Title: Frog’s Rainy-Day Story and Other Fables
Author: Michael James Dowling
Illustrator: Sarah Buell Dowling
Publisher: Carpenter’s Son Publishing
“You were created to make words. If you don’t make words and stories, what are you going to do?” Frog asks the rebellious letters in Michael James Dowling’s children’s book, Frog’s Rainy-Day Story & Other Fables.
~ What ~
This numbered seventy-two-page over-sized hardbound targets four to eight-year-old children who like stories about animals and valuable life lessons. Ideally for second and third graders, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording. Fanciful illustrations are on most pages. The ending includes a two-page glossary, the author and illustrator’s biographies, and a further learning website link. Using mainly the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible, the Good News version is also referenced.
This collection of eight stories are written about a frog, duck, pig, turtle, owl, rabbit, hen, and goose as they deal with life’s challenges of personal glory, trusting their own wisdom, disobeying rules, being proud, seeking happiness, rejecting truth, making foolish choices, and wasting time. At the end of each tale is a highlighted saying, two quoted words of worldly wisdom along with written-out Bible verses, all relating to the moral of the story.
~ Why ~
Teaching young ones about family values should be a top priority for parents, teachers, and loved ones. This storybook hones in on building character, moral consciousness, and knowing right from wrong through the eyes of animals. Containing an unappreciated alphabet, duck adamant about direction, demanding pig with set rules, bragging turtle, wise owl recommending thinking about others, too-trusting rabbit being hoodwinked, flippant, demanding hen, and gander with a lost opportunity, the fables are cute, to the point, and charming.
~ Why Not ~
Children who do not know or have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not understand the validity of the “Wisdom of the Word” sections. Some young ones may get upset reading about a fox wanting to make rabbit stew. There are several two to four-syllable words that may be too complicated for beginner readers.
~ Wish ~
While I loved the stories and expressive illustrations that were easy to understand, I wonder if young readers on their own will realize that the quotes by famous people such as Lucille Ball, Ethan Embry, Swami Vivekananda, Eckhart Tolle, the Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi, and others in the “Wisdom of the World” sections are counter-intuitive and opposite than the Word of God written below them. I fear some may praise these quotes that are often not true to Scriptures and nowhere in the book does it explain or state their wrongness, so I have discounted the rating accordingly.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a kid’s storybook of lovely animal fables, this may be a favorite, but please be sure to clearly discuss with your children that the worldly outlook is not always in line with the Bible and Christian beliefs.
Thanks to BookCrash and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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