Battle In The Valley

Children - Religious Theme
140 Pages
Reviewed on 02/13/2020
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Author Biography

Susanne & Cole Blumer live in the magical town of Black Mountain, North Carolina where they write books and own a bookstore & toy store.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Donna Gielow McFarland for Readers' Favorite

Battle in the Valley by Cole Blumer and Susanne Blumer is part of the Bell Tower Bible Adventure Series, which offers a creative approach to teaching children stories from the Bible. Twins Caroline and Chip and their friend Billy have stumbled upon a way to travel back in time. They meet in the church bell tower, ring the bell and voilá! They are somewhere else in another time. In Battle of the Valley, they land near a pasture where a shepherd named David is taking care of his sheep. David has to save the kids from a lion, which he scares off using his sling. Soon, Caroline, Chip, and Billy realize that David is the David from the Bible. They accompany him to the battle where he confronts the giant Goliath.

Cole Blumer and Susanne Blumer have written this story for young readers who are ready for chapter books. It would be perfect for kids in grades 1-3, but it could also be read to younger children. There are occasional black and white illustrations that add to the story. I found the treatment of the account of David and Goliath to be accurate to the biblical story. There are added elements because of the presence of the children, but a child reading this book would not be misled about the details. I think telling the story of David and Goliath by inserting modern-day children into the narrative is very effective. From reading Battle in the Valley, I would recommend the Bell Tower Bible Adventure Series for use by Sunday School teachers, Christian schools and families.

Diane Kane

The Battle in the Valley by Suzanne Blumer is the second in The Bell Tower Bible Adventure series. Each book can be enjoyed individually in any order. Three modern-day children accompany the reader through time to a unique biblical setting. Caroline and Chip are twin brother and sister visiting their grandparents for summer vacation. The adventure begins when they meet a new friend Billy at the playground. While exploring the nearby bell tower, Chip pulls the rope, and the bell rings, causing them to travel magically through time and space. In The Battle in the Valley, their journey takes them to Bethlehem in the time of David and Goliath. Author Suzanne Blumer has taken well-known stories of ancient origin and given them a fun and fascinating modern twist.

The Battle in the Valley put me right into the action and made me feel like I was standing beside David facing Goliath. Suzanne Blumer has combined adventure, mystery, and imagination for nonstop reading excitement that is sure to pique children’s curiosity in the Bible. Caroline, Chip, and Billy are the perfect modern-day guides to accompany the young reader on adventures of a lifetime. The plot revolves around family values, respect, and Christianity with upbeat, positive dialog and narrative. Nicely sketched images throughout the book enhance the story. The Bible excerpt included at the end is a thought-provoking way to tie the original and modern tale together. I thoroughly enjoyed this journey back in time, and I look forward to future adventures with characters who have become my friends.