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SAMMY AND HIS SHEPHERD Hardcover – 31 Dec 2008
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Sammy and His Shepard is an tale which explains in narrative form Psalm 23. Unlike most of the other children’s books currently produced by Reformation Trust, Sammy and His Shepard is not aimed at the youngest of children, rather it is best read by or to a child age five and older.
Sammy and His Shepard has two key strengths the content and the illustration. With regard to the content, Sammy and His Shepard Hunt goes to great lengths in imparting the truths of God’s Word important truths to young children without dumbing the Truth down. Which is uncommon among most children’s books being made today, though all of Reformation Trust Publishing are notable exceptions. The truth Hunt communicates is the simplicity and depth of the Gospel, as shown in Psalm 23. Another important item to note is that the book is long in length 56 pages and is therefore divided up into chapters, but those chapters are at max a page or so in length.
In regard to the illustration Sammy and His Shepard, has bright colors and is expertly drawn so that it not only captures a child’s attention but their imagination as well. Furthermore the illustrations not only illustrate the allegorical tale but advance the narrative in a way mere words cannot.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Reformation Trust Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Sammy and His Shepard
© 2006 by Susan Hunt
Publisher: Reformation Trust
Page Count: 56 Pages
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.
My wife and I are ALWAYS on the lookout for tools and helps to assist us in communicating the truths of the Gospel to our children. This is a fantastic book to help your children understand how God cares for His children. It is the story of Sammy, a sheep with a good Shepherd. He meets a friend and throughout the story he is explaining to his friend how Christ redeems and loves us even though we do nothing to merit that love.
The whole story is an exposition of truths found in Psalm 23 and written in a way that young children can understand. At the end of every chapter there is a discussion section that will help you lead your children in a discussion over the symbols in the book as they relate to Biblical truth. Absolutely fantastic and absolutely something that every family should have on their bookshelf!
The entire book is based on a line by reading of the Lords Prayer and each point is described as the story unfolds. It is really quite emotional. The beautiful illustration by Cory Godbey are a real compliment to what Susan is trying to do. The choice of colors used is amazing in the way that it really captures the mood. Soft yet descriptive.
The book uses the ESV version of the Bible instead of the King James, but you can always go to the King James for the correct meaning.
It is hard not to feel for the sheep named Precious as she, like most new Christians, learns not to trust in her fears. She must now trust her faithful Sheperd who loves her and protects her, even if she doesn't understand what He is trying to do at the time.
I would recommend this book for children of all ages. The lessons from this book are top-notch and I want this book in our children's ministry.
Review by Mick McArt
Author, Tales of Wordishure
May 31, 2010