For this review, we received the first two books in the series. The Secrete of the Hidden Scrolls: The Beginning (Book #1) and The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: Race to the Ark (Book #2)
Their Uncle Solomon tells them he has been unable to unlock the scrolls, and like any young child, Peter is now determined to find out what secrets they hold! Written on the scroll is a message that tells them "amazing adventures are in store for those who follow the lion's roar!" Just what secrets are held within these mysterious scrolls?! They soon find out that these scrolls hold the power to transport them through time, as they discover when they wake to the sounds of a roaring lion! When the children, and their dog enter the library and pick up one of the scrolls they are suddenly flying through darkness and find themselves in the days of Creation, along side the angel Michael! Michael tells them they have only seven days to decode the message hidden with in the scroll, or else they will be stuck in that history forever.
In Book #2, the magical scrolls sends them back to the days of Noah. They arrive in a city full of really mean people, they get bullied by some boys and a wolf, and get in trouble for speaking of God. The next day they find themselves at Noah's Ark where they help herd animals into the ark, and tend to them. Again, like in Book #1, the children-and their dog-must solve the mystery within 7 days or be stuck in that time period forever.
Speaking of Michael, the archangel Michael is always there as their guide and to help, but he is hands off in a lot of ways to allow the children to learn for themselves, too. He is there to make sure they are mostly safe, and to lend a hand when absolutely needed. And he's there to remind them of the rules. This reminds me of how we should be as parents. There to make sure our children know the rules, but hands off enough to allow them to make their own mistakes so they can learn and figure out life. We can't live their life for them!
I love the lessons learned in these books. Mr. B was able to point out the lessons being taught, such as God is everywhere in Book #1, and trusting God in Book #2. The lessons are shown in way that shows them being applied to the lives of the characters involved. They are full of fun adventure, and teach the concepts in a meaningful way. They ARE fictional, and a product of the creativeness of the author. It's important to remember, these stories are based off the ones in the Bible, and not actually from the Bible. I don't want anyone to be confused there. Overall, we really liked these. Mr. B is above the intended age range for these books of around age 6 to 9. These are beginning chapter books, but the adventure contained within kept him entertained and engaged. The books are small, at around only 100 pages, so this made for a relatively quick read for him, which is great because he's not really one to read on his own.
The reading level is on par with the suggested age range, but the stories themselves are not. Mr. B, at age 12, really enjoyed the story line and plot, and the character development. As an adult, even I appreciated the overall story dynamics! We recommend these to others who may be looking for easy to read chapter books with an overall moral lesson.
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