Moses and the Very Big Rescue – Tim Thornborough and Jennifer Davison

Moses and the Very Big Rescue by Tim Thornborough, Jennifer Davison
Also by this author: Deborah and the Very Big Battle
Series: Very Best Bible Stories #8
Published by Good Book Company on November 16, 2020
Genres: Children's, Bible Stories
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Faithful and fun retelling of Moses and the exodus from Egypt, for children 2-5 years old, showing how God rescues his people from slavery.

In this faithful and innovative retelling of the classic Bible story of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, children of 2-5 years old will discover what happened when Moses told Pharaoh to “Let my people go” and Pharaoh said, “No, no, no!”

Children will be invited to join in as they count down from 10 to zero to see how God rescues his people from slavery in Egypt with signs and wonders.

It teaches some interesting numerical skills to children and has bright, vivid, fun-filled illustrations by Jennifer Davison.

This picture book tells the story of the Exodus. Author Tim Thornborough writes in an engaging style with lots of action words, and Jennifer Davison’s illustrations are simple, colorful, and ethnically accurate. The book emphasizes the way that God keeps his promises, but Moses and the Very Big Rescue is best for children who are already highly familiar with this story and its characters. Although this picture book faithfully retells the biblical narrative, the author jumps straight to the burning bush without setting up Moses’s miraculous deliverance as a child, his history with the Pharaoh, or his personal character. Because these elements of the story always fascinated me, I think it is unfortunate that this book skips over them.

Because Moses and the Very Big Rescue focuses on the plagues and the Israelite’s escape from Egypt without the initial context of Mose’s background, children who are not familiar with Bible stories will miss out on key elements of this narrative. At the same time, children who have heard this story repeatedly will not find anything new or unusual here. Aside from the ethnic accuracy in the illustrations, I do not think that there is anything significant about this book that sets it apart from others about the Exodus.

This book is colorful, engaging, and written in child-friendly terms, and families and churches who are interested in this series will enjoy adding this to their collection. However, because the story skips over important set-up without offering anything significant to offset that loss, I do not think that it is the best or strongest retelling of the Exodus story for someone to pursue. The difficulty with stories like this is that so many people have already retold them, and this does not stand out significantly from other options.

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