Lifeway has a new Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids and my family has been blessed with our very own copy! This dictionary is based on the Holman Bible Dictionary and Holman Pocket Bible Dictionary that have been around for years.
The first thing to grab my attention was the beautiful pictures. They are so colorful, and although some are cartoon type illustrations, many are actual photographs which really help bring the Bible to life. When you can see an actual place it makes it more real than when you only see a drawing all the time.
In addition to the pictures and illustrations there are charts, reconstructions of cities and buildings to show the child how they may have looked in Bible times, pronunciations guides for hard to pronounce words, and numerous maps to help you understand the layout of the land.
It didn’t take long for me to see how easy and straight to the point this dictionary was and how simple (and quick) it was to learn. The facts are stated without a lot of extra information that tends to bog a child down and cause him/her to lose interest. For example the Definition for Emperor simply states:
Emperor: Word The New Testament uses to refer to a Caesar of Rome. Acts 25:21, 25, 26; 1Peter 2:13, 17. (Below the definition is a picture of a statue with the caption): Trojan was probably the Roman emperor (A.D. 98-117) when John, the last of the twelve apostles, died. (If you would like to see for yourself, click here for a PDF sampler).
The layout of the dictionary was something else that I found quite charming. Down the side of the pages you will find a colorful alphabet with a letter that is highlighted to let you know which section of the alphabet your viewing. This makes it very easy to find what you’re looking for.
- Great resource for home, church, and/or ANY library
- 212 pages
- Large, colorful, Hardback $14.99
- Designed for kids ages 5-10, but I learned something the first time I opened it and I’m no where near that age
- Over 750 Bible terms with more than 500 illustrations
**Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received this product free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion/review. For more honest reviews from real homeschoolers, visit the TOS Crew website.