Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Hurry-Up Exit from Egypt (A Faith that God Built Book)-A Review

Gary Bower crafts another clever children's book in the A Faith that God Built series.  Modeled after the  the timeless kid's book, This is the House that Jack Built, Bower uses a progression of repeated phrases to sing-song through the story of the Israelites exodus from Egypt.  Each phrase has it's own rhyming words. The text has fun hyphenated words like hurry-up, lickety-split and eye-popping. Though a very simple account of the Biblical story, Bower packs in a surprising amount of detail through sentence structure and sequence. The illustrations have cartoonish kid-appeal with characters up close and colorful.

My only criticism is the ending.  It felt too abrupt and didn't give enough finish to the story.  Rather than show or tell how the people escaped Pharoah's army, the last rhyme ends with a picture of a large open book, presumably the Bible, and informs the reader that this book "tells of the day God stopped their pursuers and swept them away." As in all the books in this series, the very last page gives the reference of where to find the whole story in the Bible.  The ending and the note on the last page felt redundant.

Overall, there is plenty to like in this delightful children's book.

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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