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The Lion Book of Two-minute Parables [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Elena Pasquali , Nicola Smee
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17 Jun 2011 Two-Minute
Here is a collection of ten of Jesus' most famous stories, retold at a cracking pace offering perfect solutions for short storytimes with little ones. Each story is retold in a short, entertaining narrative with quick and quirky illustrations which 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 and The Workers in the Vineyard covering all the well-known stories a parent would want their child to know and learn from. In series with The Lion Book of Two-Minute Bible Stories, Bedtime Stories and Animal Stories.

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson Plc (17 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745962017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745962016
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 21.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

About the Author

ELENA PASQUALI worked for some years in children's publishing before going on to be an author in her own right. Her books include Ituku's Safely Through the Night, It's My World Too and the other titles in Lion's Two-Minute series. NICOLA SMEE is an experienced illustrator who has been shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Baby Book Award and the Booktrust Early Years Award.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book 23 Nov 2013
A great little book which gives bite-sized pieces which are perfect for teaching to KS1. It gives short stories which can be used as a basis for class discussion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two-minute parables 2 May 2013
By Jackie
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Bought this to use in KS1 (4-7 year olds) at Primary school. Extended the explanations for the older group, but fine for the younger ones.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great conversation starters! 5 Feb 2012
By Kristina Seleshanko - Published on Amazon.com
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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