Moses Leads the People (kids book review)


Book description: 

Moses asked God, “Are you sure I am the right man?”
The Israelites are in slavery in Egypt, and God wants Moses to help set them free. But Moses is afraid no one will listen to him. And the Pharaoh is stubborn! He doesn’t want to let God’s people go. Even when God sends many plagues to Egypt, the Pharaoh still says no.
Then God sends the tenth plague. Will Pharaoh finally let God’s people go?
This level 2 I Can Read! book is designed for newly independent readers and is based on the Adventure Bible—the #1 Bible for kids!
My thoughts: 
Moses Leads the People (An Adventure Bible I Can Read!) illustrated by David Miles, is another great, accurate children's book depicting the classic Bible story of Moses and the Exodus. It begins with Moses seeing the burning bush and being asked to help set God's people free, and goes through the sending of the plagues, and Moses parting the water for the Israelites. I, personally, felt that this was a very accurate re-telling of the Bible story. The only part that caught me off guard was some of the pictures of the plagues were rather disturbing (like the man with the boils) and that the death of the first born was focused on. I know that that is a major part of the Biblical story, however, I wonder how appropriate it is to be focused on that for the ages group that would be likely to read this book (which is 4-8 recommended).
I did let my children read this book. Rebecca (age 7) read the story to her brothers (ages 4 and 2) and she did not have any problems with the story. There were a couple of words that she paused over but was able to sound out...like plague and locusts. Jacob (age 4) had a lot of questions about the 10 plagues and seemed afraid that they would happen again. It led us to discuss God's love for us and that the Egyptians were treating God's people badly and that is why God sent the plagues.  Rebecca did not seem to be upset or caught off guard by the pictures of the plagues.  Even with this issue, Moses Leads the People will remain in our library as a way to share the Bible stories with my children. I believe that they should know the stories, but I might wait until Benjamin and Jacob are closer to the 7-8 age range before we read it again. 
Disclaimer:  I received this book free from the publisher and Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 
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