Corrie ten Boom: The Courageous Woman and The Secret Room – Laura Caputo-Whickam and Isobel Munoz

Corrie ten Boom Laura Caputo Wickham
Corrie ten Boom: The Courageous Woman and The Secret Room by Laura Caputo-Wickham, Isobel Munoz
Also by this author: Betsey Stockton: The Girl With a Missionary Dream
Series: Do Great Things for God #1
Published by The Good Book Company on April 19, 2021
Genres: Children's, Children's Educational
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Inspiring childrens biography of Corrie ten Boom, who saved hundreds of Jews during World War 2.

In 1940, the Germans invaded the Netherlands, and Corrie ten Boom and her family helped to hide as many Jews as possible. They even had a secret room built in her bedroom.

Corrie and her sister were caught by the German army and sent to a concentration camp, where God made sure they always had a Bible to read and plenty of opportunities to share the good news about Jesus.

Corries trust in God gave her the strength to go on until the war ended. From then on, Corrie talked about her life to big crowds, saying, Theres no pit so deep that Gods love is not deeper still.

Children will enjoy this beautifully illustrated childrens biography of Corrie ten Boom, who saved hundreds of Jews during World War 2.

Can be read to young children aged 4-7 and read by children aged 7 years+.

This picture book biography introduces children to Corrie ten Boom and her courageous rescue of Jews during World War II. The end of the book briefly alludes to her postwar ministry, and the two-page timeline provides additional details, including the fact that she was the first licensed female watchmaker in the Netherlands. Laura Caputo-Whickam tells the story with simple, direct language, and Isobel Munoz’s illustrations help capture the mood, with dark scenes depicting the war. The illustrations also visualize the hiding places in the ten Boom family’s home.

Corrie ten Boom: The Courageous Woman and The Secret Room is a great young readers’ introduction to this famously faithful Christian. The story emphasizes the role that the Bible played in her life, during her years growing up, her adulthood, and her time in prison with her sister Betsie. It also highlights her prayer life, and her promise to God that she would do anything she could to serve and save the Jews. This is a very inspiring and meaningful story, and this picture book conveys it in a way that will interest children and likely give them greater interest in reading The Hiding Place and other Corrie ten Boom writings later in life.

This is a great resource for churches, families, Christian schools, and homeschoolers. The biography is brief and historically accurate, and designed to hold a child’s attention. The author gives just the right amount of information for young children to understand, without losing their attention or overwhelming them with heavy details about the war. This could be an inspiring read-aloud for children in preschool and kindergarten, if the adults in their lives are comfortable with answering questions about the Holocaust, and would be a great independent reading choice for elementary-aged kids.

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