One Lost Sheep, by Rhonda Gowler Greene, is a retelling of Jesus’ parable about a shepherd who looses a single sheep and goes to great lengths to recover her.
Told in simple, rhyming text, the author does a nice job of making this parable easy to understand. She begins by writing about a shepherd watching over his flock on a grassy mountain. He counts his sheep; they are all accounted for. Another day, he takes his sheep to graze near a stream, and when he counts them again…one is missing. The shepherd searches everywhere for his lost sheep, until finally he finds her. The shepherd rejoices, carrying the sheep safely home.
The book ends by explaining how the story applies to us today:
”Like that shepherd, God above
keeps us in his boundless love.
The Lord God is our shepherd, too,
me and you.”
What I Like: It’s always great to find a picture book covering one of Jesus’ parables. This one is especially easy for kids to understand. The illustrations by Santiago Cohen are lovely – full of restful shades of green and blue - with rather rustic renditions of the shepherd and his sheep.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Very Good.
Age Appeal: According to the publisher, 4 to 8, but my two year old enjoys it, too.
Publishing Info: Zonderkidz, 2007; ISBN: 0310710987; hard back, $9.99.
Special Info: Check out the author's website for teaching ideas, photos, and more.