“Esther was afraid. She knew if she went to the king she would be in danger. But Esther also knew God would want her to be brave. She prayed for courage,” the Bible story is retold in Zonderkidz’s children’s book, Brave Queen Esther.
Part of the “I Can Read!” Adventure Bible series, this numbered thirty-two-page paperback targets children four to eight years old interested in knowing more about the Biblical story of Queen Esther. Using the New International Version of the Bible, the story is taken from the Old Testament. Containing the concepts of punishment, boldness, and trust, its level is for developing readers.
After a book-ownership page and message to parents regarding the “I Can Read!” series, illustrator Miles’s expressive and detailed designs fill both sides of the opened pages, leaving blank backgrounds for black wording in an easy-to-read font. The end of the book includes sections titled “People of the Bible” and “Did You Know.” There is also an advertisement for three other books in the Adventure Bible Family series.
Following well-known Bible events, this charming and engaging rendition of Esther saving the Jewish people from elimination is simple and direct. Explaining how Esther lived wither her older cousin, Mordecai, they are both Jews living during the Persian Empire. Although the story does not explain exactly how Esther became queen, it continues how she enjoys her new position.
When Mordecai is hated by Haman and learns of the evil man’s plan to get rid of the Jewish people, the cousin asks Esther to stop the king from making a decree. Esther is scared but invites the king and Haman to dinner where she informs the king he has been tricked. The ending shows Haman is arrested and to be punished while Mordecai is given an important job. Everyone is happy the Jews are saved.
Although the book does not go into detail of the graphic story of trying to annihilate Jews, its innocuous presentation will not frighten readers but show how God helps others through trusting in Him. With simplistic wording that a beginner reader can readily comprehend, it is a great teaching tool involving an old Bible story.
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