Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids - A Review

Product: Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids

Price: $14.99

Company: Life Way Stores

Publisher: B&H Publishing

To Purchase: Bible Dictionary

To View Sample: PDF Sampler

Age Range: 5 - 10 years of age

Other Products available from LifeWay : LifeWay Homepage

Brief Intro:
From the website -
The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids helps children ages 5 to 10 better understand more than 750 Bible terms through vivid design and clear, concise definitions. More than 500 of the featured words are paired with full-color photographs, illustrations, maps, or reconstructions to enhance comprehension.
This unique reference tool is perfect for church classrooms, families, home-schooling environments, Christian school classrooms and libraries, church libraries, and public libraries.

In-Depth Look:

My 8 year old enjoys all things "Bible" . . . The Bible, Bible Story Books, Bible Devotion Books, Bible Story Cards, and on and on. So I knew that she would be the one who would "claim" the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary Bible for Kids. And I was right. She instantly loved it and wanted it. So hers it is.

It is a good size book. Hardback and heavy. And full-color illustrations, no less.

What exactly is it? Well the name truly does say it all. It is an illustrated Bible dictionary for kids. It is aimed at the 5 to 10 year old range. It can also be used as a concordance, using it to locate where words are referenced in the Bible.

The dictionary uses:


Illustrated Charts


Entries - with King James Version words

Pronunciation Guide


Realistic Illustrations


The pages are very nicely organized, easy to read, and colorful. A letter guide on the right hand side makes finding words much easier. For most words, expect to find the word, the pronunciation, a detailed explanation, and a concordance reference of where to find the word in the Bible. A huge percentage of the words also have colorful photos or graphics to go along with them.

My daughter enjoys looking through it just for the fun of it. But we have also used it during our Bible study time. After our lesson, I will pick out a few of the words that we came across in our study. Then I look them up in the Dictionary and read the explanations, while they look at the pictures. It helps us delve just a little deeper and gain a more thorough understanding. It helps make the lessons come alive for my daughters, making it feel more real . . . like "Hey this really happened. There it is in the dictionary."

For example, yesterday we talked about when Joseph's brothers moved to Egypt. Afterward, I looked up:

Joseph -

Pharoah -

Egypt -

Adds a little something, right? Helps make it easier for a child to grasp it.

So I am enjoying the book. And my daughters are too. It is a nice addition to our Bible studies.

I like the verse that Holman used as a sort of motto:
Philip: "Do you understand what you're reading?"
Ethiopian Official: "How can I, unless someone guides me?"

I think that sums it up nicely. :)

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Disclaimer: I received this dictionary free of charge, as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.

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