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Classic Bible story with vibrant art and lyrical rhyming text from established and successful author Rhonda Gowler Greene.

“Ninety-eight…ninety-nine…” The faithful shepherd realizes that one of his one hundred sheep is missing and sets out to find it. In playful rhyme, prolific author Rhonda Gowler Greene retells Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep that loses its way on the mountain side. Under brambles, behind rocks, the shepherd looks until he finds it again. Children will delight in this fun and engaging tale illustrated by Margaret Spengler as they learn that God, like the faithful shepherd, will never let them stray.

Super cute picture storybook written by Rhonda Gowler Green, illustrated by Margaret Spengler, and published by Zonderkidz.

A good listen-to story for children ages 4-8 on the parable of Luke 15:3-4. Easy enough for beginner readers, too. I like the story’s flow with a bit of  rhyme and rhythm. The illustrations are soft and fuzzy looking (like a woolly sheep) with attention-keeping details such as cute emotions on the little sheep faces.

The point of the parable – God cares for you. He is earnest in bringing the “lost sheep” i.e., sinners, back to Him. He saves us and our redemption brings great joy. 

Luke 15:3-4 

So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? (ESV)

BookLook Bloggers provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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Beautiful picture books by international authors & illustrators

NorthSouth Books

North South Publishers sent me several of their terrific titles. Here’s the books and my thoughts-

New in the North South Spring 2014 catalog, Call Me Jacob.

When Matthew decides that he wants to change his name, he soon discovers that it’s not an easy choice. ‘Jacob’ is a great skateboarder, ‘Lucas’ is the best at sports . . . and ‘Evan’ is a math wiz. Matthew tries each name—expecting that his life will better. That is, until Anna sends an invitation addressed to one very special boy—and its not Jacob, Lucas, or Evan.

A hardcover picture book that particularly boys would like; this is a good story about self-acceptance.  Marie Hübner (author), Iris Wolfermann (illustrator)

Lindbergh. The Tale of a Flying Mouse, on book shelves May 1st! 

One small step for a mouse; one giant leap for aviation.
These are dark times . . . for a small mouse. A new invention—the mechanical mousetrap—has caused all the mice but one to flee to America, the land of the free. But with cats guarding the steamships, trans-Atlantic crossings are no longer safe. In the bleakest of places . . . the one remaining mouse has a brilliant idea. He must learn to fly!
Debut illustrator Torben Kuhlmann’s inventive tale and stunning illustrations will capture the imagination of readers—young and old—with the death-defying feats of this courageous young mouse.
This picture book is longer than average with 96 pages, many with full page illustrations. Probably better for kindergarten and up, it is a picture book of interest to both boys and girls. It can lead to a discussion about history, inventors, aviation (flying/airplanes), and also problem-solving and perseverance. The illustrations are done in browns and grays which adds to the history feel of the book. The ending reveals that the heroic mouse inspired Lindbergh. I don’t think the title best suits the story since the story is about the mouse, not Charles Lindbergh.  Torben Kuhlmann (author/illustrator)

One of several mice books by Japanese author Haruo Yamashita, Seven Little Mice Have Fun on the Ice, is a cute family story.  The mice siblings are not mentioned individually in the text but the illustrations show their expressions/personalities and I think this adds a lot to the story. Haruo Yamashita (author),  Kazuo Iwamura (illustrator)

“I Have a Little Problem”, said the Bear, is a story with a good lesson on listening and learning why communication is important. Young readers will notice the repetition in the story as the bear tries to tell his problem. Happy ending for little readers. The illustrations add to this paperback picture book. Her work is in full color and with a lot of attention to detail. Heinz Janisch (author), Silke Leffler (illustrator)

Pitschi. My favorite book of the bunch. 

On Lisette’s farm all the animals are happy except Pitschi, the smallest kitten. Pitschi wants to be something different. It takes a night time adventure and a warm homecoming for Pitschi to discover that what she really wants is to be a kitten after all.

Pitschi the kitten’s attempts to be a rooster, goat, rabbit, and other kinds of animals on the farm almost bring her to harm, but she finally discovers how to enjoy being a kitten.

This is another book that addresses self-acceptance. The story of Pitschi presents inquisitiveness, kindness for others, and contentment. Hans Fisher excels at both writer and illustrator. His fondness of cats is evident in the story and illustrations. Simple lines and scribbles come to life. Love this book! Hans Fisher (author/illustrator)



This review gives you a sampling of the many titles available from NorthSouth. Click here to see their Spring 2014 Catalog.

These books were provided by NorthSouth Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received. 

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