The Lion Book of Two-Minute Parables  -     By: Elena Pasquali
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The Lion Book of Two-Minute Parables

Lion Children's / 2012 / Hardcover

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Offering the solution for short story times with little ones, here is a collection of ten of Jesus' most famous stories. Each story is retold in a short, entertaining narrative with quirky illustrations that add to the momentum. The playful feel of the stories is enhanced by join-in labels and speech bubbles, so that little ones can share in the fun. The parables include:
  • The Sower
  • The Merchant and the Pearl
  • Building a Tower
  • The Man Who Could Not Pay
  • The Rich Fool
  • The Friend at Midnight
  • Ten Bridesmaids
  • The Great Feast
  • The Runaway Son
  • The Workers in the Vineyard

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: Lion Children's
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 8.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0745962017
ISBN-13: 9780745962016
Ages: 3-5

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Publisher's Description

A collection of 10 of Jesus' most famous stories, retold at a quick pace—offering the perfect solution for short story times with little ones
 
Retold in a short, entertaining narrative with quirky illustrations that help add to the momentum, each story in this collection is taken from one of Jesus' most famous parables. The playful feel is enhanced by join-in labels and speech bubbles, so that children can share in the fun. Parables include The Sower, The Merchant and the Pearl, The Man Who Could Not Pay, Ten Bridesmaids, The Great Feast, and more—covering all the well-known stories a parent would want their child to know and learn from.

Author Bio

Elena Pasquali is the author of Go Hare and Tortoise Go!, Mrs Noah's Vegetable Ark, Prayers for Little Angels, and Run Little Chicken Run!. Nicola Smee is an experienced illustrator. Together they have collaborated on Two-Minute Animal Stories, Two-Minute Bedtime Stories, and Two-Minute Bible Stories.

Editorial Reviews

"The stories stand alone and this leaves the opportunity for parents to discuss the stories with their young ones, to draw them out on what message they get from the story. "  —Catholic Life on Two-Minute Bible Stories 


"A charming collection . . . short tales that are full of good humor and just the right length to make the perfect bedtime read."  —Armadillo magazine

"Young children can learn cultural references and traditional wisdom from this charming treatment."  —Publishers Weekly

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great conversation starter
    February 5, 2012
    Kristina
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    One of my all time favorite children's books is the now out of print Stories Jesus Told - parables told in a kid-captivating way. But only a handful of Jesus' parables are included in this book, so I've had my eyes open for another parable book worth adding to our family library. With Two-Minute Parables by Elena Pasquali, I've found that book.

    Each parable in this book is about 4 illustrated pages, and while it's targeted to young children, it isn't dumbed down. Pasquali includes the parable of the sower and seeds, the merchant and the pearl, the building of a tower, the servant who owed money, the rich farmer, the friend who comes at midnight, the ten bridesmaids, the great feast, the prodigal son, and the vineyard workers. Sometimes the author introduces the parable by putting it into context; for example, in the story of the servant who owed money, she begins the chapter will Peter asking how many times he should forgive someone.

    What I Like: Jesus' parables are so rich, it seems a shame more children's books do not retell them; I'm thankful for Pasquali's contribution in this area. Each parable is well told and my 6 year old loves this book. Best of all, it's lead to several deeply spiritual conversations between my kindergartener and myself.

    What I Dislike: The illustrations by Nicola Smee are on the dull side; they aren't bad, mind you. I just wish they had more of a "wow" factor. In addition, I have two "wishes" (not really dislikes): I wish the book included scripture references, so I could easily look up a parable in the Bible. Also, the text doesn't explain the parables any more than Jesus did - which is good. But it would have been useful if suggested questions were included at the end of each chapter. Hopefully, parents will engage their children in conversations about the parables' deeper meanings without this prompting.

    Overall Rating: Because the illustrations don't reach the potential of the text, I give this book a rating of "Very Good."

    Kristina Seleshanko, Christian Children's Book Review
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