Sunday, February 7, 2021

Review: The Story of the Two Builders by Tim Ladwig

Happy Sunday! Usually, I try to avoid placing reviews on Bookworm for Kids on these days, but my schedule is popping at the seams. Plus, this one fits quite well. Or so, I think. You can see my tidbits below (as always!)


THE STORY OF THE TWO BUILDERS
Stories Jesus Told
by Tim Ladwig
Our Daily Bread Publishing
Picture Book / Religious
32 pages
ages  to 7




Your family can gather together to enjoy a treasured Bible story with this impressively illustrated book. Tim Ladwig incorporates vibrant, kid-friendly illustrations with text from the New International Version of Scripture to tell the story of the foolish and wise builders. Your children can learn that when we practice the Lord’s commands, we are like wise men building a structure on a firm foundation. An application page at the end of the book equips parents and teachers to dive into meaningful discussion with children ages 4 to 7.


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BOOK BLINK

                                                 * allows the illustrations to mostly bring across the tale
                                                 * taken from the New International Version of Scripture
                                                 * stays pretty true to the time period
                                                 * questions for discussion at end of book


MY TIDBITS

Well done illustrations allow this known parable to gain clarity in a way young listeners can grasp and enjoy.

This book is part of a series, but I haven't had a chance to peek at the other ones, yet. The parable is a well-known one, the house build on sand versus the house built on stone, and, in this book, taken from the view of the New International Version of Scripture, which, honestly, doesn't change of affect the basics of the tale as opposed to other translations. While there is some text to make certain aspects clear and keep the main parts of the parable as the main theme, it's the illustrations which carry this book and allow the setting of the parable to become clear. I truly appreciated this, since a more realistic way of building from the time period is presented and allows the story to keep its historic foundation and, at the same time, make it accessible to children (and adults). At the end, there is a section with questions and such, which can be used to open up discussions and lead into a family devotional setting.

As said, I do highly appreciate the way the author/illustrator has brought the time-true setting of the parable to life, enabling readers to 'see' the parable in the culture and frame it was told. It becomes clear that the house on stone isn't only sturdier than one on sand, but illustrates the work and effort that this type of building process took. I was a bit disappointed when the 'house built on sand' flew over so quickly as it wasn't quite as clear what was going on. Also, if it weren't for the discussion questions at the back for guardians, parents, and/or teachers, a listener would be left hanging without a true understanding of what the parable meant. The beginning also threw me a bit as it starts quite sudden. A little more and clearer introduction would have been nice.

I'm not sure if this one really works well for a family devotional really as well as it works as a way to introduce children....with guidance and explanation afterwards...to the parable. Still, I do enjoy how it was done and find the illustrations very interesting and lovely. So, I'm recommending it as a resource to the topic rather than something which can be used well as a read all on its own.

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