This week I have the pleasure of telling you about two kids books, The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Beginning (Book #1) and The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: Race to the Ark (Book #2), by publisher WorthyKids/Ideals.
THE LEGEND OF
THE HIDDEN SCROLLS
The scrolls contain the
truth you seek.
Break the seal,
unroll the scroll,
and you will see the past unfold.
Amazing adventures are in store
for those who follow
the lion’s roar!
The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Beginning (Book #1) begins in a familiar way: two kids–a brother and a sister–are left to spend some time along with their uncle, who is a bit eccentric and unknown to them. Great-Uncle Solomon is mysterious, but soon Peter, Mary and their dog Hank learn that Great-Uncle Solomon has discovered several magical scrolls. Through an accident, the children end up opening a scroll and being transported to a different time and place: the very Beginning. The children witness the acts of a literal seven-day Creation, and have to solve the mystery of the scroll in a short amount of time or they will never get to go home.
Peter, Mary and Hank are helped by Michael, the angel, and by God directly. They solve the puzzle and return home, where Uncle Solomon is waiting for them, and he presents the rest of the Genesis account of Creation to them.
This time, the scroll transports them to the time of Noah. This book does a particularly excellent job at showing darkness in the lives of Noah’s contemporaries. Again, the children have several rules they must follow (like any good time-traveler), and they have to solve the scroll in seven days or they will never get to go home.
The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: Race to the Ark (Book #2) starts in the same place, but this time Peter and Mary have Great-Uncle Solomon’s blessing and encouragement to continue opening the scrolls “when the lion roars.”
This book is pretty intense–the Dark Ruler of Noah’s home town is Satan himself, and the kids are imprisoned by him. They do end up escaping, but it’s not until moments before Peter drifts to his death in the flood that they manage to solve the scroll’s mystery and are transported back home.
I started Book #1 with my six year old, and he was immediately engaged. I took a break from reading it because I had to sort through my own thoughts on this type of fiction story. Is it confusing to mix fiction with Biblical truth? Is Bubba old enough to sort out the difference without muddling things too much? Can he handle recognizing the fantasy elements mixed with the Biblical accounts and see what part is true and what part isn’t? Will he develop a thought that he has to be somewhere and see it with his own eyes to believe it?
The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Beginning (Book #1) seemed to imply this, especially, that seeing something with your own eyes makes it more trustworthy. I didn’t get the same feeling from the second book. I decided I would continue to read both books to Bubba, after a lengthy talk about my concerns with him, because I think these stories are really fun and talk about the Biblical stories in a way that really helps them come alive. I will time the reading of the second book with a reading in a few different children’s Bibles about Noah, so that Bubba has the Bible story fresh in his mind before encountering this fun fictional account.
Overall, we enjoyed these as a fun way to snuggle and talk about what it would be like if we could go back in time to see what it was like in our favorite Bible stories.
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