The 200 area is where you will find books on religion. I found some hidden treasures again that I am really excited to share with you! Books on different religions, mythology, the Bible, individual Greek and Roman mythical figures, and many others complete this collection.
One gem I would like to share with you today is the book, You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Mayan Soothsayer by Rupert Matthews! A Mayan soothsayer is a holy man such as a priest. It took someone many hours of learning including studying hundreds of Mayan gods. The good news is if you are a soothsayer you would have had a chance to become an important person. However, the title clearly hints at the fact that this might not be such a great career choice. Actually, you may have had to become one because you were told you had too!
The bad news! While you are learning hundreds of symbols, your master will eat delicious food. You on the other hand would be quite lucky if you even got to eat cornbread with tomato sauce. Also, make sure you pass your tests. If you don’t, then you will have to work in the fields! I love this series of books. We have a lot on other subjects and it is definitely a kid favorite (and mine too).
Who’s Who and Where’s Where in the Bible for Kids by Stephen Miller. This book is nice because it comes with pictures and a pronunciation example for all of the names. For example Gethsemane is pronounced geth SEM un nee. If you want to learn more then there is a reference to where it can be found in the Bible. Information is not wordy and the book is colorful.
The Kids’ Fun Book of Jewish Time by Emily Sper is really fun! Most of the pages come with instructions to turn, lift or pull to find the answers. The pages all have bright colors and large print. It really makes learning in a exciting way!
And last but not least are the books on Mythology! This is a popular section that kids often seek, but are not so sure on the Dewey number! Mythology is located in more than one area, but look at the 292 and 201 area to get a start. I grabbed a book on Athena by B.A. Hoena who is the goddess of wisdom and courage. I learned that she did not like fighting and encouraged people to use wisdom instead to solve disagreements.
Take a look at the 200’s and see what else you may discover!