Beth and Patrick travel to the Holy Land. Patrick joins the wise men as they travel toward Jerusalem. Beth winds up at Herod’s palace and sees the king’s reaction when he finds out about the newly born King of the Jews. The cousins meet up at the palace. Devout Simeon tells them where they can find the baby Jesus. Beth and Patrick set out with the wise men only to discover they’ve been followed by one of Herod’s soldiers. Knowing that death is in store for the Baby Jesus if the soldier finds Him, Beth and Patrick carry out a plan to keep the baby safe.
I thought this was one of the most clever Imagination Station books. It is a great way for children to learn about Herod’s plan to kill Baby Jesus through the adventure of Patrick and Beth. I haven’t come across many fictional books for children related to Herod’s quest to kill Baby Jesus.
I’ve read several of these books and have never been disappointed with the lessons shared with younger readers. The books are engaging, interesting, easy to read for younger readers, and good read alouds for children who aren’t reading yet. I thought the illustrations in this one were very nice.
If you are looking for a great series to provide young readers with a look at history through the eyes of faith, this is the one for you. I love it as an alternative to the Magic Treehouse books.