ABOUT AUTHOR: Rhonda Gowler Green remembers when she started writing - when her four kids all had chicken pox at the same time. It was a very bad week! To keep her sanity, she started writing stories. And she hasn't stopped. Rhonda lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan, with her handsome husband, Gary.

Santiago Cohen has illustrated a variety of projects, from HBO children's specials that have won Emmy and Peabody awards, to episodes of Troubles the Cat for Cartoon Network, as well as children's books for Putnam, Golden Books, and Houghton Mifflin. Santiago lives in Hoboken, NJ with his wife, children, and numerous pets.

ABOUT BOOK: Classic Bible story with vibrant art and lyrical rhyming text from established and successful author Rhonda Gowler Greene.

“Ninety-eight…ninety-nine…” The faithful shepherd realizes that one of his one hundred sheep is missing and sets out to find it. In playful rhyme, prolific author Rhonda Gowler Greene retells Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep that loses its way on the mountain side. Under brambles, behind rocks, the shepherd looks until he finds it again. Children will delight in this fun and engaging tale illustrated by Margaret Spengler as they learn that God, like the faithful shepherd, will never let them stray.

One Lost Sheep
By Rhonda Gowler Greene
Illustrated by Margaret Spengler
Published by: Zonderkidz
ISBN# 978-0-310-731788
32 Pages

Review: Based on scripture taken from Luke 15:3 which says, “Suppose on of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn't he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?”

This is a lovely illustrated story that quickly drew me in; first showing the Sheppard with his flock enjoying time together as he watches over them. Protecting them from harm. As he counts he reflects on his little ones and how he knows them.

As the story unfolds the reader sees one of the sheep not keeping up with the flock as they head off with the Sheppard down the hill, so when the Sheppard is counting the reader already knows one sheep is lost.

When the Sheppard discovers one is missing, quickly leaves his flock to find the one lost. The author shows Him looking everywhere trying to find this little one. The illustrator does a great job of showing the urgent look on the Sheppard’s face as he searches for the little lamb.

Everyone rejoices when the lost one is found. They end the story with a little boy praying before he goes to sleep. It says, “Like that shepherd, God above keeps us in his boundless love. The Lord God is our shepherd too, watching and you.”

Love this beautifully illustrated book and its message. I can’t wait to read it to my grandson. You’ll want to share this story too!

Nora St.Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!
Finding Hope Through Fiction blog


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