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Reviewed by Lori A. Moore for Readers' Favorite
How To Be Really Street Smart - Following God's Road Signs Along Life's Highway is a new take on teaching kids the importance of living a Godly life. Using stories of the lives of men and women in the Bible, author Tina J. Cole illustrates when those biblical characters took the wrong steps and made poor choices in their lives. She correlates these actions with road signs such as Stop, Wrong Way, U-Turn, Do Not Enter, Yield, Road Work Ahead, and more. These signs are easy for kids to understand and a clever way to show them the results of their actions as related to what the biblical characters did or should have done.
After each story or lesson presented, Tina J. Cole provides three important takeaways. One is an FYI that summarizes the point of the lesson. The next is Think Responsibly which demonstrates what happens if we don't follow God's example. The third is Word on the Street - each filled with scripture to support the lesson presented in that section. At just 64 pages, this is a book that kids would be able to read in one sitting and stay focused on. The comparison of the street signs to choices they can make in their lives is well suited for this age group and something they can relate to easily. A glossary is provided at the back of the book, giving definitions of any words that the reader wouldn't understand.