I recently signed up with Booklook Bloggers to read and review new publications — it has been such a great experience!
The first book I received was Ruth and Naomi by Zonderkidz publishing:
From childhood, Ruth has always been a favorite book of mine from the Bible. Zonderkidz has beautifully captured the essence of Ruth’s story in an easy-to-read format. Simple sentences and colorful illustrations bring this story of love and redemption alive to developing readers.
The book does a good job of expressing the emotions of the main characters, Ruth, Naomi and Boaz. Younger readers will enjoy having the book read to them, while emerging readers can help read along. I feel the story was written with enough details to keep a child interested, without being too short or too long.
David Miles’ illustrations are vibrant and rich in color, which adds greatly to the book. The characters faces are very expressive which helps the child get a good feel for their emotions. The details in the landscaping will help the child connect with the book’s settings from Moab to Israel.
At the end of the book, I was pleased to find additional information that gives a brief history of the lineage of Jesus. In addition, the last page includes two short verses from the book of Ruth and recounts the basic history of both Ruth and Naomi.
I would highly recommend this book for your child’s library.