Thursday, May 8, 2014

Book Review - Noah and the Mighty Ark & One Lost Sheep - I'm Giving One Away!

The Bible is filled with true adventures which we love to tell to our children: such as when David fought the giant Goliath or when Daniel spent the night with the lions! These "classic" accounts are staples in our Sunday school curriculum and fill the shelves in our church libraries, so typically, when I see a new storybook about one of these Bible adventures, I am hesitant to review them. However; I was recently sent two new books from Zonderkidz and Rhonda Gowler Greene which present two classic Bible adventures in such a delightful way, I decided to share them with you!

Noah and the Mighty Ark
One Lost Sheep
Author - Rhonda Gowler Greene

Illustrator - Margaret Spengler
Publisher - Zonderkidz
Ages - 4-7

Favorite Features -
  • Colorful illustrations with color and fun - have children identify animals in Noah and find the baby lamb in the Lost Sheep
  • Retells these classic Bible adventures - I really like the way it is all connected on the last page of One Lost Sheep
  • Each book begins with a Bible verse and gives a reference for the Bible adventure
Zonderkidz says, "Who would have thought one cute little sheep could be so much trouble? And how do you keep an ark full of animals comfortable and happy? Bestselling author Rhonda Gowler Greene takes readers along on two new colorful adventures into favorite scripture stories with One Lost Sheep and Noah and the Mighty Ark. In One Lost Sheep, children will delight in this fun and engaging tale as they learn God, like the faithful shepherd, will never let them stray. In Noah and the Mighty Ark, children will love hearing how Noah comforts all the animals on their journey. And parents will easily get into the rhyme and rhythm of this delightfully told Bible story."

I especially liked how One Lost Sheep ends; "Like that shepherd, God above keeps us in His boundless love. The Lord God is our Shepherd, too, watching over . . . me and you." I loved the way the shepherd looked for the lost lamb, children will enjoy having a part in telling the story by being asked things like, did the shepherd find the lamb behind the tree? I would have liked to see Noah and the Mighty Ark tie it all together on the last page like One Lost Sheep did, but children will have fun identifying the animals, making animal sounds and showing you how the animals move!

I'm very happy to say, not only did Zonderkidz send me these books to review, but they
are making another Noah and the Mighty Ark available for me to give away (USA only)! If you are over the age of 18 and would like to be included in the drawing for Noah and the Mighty Ark - which will be on May 30, 2014, please comment below to let me know which animal you would have enjoyed being up close and personal with on the ark. For me it would have been a okapi . . . I think they are just so unique and interesting!

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(By the way, I'm giving away One Lost Sheep on my other blog, grandma's cookie jar!)


  1. Mary Beth DawsonMay 8, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    I would like to get up close and personal with a koala...they seem so cuddly. I follow on fb and email.

  2. I would like to get up close and personal with a red panda. They are small, cute, fuzzy and an omnivore.
    I like you on facebook as Merry Sunshine
    I am an e mail subscriber
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  3. I would like to be up close and personal with a Siberian Tiger-preferably a cub. I've always loves the coloring and majestic look of the tiger.
    I follow on FB and e-mail

  4. I would like to get Noah and the Mighty ark. Our church is very limited for funds and in a low income area.