Ever wonder about the animals mentioned in the Bible? What’s a gier? Why does the Bible mention a kite? Have you ever seen a pygarg?
After New Leaf Publishing sent me this book as a Moms of Master Books reviewer, my son couldn’t wait to dig into it, and he gave me lots of feedback for my review.
44 Animals of the Bible by Nancy Pelander Johnson and Lloyd R. Hight answers these questions and many more in a beautiful full-color format. With easy-to-read text, the author explains where each animal is mentioned in Scripture. My son and I are learning so much about amazing animals from this book.
A Scripture verse is included at the bottom of each selection, highlighted in red for easy reference. Each animal is listed alphabetically and is described briefly, along with facts to put them into context for kids. For example, peacocks were not native to Bible lands:
“The Bible tells us they came by cargo ships belonging to King Solomon, who ruled in Bible times” (p. 30)
The verse from 1 Kings 10:22 says, “For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.”
Isn’t that a cool fact? I never thought about the significance of the animals in the Bible, but my son and I have really enjoyed learning more about them in 44 Animals of the Bible.
This book intrigues and motivates my son to read, to want to do more research on these animals, and to ask questions. If my son sees or hears something about an animal he remembers from this book, he can’t wait to grab 44 Animals of the Bible and look up the section about the animal. So, it has become a reference tool as well.
This is a wonderful book to include in elementary level science, Bible, and reading. (It would make a nice gift for an animal lover, too!
This book made it to my Top 5 Books list!