Jonah and the Great Big Fish

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“God told Jonah to obey,

said, ‘Go to Nineveh this day.’

But, stubborn Jonah fled instead.

Didn’t do just what God said.”

Jonah’s disobedience landed him inside a big fish! And there he had time to think and pray.

Children will feel the waves and hear the splash as Jonah sinks “down and down and down” into the belly of the fish. This story ...

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Overview

“God told Jonah to obey,

said, ‘Go to Nineveh this day.’

But, stubborn Jonah fled instead.

Didn’t do just what God said.”

Jonah’s disobedience landed him inside a big fish! And there he had time to think and pray.

Children will feel the waves and hear the splash as Jonah sinks “down and down and down” into the belly of the fish. This story serves as an excellent reminder of how important it is to listen to God.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310732198
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Publication date: 7/29/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 646,461
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Rhonda Gowler Greene is the author of over twenty picture books. Her books have received honors such as School Library Journal Best Book, Children’s Book Council Showcase Book, Bank Street College Best Book, and starred reviews. A former elementary school teacher, with a master’s in educational media, Rhonda is a frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences. She lives with her husband, Gary, in a house overflowing with books in West Bloomfield, Michigan. They have four grown children. For more information, visit her on the web at—www.rhondagowlergreene.com

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  • Posted August 12, 2014

    This is a sweetly illustrated and very simple version of the sto

    This is a sweetly illustrated and very simple version of the story of Jonah and the whale. Soft, cartoony pictures accompany a couple of sentences on each page. The text rhymes and is easy to read. This would be a good book for preschoolers or just beginning readers. My kids and I enjoyed this retelling of the story, but my one concern is that I would have liked it to continue on a bit farther to see God's grace extended not only to Jonah but to Nineveh as well. It ends instead when Jonah agrees to obey God and go to Nineveh. But that being said, the text and illustrations are well done and it still does the story of Jonah justice as far as it goes.
    I received this book from Zonderkidz for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own.

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  • Posted August 12, 2014

    I enjoyed the illustrations and re-telling of this Biblical stor

    I enjoyed the illustrations and re-telling of this Biblical story. Great book for pre-school and/or early elementary ages.

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  • Posted August 10, 2014

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    First thing after opening the package for "Jonah and the Gr

    First thing after opening the package for "Jonah and the Great Big Fish, I read it to my five-month-old granddaughter. The book and the illustrations held her attention until the very end. To me, that's a pretty good endorsement!


    In case you need more proof, I also read it to my five-year-old grandson. His first words were, "Nana, can you get me the rest of these books. I really like them!" Naturally, that's what this Nana plans on doing...getting every children's book written by Rhonda Gowler Greene!


    Rhonda's writes big truths with great simplicity and a rhyme and rhythm that is cheerful and upbeat. She captures the story of Jonah and helps young readers grasp the deeper truths of listening and obeying, and what can happen if you don't.


    The book is gorgeous, too. Illustrated by Margaret Spengler, the images are colorful and fun, and so captivating even a five-month-old will pay attention to the story...not bad! I loved the colors and the brightness of the pages, and her under-the-sea scenes are some of my favorites.


    I received a complimentary copy of "Jonah and the Great Big Fish" from my friends at Zonderkidz Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This book is a treasure that's going on my grandchildren's bookshelf, hopefully to be joined soon by more of Rhonda's Bible stories!

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

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    Undoubtedly from the title, you can ascertain that ¿Jonah and th

    Undoubtedly from the title, you can ascertain that “Jonah and the Great Big Fish” is a children’s story book about the story of Jonah. Rhonda Gowler Greene is sticking true to the original Hebrew in that Jonah wasn’t necessarily swallowed by a “whale” and as a Bible scholar I appreciate that.

    This book was first released in 2007 with Santiago Cohen as the Illustrator, now to be re-released July 29, Zonderkids has acquired a new illustrator Margret Spengler. I went back to look at the earlier illustrations and they were much more stylized (almost like modern art). As a story book for little kids, I much prefer Spengler’s art and think this makes a great addition to Greene’s work.

    And even though this is a children’s book with very playful drawings, this is not a “simple” story, Greene has done a remarkable job getting to the heart of what makes this story a “Bible story” in the first place. It’s not just a story about a man who has a fascinating adventure.

    Jonah and the Great Big Fish is about a man who disobeyed God and how God redirected the man back to where God wanted him.As a pastor who is always on the lookout for good books for my kids, it’s important to me that the lesson of Jonah is told alongside the fantastic story – and this book delivers.
    Well done.

    Thank you to Zondervan and BookLook for providing this preview copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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  • Posted July 21, 2014

    "Jonah and the Great Big Fish" by Rhonda Gowler Greene

    "Jonah and the Great Big Fish" by Rhonda Gowler Greene is an adorable retelling of the Biblical story of Jonah. I have two young children, a daughter that is 6, and a son that is 1, and what was great about this book was that they BOTH enjoyed this book. My daughter was able to read this book independently, and the language was kid-friendly and easy for her to understand. My son enjoyed all of the vivid, playful artwork that depicted the events of the story. He kept pointing to different pictures, exclaiming, "This!"

