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Found: Psalm 23 (Jesus Storybook Bible) Board book – February 21, 2017
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The Jesus Storybook Bible is, in my opinion, one of the best resources available to help both children and adults see the Jesus-centered story line of the Bible. Tullian Tchividjian, Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church -- PCA, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
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Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the Moonbeam Award winner and ALA notable The Jesus Storybook Bible, as well as Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, winner of the ECPA Inspirational Book award. She has written many picture books for children, such as the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister and Song of the Stars. Sally was born and raised in Africa, was schooled in England, and now lives in New York City. She can be found at http://www.sallylloyd-jones.com.
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To be quite honest with you though, before receiving Found, I wondered if I might find it a little redundant. You see, Found is Sally Lloyd Jones’ paraphrase of Psalm 23, exactly as written in The Jesus Storybook Bible. Which we already have and love of course, but why own this separate copy? It’s even illustrated by Jago, the same illustrator.
My hesitation about the book however, was unfounded. I was pleased to discover that Found has merit of it’s own, apart from The Jesus Storybook Bible. It is definitely worth owning both!
First of all, it’s a board book, so the target audience is toddlers and not 4-8 year olds. The text is spread out over 20 pages instead of the original 6, which obviously means there are more pictures. It does a great job of making the content more accessible to the littlest of listeners.
Speaking of illustrations, the artwork in Found is completely different than that of The Jesus Storybook Bible. Jago’s work here is in a different style, with both the sheep and the shepherd having a much more tender and soft look. The look on my own toddler’s face when she saw the illustrations was priceless — she looked like she just wanted to pick up the little lamb and snuggle him! The new illustrations are definitely more engaging and relatable, which is a great way to illustrate the relational theme between the shepherd and the sheep in Psalm 23.
As with all of Sally’s books, Found is written wonderfully. The text is lyrical and beautiful, the illustrations are outstanding, and both mama and child are quite pleased with it!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to provide a positive review, and all opinions expressed are my own.
Jago’s illustrations are lovely, vibrant, and enticing. To help kids grasp the analogy of shepherd to God and sheep to us, readers follow a shepherd and his flock–especially focusing on a particular young lamb–throughout this Psalm 23 retelling. Focusing on that relationship allows for kids to begin to grasp the personal relationship God has with His children (while still showing there are more sheep the shepherd cares for). Sally Lloyd-Jones’s words carefully work to match the original intent, with Sally’s trademark lyrical touch and slight simplifying to help youngest readers consider the analogy and learn about God’s love. (We also loved the single inclusion of Jesus Storybook Bible‘s repeated refrain of “never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love.”)
My only suggestion would have been to include the ‘regular’ Psalm 23 text in the very back of the book for kids and parents to read together and discuss. But, parents can read Psalm 23 in their choice of translation with their kids and highlight the differences. This board book is a lovely addition to family libraries and would be a great gift idea.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher as a part of the BookLook bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own and this is my honest review.
I’m firmly of the opinion that we can never outgrow children’s books, and this one is lovely!
It’s a precious picture book about the Shepherd looking after His sheep. The text is simple but lyrical, basically a simplified version of Psalm 23. I would have preferred it to have the exact words of the psalm, but, that being said, there is also a sort of charm to the way it’s written so that it’s easier for smaller children to understand.
The illustrations (of the Shepherd, sheep and lamb, and lush meadow and stream scenes) are deceptively simple, but further inspection shows the depth of detail—I could look at it over and over again (and I have!).
The lamb is my absolute favorite. It has SUCH personality and is just the most adorable thing! I love when it smiles. <3 This book is worth it just for that little lamb. It’s so cuuute!
If you have a child, nephew, niece, or other little friend (or even for yourself!), I highly recommend checking it out. Just in time for Easter, too! I really enjoyed it. ^_^
[I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.]
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