Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Review of Peggy Consolver - Author

Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer {Peggy Consolver}

Peggy Consolver - Author is the woman behind Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer, a book partially inspired by the author's work excavating with the Associates for Biblical Research. If that background doesn't pique your curiosity, I don't know what will! This book is based on the Gibeonites of Joshua 9 and 10 from the point of view of a young teenage shepherd boy. You can read more about how the story evolved into Mrs. Consolver's work with the ABR (which then culminated in this book) in the article she wrote on their website

Mary-Catherine (12) is my historical fiction lover, so this book went straight into her hands when I received it. While she was reading it, I was checking out the study guide. Many times when we get a book to review, I give the study guide a cursory glance, but this time, I was very interested in it. I have a degree in history (and a minor in theology), but my history knowledge of this time period is not as solid as it should be, so I was very glad for the extra help. Mrs. Consolver provides wonderful additional helps to aid in the enjoyment of this book! From maps to braiding instructions, to references to Israeli mammals, the study guide allows you to more fully immerse yourself in the world of Keshub, the Canaanite shepherd boy who stars in this story. I was so happy to have this resource, and it is one I really enjoyed being able to share with Mary-Catherine. It was especially fun reading about honey and realizing that it has been an important part of people's lives for thousands of years.

Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer Peggy Consolver

As to the story itself, although Mary-Catherine finished it, she didn't find it a particularly easy read. Because of the time and geographical location, there are plenty of unfamiliar words (although a guide to characters and relationships at the beginning of the book is certainly helpful) and place names. Also, because the book centers around an Old Testament event that is not one that is well-known to her, she doesn't have any kind of familiar story to grab onto to get her through the drier parts of the book. In retrospect, I think this book might have made a better family read aloud than an individual read for Mary-Catherine. Again, though, the study guide definitely enhanced the reading experience!

For families that are studying the Old Testament, or even better studying Biblical archaeology, this book would make a terrific extra resource. There aren't too many out there that fill this niche, and it is very well-written. Also, older teens would probably really enjoy it. Twelve may have been just a little too young, even though Mary-Catherine usually reads above grade level. 79 other Homeschool Review Crew members were given the chance to read this book, too, so don't just take my word for it! Click on the banner below to see what they had to say!

Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer {Peggy Consolver Reviews}
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you Mary-Catherine and Mom for your review. Have a blessed day!