My kids are well-versed in the stories of the Bible, but I always appreciate the opportunity to bring those stories to life. That is exactly what happens in Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich and published by Barbour Publishing.
About Imagine. . .The Great Flood
Corey is a ten year old who is happy with his life in Texas, but all of that is about to change. His father has taken a job in Florida, and the family will soon be moving. Corey is nervous and apprehensive about the move.
He’s out walking his dog when the dog runs into the woods. Corey follows, but it begins to rain, and he loses his footing, hitting his head hard. When he wakes up, he’s in ancient times, and Noah, much to his neighbors’ amusement, has built his ark. With the help of his sons, Noah is gathering the animals into the ark.
Corey can hardly believe the world that he’s in, especially when he and Noah’s sons run into the Nephilim who do anything they can to disrupt Noah’s sons from their mission and to trap Corey. Noah’s neighbor, Ardad, tries to help when he is able, but the Nephilim don’t give up in their pursuit. As the clouds gather, Corey and Noah’s sons have a new foe to battle–Elizar.
Our Thoughts on Imagine. . .The Great Flood
We read this book aloud, though I think PB & J Girl (3rd grade) could have read this by herself. We read a chapter a day, and often the girls were in suspense to see what the next chapter would hold. Cuddle Bug loved the adventure and excitement of the story, and PB & J Girl liked hearing the logistics of how Noah’s family got the animals on the ark. She also wondered whether Corey would ever get back to his family.
I appreciated how this book brought a Bible story to life and the lessons that it offered. Yes, Corey was scared to move to Florida, but he had his family with him, and if he had faith, like Noah and his sons did, he would do just fine.
This book is written by Matt Koceich, a Texas public school teacher. (He’s already planned the second book in the Imagine series–Imagine. . .The Ten Plagues!) We’re looking forward to reading that one, too.
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