Children love pictures. They love them even more when they have to find different things in each picture. Look and Find Bible: New Testament Stories, text by Charlotte Thoroe (Amazon credits B&H Editorial Staff as the author), illustrated by Gill Guile and published by B&H Publisher (2014) asks them to do exactly that. This kind of story-telling provides hours of “look and find” fun,  and also acquaints the child with each Bible story.

Thoroe covers five stories about Jesus in Look and Find Bible: New Testament Stories. The five are: Jesus’ baptism, His first miracle, His healing of the paralytic, His story about the sowing of the seeds and His time with Zaccheus. Each depicted scene gives the Bible reference and has a checklist of items for the child to search for in the picture. Some of the items a child is asked to find are: children climbing a tree, an owl, a goat, camels, a man juggling, a man about to be hit by an egg, disciples of John the Baptist and two donkeys.

As you can see, some of the look-and-finds are serious, but others are humorous and add unusual interest to the story. Another attention grabber for the sharp-eyed reader is that a raccoon is hidden in each story’s illustration.

Guile’s colorful illustrations are true to the time period. This enhances the reader’s (viewer’s)’ knowledge of Biblical days and immerses the child in that long ago time.

Another unique feature of this board book is its slick-surfaced pages. The child can use an erasable marker on that surface. When one child has finished finding and checking off the items, the checklist can be erased and another child or family member can have a turn “looking and finding.”

I give this book high marks for having an unusual twist in presenting Bible stories in a way this is fun for the whole family.

Carol Green, a graduate of Northwestern, is the mother of three adult children. Her five grandchildren affectionately call her “Grams cracker.” She is the published author of many poems for both adults and children; three coloring books: God Gave Me Five, ABC Fun Book, and Color God’s World Bright; and the picture book: My Mom Loves Me.

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