Parables

Parables

by Mary Hoffman, Jackie Morris
     
 

Jesus taught his followers through the use of parables; seemingly simple tales that reveal a deeper, more complex meaning. Christians the world over continue to tell and to ponder these timeless lessons. Now Mary Hoffman recounts eight of these important stories in accessible, beautiful language, perfect for sharing with a child. Every parable features an… See more details below

Overview

Jesus taught his followers through the use of parables; seemingly simple tales that reveal a deeper, more complex meaning. Christians the world over continue to tell and to ponder these timeless lessons. Now Mary Hoffman recounts eight of these important stories in accessible, beautiful language, perfect for sharing with a child. Every parable features an introduction and an afterword that convey Ms. Hoffman's insights into the parables and helps to make them understandable in the contemporary world.

These lovely, eternal stories are marvelously complemented by the soft, richly colored watercolors of Jackie Morris. This is a treasure for readers both young and old.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hoffman (Amazing Grace) adapts eight parables for children in this intimate, thought-provoking picture book. By their nature, the story-lessons, or parables, attributed to Jesus have traditionally been among the most accessible parts of the Bible. But Hoffman steps beyond mere retellings, taking great care to explain or imagine Jesus' intent behind these "stories with two meanings" and to gently challenge readers to see both sides, especially when the lessons are, as Hoffman says, "uncomfortable." Each parable bears a simplified new title (the Prodigal Son is transformed into "The Jealous Brother"; The Good Samaritan becomes "Neighbors"), and a few plot details are slightly updated, making them more accessible to contemporary kids. The stories open with brief introductions that promote introspection and identification with the characters ("You know what it's like to feel jealous" or "Do you like parties?"). Finally, the author closes each parable with a short summation, showing how the plot works to demonstrate God's love for his people. Hoffman's friendly yet reverent voice and solid pacing are sure to captivate her audience. Morris's (The Fourth Wise Man) warm and earthy palette depicts earnest-faced people of the ancient Holy Land in a vivid landscape dotted with lush palm trees and vineyards as well as dusty roads and fields. Laid out with many vertical panels and 1/-page facing art, the illustrations often seem to enfold readers with the text. The comfortable blend of text and art helps these favorite stories shine anew. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Eight parables are paraphrased, with brief introductions and explanatory notes. Some are familiar, such as the story of the Good Samaritan, and others are less well-known. The notes are helpful, clearly stating the point of the parables, the lesson Jesus was trying to convey. The artwork is beautiful, using Middle Eastern motifs in full-color paintings. 2000, Phyllis Fogelman/Penguin Putnam, $16.99. Ages 4 to 10. Reviewer: Dr. Judy Rowen
New Testament parables are timeless teaching tools of love and forgiveness. This book explores eight parables that are among the best known of those told by Jesus. Explanatory italic text helps readers meditate on the deep meanings in these stories. A great choice for a communion or confirmation gift, or just about any occasion. 2000, Penguin, $16.99. Ages 5 to 10. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Excellent, accurate, thoughtful retellings of eight of Jesus's parables, written in clear, modern English. Included are the workers in the vineyard, the prodigal son, the house on the rocks, the good Samaritan, the lost sheep, the sower and the seed, the rich man's feast, and the unforgiving servant. Each story has an enlightening introduction and an explanatory afterword to help children understand its meaning. Scriptural citations are provided along with brief notes about the retellings. Each selection is vividly illustrated in earth-toned watercolors, mostly full page, in a slightly flat but realistic manner. The figures have strong, melancholy, expressive faces. Other collected versions of these well-known parables, such as Christopher Lane's Kingdom Parables (Victor, 1994), Tomie dePaola's The Parables of Jesus (Holiday, 1987), and Patricia St. John's Stories That Jesus Told (Morehouse, 1995), are available, but this work is particularly reader-friendly and attractive.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803725607
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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