Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Jonah, God’s Messenger, is the story of Jonah, the Biblical character who was swallowed by a large fish.
The story is told in simple easy-to-read terms that explains how Jonah ended up in the fish’s belly. God told Jonah to go to Nineveh to warn the people there that God was not happy with them. But, Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh, he wanted to go to Tarshish. Jonah got on a boat to Tarshish, but on the way there, God sent a big storm. The people on the boat were scared so they asked Jonah what they should do. Jonah realized God had sent the storm because of him, so he told the people on the boat to throw him in the water. When they did, the storm subsided and Jonah was swallowed by the fish.
Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights. He told God he was sorry for not obeying him and he was ready to go to Nineveh. God caused the fish to spit Jonah out and he landed on the shores of Nineveh where he delivered God’s message to the people there.
The cartoon-like illustrations by Dennis G. Jones are colorful and expressive and fit the text nicely.
What I Like: The story of Jonah is often a child’s favorite. It’s exciting to hear about a man being swallowed by a fish. Of course, Jonah’s story is special because the fish was sent by God to catch Jonah and teach him a lesson. This version of that story is written in a fairly straightforward manner that children who are capable of reading the text by themselves should be able to understand. However, there may be some parts that will require a bit extra in the way of explanation.
I also like the illustrations. They are very kid-friendly.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Very good.
Age Appeal: Ages 4-8.
Publisher Info: Zonderkidz, 2011; ISBN: 9780310718352; Paperback, $3.99.
Special Info: This book is a Level 2 Reader in the publisher’s I Can Read! Series. Read our reviews of other books in the series. Read our reviews of other books illustrated by Dennis G. Jones.