Along with our regular read alouds, we’ve recently added Shepherd, Potter, Spy–and the Star Namer by Peggy Consolver – Author. This historical fiction story is about the Gibeonites from Joshua 9 and 10.
Shepherd, Potter, Spy–and the Star Namer
I began reading to everyone (ages 4-14), but soon only the 14-year-old was left. Not surprisingly, it is a bit much for the kindergartners. As a result, she and I took turns reading as we made our way through the book.
We read through the actual Bible verses to see where the story was pulled from, and then dove into the book. I am amazed at how much she was able to pull and put together from just those two chapters in the Bible. Ms. Consolver’s book is 46 chapters in length.
Part of the reason I love historical fiction so much is that the story is valuable because it teaches you something, but it’s also highly entertaining and allows you to feel transported back in time to experience events that otherwise you might only know as dates and names.
We really enjoyed learning about the culture of the people and geography of Canaan. If you’re interested in learning even more about that time, Ms. Consolver has written a study guide to help your family dive a bit deeper into the story. There are also several interesting links to videos, pictures, and maps. All of which could be used as tools to turn this into a full blown unit study. My children especially liked the videos about using a sling and making a real bow!
We have been enjoying the book and will continue to do so. Because it has been an “extra” in our regular read alouds, we don’t always get to it, however, we fully intend to finish it!
Shepherd, Potter, Spy–and the Star Namer is a wonderful family read aloud. It’s also a great break for us mamas who tend to read non-fiction most of the time. I’d recommend the book for middle school readers and above, as I believe younger readers might have trouble pronouncing some of the names.
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