SAMMY AND HIS SHEPHERD Hardcover – 31 Dec 2008
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About the Author
Susan M. Hunt is the Women in the Church Consultant for the Presbyterian Church in America. She has degrees from the University of South Carolina and Columbia Theological Seminary.
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Susan Hunt takes us through Psalm 23 in a way both parents and children will learn from. Cory Godbey did a wonderful job with the illustrations, but the words to pictures ratio was a bit off to keep my two year old's attention. I'd recommend this book for ages 5 and up. I do not mention an upper limit here because even though this book is targeted for kids, tweens, teens, and even adults will find the book entertaining and enlightening.
Sammy and His Shepherd is a allegorical tale where Sammy (a Christian) has a wonderful Shepherd (Jesus) and befriends a sheep with a bad shepherd (a lost friend). In each of the eleven chapters, Susan Hunt does a wonderful job of using the allegory to exegete a passage of Psalm 23.
At the end of the story, Susan Hunt has provided us with a great teaching resource to use in discussing the book with our children. For each chapter we are given a section of what the Bible tells us, something to talk about, and something to do.
Sammy and His Shepherd is a great story that will give both parents and children a deeper understanding of Jesus and Psalm 23.
Susan Hunt's book has eleven short chapters. Each chapter illustrates a verse from Psalm 23. These illustrations are perfect for children, but they will be appreciated by the grown-ups, too.
In chapter one: "The Lord is My Shepherd; I Shall Not Want," we are introduced to Sammy, the happy and content sheep. Sammy's shepherd loves his sheep, names them, and cares for them in every way. Sammy meets a nameless and pathetic little ewe across the fence. She is amazed to hear about Sammy's shepherd and wants to know more. The good shepherd eventually buys the little ewe, and she continues to be amazed by his love.
At the end of the book are related verses, discussion questions, and applications for each chapter. The verses are taken from the English Standard Version. This supplemental material is ideal for helping children understand the concepts taught in each chapter.
Susan Hunt has a degree in Christian education from Columbia Theological Seminary. It shows in this book. Sammy and His Shepherd teaches good theology in a way that children can understand.
Cory Codby's full-page, colorful paintings top the book off. They are wonderfully done. The aesthetics combined with the sound teaching in Sammy and His Shepherd make a winning combination.
The book is divided into several short and teachable sections. Ending with a reference to the "Talk about it" section in the back of the book where parents can ask engaging questions about the story. The "Talk about it" reverences and section are the best integration of story and spiritual application I have seen in a children's book. Especially relevant is the "something to do" portion of each "talk about it" section where children are challenged think about their own actions and ask God to work in their lives to help them better reflect His Character.
This was a great book and I would highly recommend it for parents and children alike. The book can easily be read over several nights. Though I imagine the book is geared for kids a little older, I read it to my 4-year-old daughter in one sitting (we will of course go back through it time and again at a slower pace)
Cons: It was a little lengthy in each piece. When reading I would have to break it up. However, each chapter has so much truth that this is not a problem.