Friday, December 5, 2014
I would call Mia’s Night Adventure: An Animals of the Bible Book, written and illustrated by Marilyn Schuler, is a cross between the story of the Good Shepherd and the Nativity.
Mia is a little lamb that has a tendency to get lost. When she wanders away, the Shepherd always comes and finds her.
One night, when the shepherds are in the field tending their sheep, angels appear to them telling them about a miraculous birth in Bethlehem.
The Shepherd wants to travel to Bethlehem to witness the miracle. Mia is told to stay behind, but she tags along anyway (staying back where she can’t be seen). She gets lost and an angel guides her the rest of the way.
The illustrations done in muted tones with lots of expression, truly enhance the story.
What I Like: Just about everything.
What I Dislike: I don’t really have any complaints, just an observation. The King James version of the story says Jesus was born in a stable, with the animals. However, the author depicts Jesus’ birthplace as a cave. I did a little research and discovered there is some debate on whether the birthplace was a stable or a cave.
Overall Rating: Very good.
Age Appeal: 4-8.
Publisher Info: Tate Publishing, 2014; ISBN: 9781629940694; Paperback, $8.99