A heart-warming tale: My review of "One Lost Sheep" by Rhonda Greene
One of my favourite parables of all time is retold in Greene's latest children's book, the parable of The Lost Sheep from Luke 15. Written in a catchy rhyme, the story faithfully follows Jesus' account of a shepherd who has 100 sheep and loses one of them. The shepherd immediately sets out to find the sheep and upon doing so brings the sheep back to the flock and rejoices with those who are with him, that the sheep that was lost has now been found!
My children absolutely loved "One Lost Sheep", oohing and aahing over the beautiful illustrations that perfectly captured the feel of the story. The rhyme flowed well from the lips of my daughter who is in grade two, who was able to read the book with little assistance. Children of all ages will enjoy the book, and those in grades one and two will enjoy sounding out the words on their own. My kids also loved searching out the details in the pictures (such as spotting the wolf about to prey on the sheep). The story provided an excellent starting point for talking about what Jesus did for us, and about the fact there is greater rejoicing in Heaven over one repentant inner than 99 righteous persons who don't repent.
If you are looking for a book that will not only entertain your children but provoke some deeper teachable moments as well, then definitely get a copy of "One Lost Sheep". I give this book a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and the Booklook Blogging program, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
RHONDA GOWLER GREENE is the author of over 20 children's books. Her books have received various honors, such as School Library Journal Best Book, American Booksellers "Pick of the List," Children's Book Council Showcase Book, Bank Street College Best Book, International Reading Association Children's Choice Book, Junior Library Guild selection, Michigan Reads One State One Children's Book Award, and also starred reviews.