Saturday, July 19, 2008

Zacchaeus Meets Jesus

The Happy Day Books series offers several titles that teach Christian values and encourage early literacy. Zacchaeus Meets Jesus is from the Bible Stories section of this series.
Written by Diane Stortz, this small volume tells the well-known story from a fresh perspective. Rather than simply talking about climbing trees, this retelling dives into the heart of this story: Zacchaeus's need for a Savior and Friend. The author tells why most people didn't like tax collectors (like Zacchaeus) and how Jesus taught this tax collector a better way. The story's final words are similar to its first, but reflect the hope found: "Now Zacchaeus was a rich man, a short man, and a happy man because he had met Jesus and decided to do right."
The illustrations by Hallie Gillett are simple and colorful.
What I Like: My kids love this book, partly because my son's name is Zach, but also because it's just a fun story. The author does a great job making this short tale relevant to today's readers. I also like the happy illustrations. Finally, the price is great!
What I Dislike: It doesn't provide any Bible references, not even on the back cover. This would be nice.
Overall Rating: Very Good.
Age Appeal: 3-7
Publisher Info: Standard Publishing, 2005; ISBN: 0784717192; Paperback; $1.99
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