The Parable of the Lily

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The Parable of the Lily offers a wonderful lesson for children about grace, forgiveness, and God's greatest Gift to us.

Maggie, the farmer’s young daughter, loves getting gifts, especially mysterious ones. One wintry day, she receives a package in the mail. She excitedly opens the package to find a bulb buried in a crate of dirt. This was not what Maggie expected. She had hoped for a doll or a game, not a bulb that would one day become a plant. When spring comes, she finds the ...

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Overview

The Parable of the Lily offers a wonderful lesson for children about grace, forgiveness, and God's greatest Gift to us.

Maggie, the farmer’s young daughter, loves getting gifts, especially mysterious ones. One wintry day, she receives a package in the mail. She excitedly opens the package to find a bulb buried in a crate of dirt. This was not what Maggie expected. She had hoped for a doll or a game, not a bulb that would one day become a plant. When spring comes, she finds the bulb in the cellar and tosses the lifeless thing into the garden, never to think of it again . . . until she walks outside on Easter morning and finds the most beautiful lily she has ever seen. Through the unique gift of a bulb, Maggie discovers the true meaning of Easter.

A farmer's daughter receives a mysterious gift which she neglects and then discards, only to find out on Easter morning how special it is. Bible verses link the story to the life of Jesus.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
The creators of The Pumpkin Patch Parable team up again on this Easter picture book. Maggie is utterly disappointed when she receives a box of dirt and some gardening instructions in the mail. She would much rather have had a toy or a doll. She neglects her gift all winter long and in disgust tosses it out the cellar door when springtime arrives. To Maggie's surprise, the bulb she hastily threw away produces a beautiful Easter lily in her family's garden. Higgs's simple declarative text, interspersed with short Bible passages about parallel events in Jesus's life, should prove a welcome challenge to beginning readers. Her use of capital letters when referring to the farmer, however, is confusing and invites closer examination of the story's intended meaning. Munger's artwork is unfortunately rendered in an almost-garish palette, though her compositions accurately capture the emotional dynamic between Maggie and her father. In the end, readers will take away a message of new life at Easter and may be encouraged to explore further stories from the Bible.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The creators of The Pumpkin Patch Parable team up again on this Easter picture book. Maggie is utterly disappointed when she receives a box of dirt and some gardening instructions in the mail. She would much rather have had a toy or a doll. She neglects her gift all winter long and in disgust tosses it out the cellar door when springtime arrives. To Maggie's surprise, the bulb she hastily threw away produces a beautiful Easter lily in her family's garden. Higgs's simple declarative text, interspersed with short Bible passages about parallel events in Jesus's life, should prove a welcome challenge to beginning readers. Her use of capital letters when referring to the farmer, however, is confusing and invites closer examination of the story's intended meaning. Munger's artwork is unfortunately rendered in an almost-garish palette, though her compositions accurately capture the emotional dynamic between Maggie and her father. In the end, readers will take away a message of new life at Easter and may be encouraged to explore further stories from the Bible. Ages 3-7. Mar.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400318094
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Series: Parable Series
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 1,527,189
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Liz Curtis Higgs is an award-winning speaker as well as the author of twenty-eight books, including Bad Girls of the Bible and Thorn in My Heart. Her Parable Series for children has been awarded the ECPA Gold Medallion for Excellence.

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