Wednesday, May 26, 2021

"100 Sheep: a Counting Parable" - a bookwrap



100 Sheep 

A Counting Parable

Authored by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Illustrated by Margaux Meganck


* Ages:  0-3

* Board Book: 20 Pages

* Publisher:  Flyaway Books

* Pub. Date:  August 31, 2021

* Language: English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

A farmer owns 100 sheep and each day he counts them to make sure they are all accounted for.  One day he discovers that one is missing and determines to find it and bring it back home where it belongs. Off he goes looking everywhere until he finds his lost frightened little sheep which he quickly rescues and tenderly carries back, making his flock complete once again. 

This parable is in board book form which little ones will love.  The important message is that everyone has worth and value.  The story highlights God's great love and care for us.   The book builds early counting skills wrapped in the message that God will go to great lengths to keep us close to Him safe and secure in his fold. 

The illustrations are engaging and very kid-friendly.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!


Meet the Author

Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Department of Jewish Studies. Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus; Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi; four children's books (with Sandy Sasso); The Gospel of Luke (with Ben Witherington III); and The Jewish Annotated New Testament (co-edited with Marc Z. Brettler). Her most recent books are The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently (co-authored with Marc Z. Brettler), Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner's Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven; and The Kingdom of Heaven: 40 Devotionals. In 2019 she became the first Jew to teach New Testament at Rome's Pontifical Biblical Institute. Professor Levine, who has done over 300 programs for churches, clergy groups, and seminaries, has been awarded grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Institutions granting her honorary degrees include Christian Theological Seminary and the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest.

About the Co-Author

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, a parent, spiritual leader, and storyteller, is the award-winning author of God’s Paintbrush, In God’s Name, God In Between and many other inspiring books for children of all faiths and backgrounds. The second woman to be ordained as a rabbi (1974) and the first rabbi to become a mother, she and her husband, Dennis, were the first rabbinical couple to jointly lead a congregation—Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis. They have two children, David and Debora, and three grandchildren. Sasso, who holds a doctorate in ministry, is active in the interfaith community, and has written and lectured on the renewal of spirituality and the discovery of the religious imagination in children of all faiths.

From the Illustrator

Margaux spends her days dodging raindrops and drawing from her imagination in beautiful Portland, Oregon. From nannying, to early childhood art education, to children's bookshops Margaux has always worked with and around children's lit. So it came as no surprise when she started illustrating and writing for children. She is an active member of SCBWI and has received portfolio awards from SCBWI-OR(2015) and SCBWI-WWA(2017). Forthcoming books include All We Need by Kathy Wolff (Bloomsbury, 2021), and Margaux's author-illustrator debut, People are Wild (Knopf, 2022).

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