This attractive picture book is beautifully and colorfully illustrated by Hein Zaayman. The text is inspired by Job 28 which begins:
“Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold that they refine. Iron is taken out of the earth and copper is smelted from the ore.”
Subtitled, A Treasure Hunt Through God’s Wondrous World, author Scott James uses the analogy of mining to describe how we must “dig” to find wisdom, which is a valuable treasure. The information given is biblically correct, and there is a final page with a theme verse and thought questions for parents or teachers to use in discussing the material further.
Those good things being said, I do have a concern about this book. It seems designed to appeal to younger children (I would say age 10 or below), but the concept of wisdom is abstract and will be difficult for this age group to grasp. The use of the literal image of mining, in my opinion, would likely be confusing rather than illuminating for young children. On the other hand, a twelve year old would understand the concepts, but find it too babyish in format. I’m not an educator, but as a parent, grandparent and former Sunday School teacher, I believe I am correct in this evaluation.
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VERDICT: 2 STARS. Appealing to look at, but not suited to the targeted age group.
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