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This homeschool product specifically reflects a Christian worldview. Jonah, God's Messenger

Zondervan / 2011 / Paperback

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Jonah loves God and wants to do his work. But what happens when Jonah wants to ignore God's request to travel to Nineveh to teach the people there?

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 031071835X
ISBN-13: 9780310718352
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 6-8
Series: I Can Read!

Publisher's Description

Jonah loves God and wants to do his work. But what happens when Jonah wants to ignore God’s request to travel to Nineveh to teach the people there?

Author Bio

Dennis Jones loves to draw.  His artwork can be seen in books, magazines, games, toys and Sunday school curriculum. He’s illustrated several children’s products including the Read with Me Bible and the NIrV Super Heroes Bible. Dennis lives in Indiana with his wife Karen and has two grown sons.

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In Jonah, God's Messenger, illustrator Dennis G. Jones and the Zonderkidz editors offer a Level 2 book written primarily in one syllable words: "The storm and wind were strong. All the men on the boat were scared." Designed to provide a Bible story that can be read by 4- to 7-year-olds, this comical book of only 32 pages presents artworks that is reminiscent of the old Mad Magazine caricature drawings of people with over-sized noses, feet, toes, and hands. When Jonah is asleep in the bottom of the ship, scenes are shown of crew members running helter-skelter, with bulging eyes and huge teeth and enormous flailing hands. When Jonah gets spit up on shore, there is a series of six drawings of him gyrating wildly through the air.

Although written with very basic vocabulary and supplemented with outlandish cartoons, the core structure of the Bible story of Jonah comes through. He is called as a prophet, he tries to defy God by sailing away, he is swallowed by the fish, he repents, and, ultimately, he goes to Ninevah and preaches to the people. It's entertaining and it's accurate. – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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    The story of Jonah in simple terms
    November 5, 2012
    Christine M. Irvin
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 and up.
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