My nine-year-old daughter loves reading. She always has a book or two that she’s working on. Trying to find quality books at this pace can be difficult, so I’m always on the lookout for good reads. That’s why I was thrilled for the chance to review the next two books in the Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series from WorthyKids Books.
In this fictional series, two children named Peter and Mary, are spending time with their Great Uncle Solomon. He is an archeologist, and he’s uncovered the Legend of the Hidden Scrolls! And now the kids can use those scrolls to travel back in time and witness important biblical events. We recently received Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Shepherd’s Stone (Book 5), and Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Lion’s Roar (Book 6).
What Are These Books About?
Like the other books in the series, Peter and Mary travel back in time in these two. If you’re curious about books 1-4 in this series, you can find my reviews below:
Now, let’s take a closer look at the next two books. Like the others in the series, these are softcover, and 120 pages. The text is perfectly sized for readers who are just getting started with chapter books. There are also black and white illustrations sprinkled throughout.
The Shepherd’s Stone (Book 5)
Let’s think – who in the Bible was a shepherd and used a stone in a big way? Oh, that’s right – David! In this book, the two kids (and their dog Hank!) travel back to the story of David and Goliath.
They encounter a young David in the city of Bethlehem. The time travelers accompany David as he takes food to the Israelite army. They witness Goliath and the threat against God’s people.
In each of these books, the two kids have to discover the secret of the scrolls to get back home. It’s always an important theme for the whole book, and a lesson to help children (and adults) lean more on God.
This time, the secret on the scroll is, “Fear not, God is bigger than any problem.”
The Lion’s Roar (Book 6)
Time to guess again – what Bible character do you think Peter and Mary are going to meet who has to deal with a lion’s roar?
Did you guess Daniel? Great job! In this book, the time travelers go back in time to the time of David. They arrive just when the high priest is commanding people to bow down to an idol. They meet Shadrach. They also meet Daniel and see him get thrown into the lion’s den.
As they run into problems (and wind up pushed into the lion’s den) the two kids discover the secret on the scroll:
“God is in control.”
How We Used These Books
This time, Ellie read both books independently. She said they were easy to read, but she still liked them.
The two of us talked about the books, and discussed how these were one author’s opinion on how things in Bible times might have happened. It sparked a great discussion on fiction and non-fiction. And inspired Ellie to try her own hand at thinking about what life might have been like during a different event in God’s word.
What We Thought of the Books
Here’s what Ellie had to say about book 5:
I liked reading about how David beat Goliath. The time travel part started with David chasing away wolves with his sling. Then, Mary and Peter go with him to bring his brothers food. They see Goliath and learn more about him. They see Michael the archangel and learn they can’t interfere with history. Then David kills Goliath and the kids go home.
And her thoughts on book 6:
This book took many stories from Daniel and sort of put them together. There was bowing down to idols and Shadrach. And Daniel in the lion’s den. The two kids got pushed into the lion’s den too by the high priest since they wouldn’t bow down. Then Michael protected them and Daniel. They solve the scroll and go home.
When asked what she thought of the books, here is what Ellie had to say:
I like the series. They are good to bring on trips in the car. My favorite is still book 1, because it is about creation. The pictures in all of them are good.
So, if you’re looking for books that help teach your children important principles like trusting God and not fearing, I recommend this series from WorthyKids.
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