    This book sticks to the Biblical story of Jonah, chronicling the events as told in Scripture using words that are kid-friendly, and easy for young children to understand. I loved that my daughter could read this book on her own without having to ask me, "What does this word mean?" This is a wonderful children's book, and Greene was clearly very thoughtful of the young audience she was writing this book for.

    The artwork is so much fun to look at, as well. With bright colors, and fun images of the story as it unfolds, it really draws young children into the story. I would definitely recommend this book for children ages 1 and up. With a Biblical message and storyline, combined with a kid-friendly style of writing and beautiful artwork, it is the ideal book for any young child. Wonderful!

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  • Posted July 21, 2014

    I am a big fan of reviewing children's books. I have two young c

    I am a big fan of reviewing children's books. I have two young children myself, and find that their reactions to books designed for them are sometimes much different from my own opinion of the books they read. Just recently we received "Jonah and the Great Big Fish" by Rhonda Gowler Greene, and illustrated by Margaret Spengler.




    This story tells the traditional, Bible story of Jonah and the big fish. We learn about Jonah's disobedience to God in his refusal to go to Nineveh, and the unique punishment that God has in store for Jonah. This book brings to life the story of Jonah for young children, and illustrates the importance of listening to God and following his direction.




    The book is beautifully illustrated, and the pictures are so bright and colorful. Both my children really loved looking at the images of Jonah and the big fish. Both my toddler and my big kid loved sitting on the couch and looking at this book together. When I read this story to my kids, I found that the book was really easy for them to understand. I thought this book was a big hit with my children, and I think that it will be a winner with nearly any young child.




    I would highly recommend this book for children ages 3 and up. Wonderfully written, beautifully illustrated, and a wholesome Biblical message. What more could you ask for?

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  • Posted July 20, 2014

    I get really excited when I get new books, and I really like get

    I get really excited when I get new books, and I really like getting and reading children's books, especially since it seems like I spend a good part of my day reading them to my son! When the books are Biblical in nature, it's always a plus.




    I really enjoyed Rhonda Gowler Greene's book, Jonah and the Great Big Fish. The illustrations by Margaret Spengler are fantastic as well. With childrens' books, the illustrations are just as important as the text if not. If a book has good pictures, but the plot leaves something to be desired, I can always ad-lib. What a refreshing change of pace for the story line to be just as good as the pictures!




    Jonah and the Great Big Fish is a great book for children of any age. The story of Jonah is told in a fun yet accurate way. I like that Greene uses rhyme as well as alliteration and onomatopoeia in this short but exciting tale. I can't wait to read Greene's other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Maddy was so excited when I told her the package on our porch wa

    Maddy was so excited when I told her the package on our porch was for her this time. I helped her open the tape and as she dug through the packaging she eagerly exclaimed, “New book!” I knew we had a winner with Rhonda Gowler Greene’s new title, “Jonah and the Great Big Fish” when the Little Girl instantly plopped on her bum and flipped through the pages.
    Based on the Biblical narrative found in the book of Jonah, Rhonda Gowler Greene depicts Jonah’s experience when God gave him a task to accomplish, but Jonah refused to obey. Written in prose,  this story shares a good reminder to its readers of the importance of listening to and obeying the Lord.
    We enjoyed reading this book with the rhyme and expressive typography. The retelling of Jonah’s story maintained accuracy with Scripture, which is something I am always looking out for in Children’s “Bible” books. Even though the target age for this particular book (kids aged 4-8) was a little higher than Maddy’s current age, I think it’s one she enjoyed and will continue to read in the coming years. I’m not sure how I feel about the illustrations. The colors and general style is bright and engaging, but the artwork seems a little blurry.
    I would recommend this book to parents who want to add to their “Bible” story collection, and particularly for preschool aged children or early readers. It would make a great gift for a little one too!
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    Jonah and the Great Big Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene is a sweet

    Jonah and the Great Big Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene is a sweet children’s book retelling the story of Jonah from the Bible. Author Rhonda Greene uses rhyming to tell the Bible story in a fun and interesting way. The excitement and pace of the story are sure to keep young readers entertained while learning this favorite childhood story. In this story, Greene explains how Jonah ran from God and fled by boat. A huge storm and a frightened crew toss Jonah overboard where a big fish swallows him! As the story goes, after three long days, the fish delivers him to the shore.

    The true test for me is the reaction of my two boys, ages 5 and 7. My younger son was anxious to get his hands on the book when it arrived. He was drawn in by the beautiful illustrations. The pictures are colorful, vibrant, and clear. The characters are friendly, and not scary…including the fish. My five-year old laid in the kitchen floor for at least thirty minutes looking at each picture. He enjoyed the story and asked many questions. My older son did not show the same interest. He listened intently as I read, but did not show interest beyond the initial reading. I feel the book is more appropriate for ages 3-6. The back of the book states ages 4-8.

    I really enjoyed this title and I would definitely pursue other children’s books by this author. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher and BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review.

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