Monday, November 23, 2015

THE BEHEMOTH DINOSAUR IN THE LAND OF UZ


THE BEHEMOTH DINOSAUR IN THE LAND OF UZ

This is an unusual children’s book set in the land of Uz. The characters in the story are surprising: a behemoth, a young Job and the people of Uz. Both Spanish-speaking people as well as English-speaking folks who wish to learn Spanish will appreciate that this book is a bilingual story, split into parts, the first in English followed by Spanish. The story is about the people of Uz who are afraid of the behemoth dinosaur because he’s different, and they are scared he will take all their food and water when he lives there as well. As the story progresses, the people learn that sharing, even with such a large, unusual creature, isn’t as bad as it seems as long as everyone shares equally, including the behemoth.
Personally, I don't see the necessity of this book featuring the biblical character Job. For me, that plays with history a bit too much. Not that Job was a man holier than others, but sometimes children's picture books can play down characters in the Bible. This story basically takes a setting, a creature and a character from a portion of the Bible and invents an entirely different story to teach a lesson to children. I am not entirely opposed to this book but neither am I fan of it. 
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

More about the book:
Carvings and fossils of dinosaurs with humans have been seen in various caves around the world. These carvings and fossils have been tested to provide evidence that proves these fossils are not as old as we've been told.

A salted lake was formed in MINUTES in Japan's earthquake in 2011. If it had occurred during the time when the motion picture was not available, science would have said the lake took millions of years to form.

The story and dialogue of this book takes place between people and the behemoth. The behemoth walks to the well to get water and sees his friend Job. Job becomes excited to see him and hugs him. Many villagers want the behemoth out of the village. But at the end, everything changes.