“See how much good we can do when we work together in my garden,” the farmer tells Logan in Nancy Munger’s children’s book, Parable Treasury.
~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-twenty-eight-page hardbound with a padded front cover targets children four-to-seven years of age. With no scary scenes, it contains four separate pages involving life on a farm throughout the four seasons. Scripture is quoted from the International Children’s Bible.
The four stories average thirty pages each with bright and colorful illustrations on every page and black easy-to-read font overlapping the designs. A Bible verse is often printed out on the bottom of the page.
“The Parable of the Lily” is a short tale of little Maggie receiving a present in the mail from her father. Thinking it is only a box of dirt, she puts it in the cellar and forgets about it. Come springtime, the dirt spills when the box breaks, causing the child to throw a bulb into the ground. On Easter, the bulb blossoms into a beautiful lily, and Maggie realizes how cherished the gift is.
“The Sunflower Parable” is a story of Logan growing sunflowers that he expects will reach heaven. Throughout the summer, the stalks grow, but in the end the flowers are tilted downward, full of sunflower seeds that feed the birds and will be used for next year. Logan learns about working together.
“The Pumpkin Patch Parable” is a yarn that tells of a farmer who plants pumpkin seeds and tends to them as they grow into different shapes and sizes. He selects a special one that is carved, and a candle is put into it for light. The moral is that God uses us as His light in the dark world.
“The Pine Tree Parable” is about a farmer and his wife that had Christmas trees on their land. There was one tree that the farmer’s wife did not want to sell until a needy family saw it. The farmer and his wife offered the favored tree to them as a gift, similar to giving gifts at Christmas.
~ Why ~
This is a series of innocuous stories that many children will enjoy throughout the year. Vaguely discussing God or Jesus in the storylines, the Bible verses can be read out loud and mentioned while reading.
~ Why Not ~
Being parables, the stories are cute but have little to do with God unless the parent explains more deeply the concepts. With a note from the author about not meaning to celebrate Halloween, a Jack-O-Lantern is displayed three times to show how it lights up the area around it. Due to some two- and three-syllable words, the book would best be read out loud to beginner readers.
~ Who ~
Award-winning speaker, Higgs is an author of over thirty books. She has written best sellers for women and a children series that has won the ECPA Gold Medallion of Excellence. Illustrator Munger has designed many children’s classics.
~ Wish ~
With the pictures being adorable, the book has little reference to God or Jesus. I wish it went a little further in correlating the parables to Christ.
~ Want ~
If you are looking a book to read throughout the year to your child who enjoys looking at fun, detailed pictures, this would be a nice selection.
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