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The Hidden Village

The Hidden Village
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The Hidden Village tells the story of Manju, a young boy from West Bengal, India, who acts out the story of Zacchaeus. From the top of the tallest mangrove tree, he finds a hidden village deep in the forest. He wants to do everything he can to help the hungry people in the little village. But what can he do when the people in his village won’t believe his story, and even wild animals and the weather seem determined to stop him from helping?

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  • ISBN - 978-1-62856-311-5
  • eISBN - 978-1-62856-312-2
  • Author - Bonnie Rose Hudson
  • Copyright Year - 2017
  • Length - 72 pp.
  • Publisher - BJU Press, JourneyForth
  • Reading Level - 6-7
  • Lexile Measurement - 630

The Hidden Village

The Hidden Village is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Children's Book That Shows Love in Action The Hidden Village is such a beautiful story! It's a wonderful book for children and families to enjoy together, as children learn about sharing the love of Jesus. Bonnie Rose Hudson has written a thoughtful story that will show readers the importance of helping people who have never heard about Jesus. The Hidden Village tells the story of people who are unknown and found by a boy in a neighboring village. He discovers that they have never heard about God and His love through Jesus Christ. Children will learn about putting love into action, putting "feet" to their faith. Children will also learn that God knows and loves all people; He wants all people to know Jesus. The Hidden Village will further help children to understand the work of missionaries; and how the love God reaches everywhere. This is an excellent book for teaching children about evangelism, the work of missionaries, and caring for people outside of their own homes and families. I am delighted to highly recommend The Hidden Village by Bonnie Rose Hudson. It's a perfect book for families, Sunday School classes, and a wonderful resource for helping children learn about putting love and faith into action. *I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The opinion stated is my own. I have not been compensated in any way.*
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book to Teach Children to Hide God's Word in their Heart! I started reading it and literally couldn't put it down. It was not only a fun read, but a quick one too. I read half the book myself in about 25 minutes. The chapters are short and simple, which I love for my young readers. I can assign a chapter a day for my little ones and it isn't overwhelming. Of course, if they want to read more I'd gladly let them. I love that the book is set in a real country and place - in the state of West Bengal in India. The names of the characters are native and the setting is very real. I could picture the little village in my head and I know my kids will too! Hudson has obviously done her homework and brings in geography and social studies as well as the heart of God, in a simple and relatable way kids can understand. I quickly found myself falling in love with the main character, Manju, and really had a hard time putting the book down because I was 'pulling' for him in his adventures and following God's leading. Without giving away too much of the story, this is a book I would read to my children over and over. I was given this book in exchange for a review, but all opinion are my own.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An inspiring story to spread the good news for all ages! I was so excited to get an advanced copy of this book. Bonnie Rose is a wonderful Christian author and my 'go to' for great homeschool material on her website. Let me tell you about this book as you'll be excited as I am to either use it as a read-aloud for younger children or a short story reader for an independent reader. The Hidden Village is a fictional story written for younger children about a perseverant boy named Manju living deep in the forests of West Bengal, India. Manju providentially discovers a destitute and illiterate people in a hidden village. Manju leads the way in restoring this village, spiritually, mentally and physically! Manju begins walking us through how special mangrove trees are in his life and his relationship with a Pastor who gave him his first bible. After running through several of these mangrove trees, Manju discovers a hidden village. As he rushes home in excitement to tell his family, surprisingly, no one believes him! Even though no one takes him seriously, Manju, through prayer, is determined to help the village people who are destitute and illiterate. He walks us through his experience of saving food, gathering supplies, finding work to help them, dealing with a protective rhinoceros mother, and eventually leading the hidden village people to the Lord using God's word. It's a delightful short story for younger children and older as well. My kids who are 12 and 11 loved it, including the illustrations. It contains a table of contents, pronunciation guide, and questions to ask for further reflection. My daughter said she was thankful for the front cover as it gave her a glimpse of how far the hidden village was from seeing the smoke pour out of the forest. My son, an avid reader, enjoyed it and even corrected me on a couple of names (thanks to the guide!) when we discussed later! If you are looking for an inspiring story to spread the gospel to your children, look no further. This is it! Enjoy.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring Story that Saves The Hidden Village It is amazing how author Bonnie rose Hudson transports readers into simple, rural life in India, The Hidden Village introduces Manju, a spirited young boy always prepared with tall tales and full of ideas. As Manju happens upon a small village hidden within the depths of the forest, the challenge of finding support along with much needed resources changes not only his life, but also the lives of those he encounters in the village. My son and I seemed to be side-by-side Manju on his mission to deliver a message of hope and faith to a seemingly forgotten village, descriptively written by Hudson, and illustrated by Keith Neely. Written as appropriate to be read with children ages 6 and up, this is a delightful story emphasizing the significance even one person makes by caring about others. Full review available at-
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kids Can Be Missionaries, Too This is a neat story about a young man who befriends a hidden village - hidden from his own village but he knows God knows about it. He sees them hurting and know he should help. He does his best to help them with food and blankets but realizes that it is a bigger need than he can handle. He trusts God throughout the book and after sharing about the village with the traveling preacher, his friends in the hidden village are helped. This story is set in India and is a very easy to read chapter book. Featuring a young man with a heart for helping, it shows young readers that they can be a missionary by following the prompting of their hearts and trusting to God to lead them. With some additional information on the world this young man lives in, it can be the beginning of a fantastic unit study. Our family loved the story and could not put it down. We even took it with us and read it in the car while running errands. It is fantastic!
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great addition to our bookshelves and homeschool The Hidden Village is definitely a treasure on our bookshelves. My kids love that it is from the perspective of a kid who is leading the way, and they enjoy the beautiful illustrations. They always clamored for me to read the next chapter! I love it because of the gospel-centered, mission-minded message and that it helped my children have one more way of thinking and talking about other cultures and people groups. I was also happy that it was a fun read aloud but worked for my young independent readers as well, and could easily be made into a unit study. It’s a win for our family! I was given this book by the author but all opinions are my own. I would happily buy any such book by Bonnie. Her material is wonderful.
Date published: 2017-12-04
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