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As a homeschooler, I’ve got a soft spot for children’s books, and particularly books that help my kids better understand the Bible.

This new book, Get to Know Mary, by Nancy I. Sanders is one such book.

It’s a “full-color biography for kids,” and is part of a series of “Get to Know” books published by ZonderKidz.

I read the book to my second-grader and found it to be very well laid out and informative.  It includes a wealth of facts and useful graphics and images, including maps and real-life replicas of ancient artifacts. The book is easy to read, visually appealing and even has vocabulary definitions at the bottom of most pages.

One critique I would have is that some of the material is speculative, not established fact.  The author does her best to give a rounded picture of Mary’s life by filling in gaps that Scripture does not necessarily specify, such as statements like, “Most likely, Mary bought clothes for the family there” or “Mary probably bought fruits, vegetables and olive oil from the marketplace.”  While this can be helpful to give a broader understanding of what Mary’s life could have been like, I think it’s worth mentioning to those reading the book that some of these details are assumptions and not concretely known.

Also, perhaps one more note: There is one image of a work of art entitled ‘Christ on the Cross between the Virgin and St. John,’ which shows Jesus being crucified.  In the picture, there is blood dripping down Jesus’ body and down the wooden cross.  Just mentioning that as a “heads up” for those parents who might have particularly sensitive children.

Overall, I appreciated the content of this book and found value in having the Scripture portions that include Mary condensed into one resource.  I would recommend this biography for families, and look forward to reading more books in this series.


Note: I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers, in exchange for my honest review.