Has your child ever wondered what it would be like to live during a significant time in Biblical history? To see first hand how one of the stories that they love so dearly actually happened and to apply what they learn from the experience to their modern day life? If so, then Barbour Publishing's book Imagine...The Great Flood by Matt Koceich would be a wonderful addition to your reading library.
The book follows the story of Corey, a young boy who is upset when he finds out his family will be relocating to Florida from Texas. When Corey has an accident on a visit to the park, hitting his head, he finds himself transported from the safety of his mother and his beloved dog to the moments leading up to the Great Flood, Corey finds himself face to face with Shem, Ham and Japheth, the Nephilim, the evil Elizar, and Noah himself. Corey finds himself in several dangerous situations and learns that by putting his faith in God, God will be merciful and that while we don't always know and understand God's plans for us, he's always in control.
This was a great book for a read aloud for the kids while we took our lunch break. It was a quick read, being only 15 chapters. We simply read two chapters a day over the course of two weeks and were able to finish the book at a reasonable page.
Because this is a fictional book, there are some additions to the Bible story that many are familiar with. In my opinion, this story doesn't change the truth to the scriptures but falls in line with what a child, especially a young boy with a vivid imagination, might visualize the story of Noah. We had a few discussions in regards to the evil wizard, Elizar and how he would easily be a fill in for Satan if I child was imagining the story, especially a child who might be having a dream following hitting his head.
One small issue I had with this book is the rushed ending. Events jump from Corey coming close to drowning and then picks up 3 months later in Florida. However, I'm also an adult who reads literary masterpieces and this book is aimed at smaller children who are going to be much less picky. For a children's book, this story has plenty to it that will keep children entertained, asking questions and relating to Corey. My kids especially, with us being a military family, know that at any day, their dad can come home with orders that will mean picking up, moving to another state (or even to another country) and having to make new friends. That made this book very relatable to both Garrett and Ashleigh.
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