Get to Know Mary by Nancy I. Sanders {book review}


Get to Know Mary is one of the titles in the A Biography For Kids series by Nancy Sanders. This book gives readers a historical look into the life of Mary the mother of Jesus. My daughter age 6 was very interested in learning all about the cultures, Holy Days celebrated, known places that Mary had traveled, how her life probably looked before she knew she would be carrying the Son of God, and much more. We intend on using this book as well as the others in the series for our home devotions and studies in the word of God. The book is 112 pages long and full of 4-color maps and numerous photos excellent for visual learners. In the front of the book, there’s a key that informs readers and teachers to get to know how to use this book. There are icons such as a sandal which gives information about a Bible Hero, an eye icon for an eyewitness account of someone that saw what happened and tells about it, a word bank that introduces biblical words and definition perhaps not known to a child before, and a clay jar which tells fun facts.

There are a total of twelve chapters which are as follows; A Daughter in the House of Jacob, Engaged to Be Married, Birth of the Firstborn Son, The Newborn King, The Town of Nazareth, Mary and Joseph’s Home, Sharing Faith with Her Family, Holidays are Holy Days, Life and Death, Dealing with the Messiah, At the Cross and A New Beginning. The chapters follow through a time-line of Mary’s life. In the back of the book there is an actual time-line to look at which is great for visual learners!

The writing style is simple and easy to understand. My daughter had no trouble reading most of the words by herself. She really likes the the facts that are included throughout and thinks it’s pretty neat to see the maps and full color photos and other illustrations pertaining to what is being discussed in each of the chapters. I feel that my children are getting a great amount of information in a way that they can easily comprehend. A historical point of view painted out in words as well as pictures is sometimes all we need to look a little deeper into the people we read about in the Bible. Nancy does a great job in reaching kids with not just this book but the series as a whole, in my opinion,

Overall, this is an excellent biography and would be a great book to use for book reports, casual reading, or character studies as well as for home, church, or school use. I’m excited to go through the Life of Mary with both of my children! These books are great for all but well suited mainly for the five to ten year old range.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC regulations.