Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Cow in the Rain

Cow in the Rain, written and illustrated by Todd Aaron Smith, is just one book from the Cow Adventure Series. This modern re-telling of "The Good Samaritan" (found in Luke 10) is filled with farm animals. Cow and Dog are not friends. One night, during a terrible rain shower, cow gets hopelessly stuck in Pig's mudhole, and none of her friends will help her. Who comes to her rescue? Her enemy: Dog. This delightful story reminds children to treat others the way they would like to be treated. The bold illustrations are almost comic book style and cover every page.

What I Like: This book is very different from most Christian children's books! The illustrations are unique and hold the kids attention. I like the use of farm animals. The author thoroughly explains the point of the story making the lesson an easy one for little hearts and minds. He does a great job personalizing the characters.

What I Dislike: Nothing really. The book is a little long for younger audiences (my kids are below the recommended age range), but even they can fully understand the message -- if you can get them to sit still long enough to hear it all.

Overall Rating: Very Good.

Age Appeal: 4-7 (according to the publisher), though I would say 3 and above

Publisher Info: Baker Books, 2002; ISBN: 0801045037; Hardback; $7.99

Buy it Now at Amazon for $7.99

No comments: