’ Guide to Creation and Bible Animals
Reviewed by Jonathan Lewis
This fun resource is actually two books in one. First is “Kids’ Guide to Creation,” a day-by-day account of the creation week with loads of scientific information and fun facts about our universe, the earth, plants, animals, and humans. (The book is divided into chapters based on the days of the creation week.) The second book is “Kids’ Guide to Bible Animals,” a compilation of creatures found in Scripture. From ants to antelopes, hawks to hyenas, your kids will enjoy reading about all sorts of animals, birds, and bugs found in the pages of the Bible.
This book is printed in full color throughout and is filled with all sorts of photos from nature. It features a bright, fun layout. For the visual child, this book will be a feast for the eyes!
You could treat this book as a reference work, or it could be read cover to cover. “Kids’ Guide to Creation” is geared more toward reading straight through, while “Kids’ Guide to Bible Animals” is more like a reference. However you choose to use the book, it’s meant to be a fun and educational look at the world around us.
There’s a huge amount of information packed into this little book. A science-minded student will probably love it, while even a less scientifically inclined child might be drawn in by the colorful layout and fun presentation.
One caveat: because there is so much in this book, I have to admit I didn’t read it cover to cover before writing this review. However, in my perusal, I didn’t see anything at odds with a literal interpretation of Genesis. My impression was that it treats the six days of creation as literal days and acknowledges God as the Creator. In a section discussing dinosaurs, the book does mention that different people have different beliefs about the days of Genesis, but the author (in this section at least) is noncommittal on the issue, simply relaying what different people believe. The book is mainly scientific in nature, not theological.
If you like to have plenty of educational books on hand that also happen to be fun and interesting, you’ll want to check this one out.
This review was originally published in the March/April 2015 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Information and availability subject to change without notice.