Stink Bug Saves the Day!: The Parable of the Good Samaritan

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This retelling of The Good Samaritan teaches the importance of being a good friend. Mom and Pop Roly Poly and their little Rolies, Junior and Sissy, find themselves face-to-face with some biker flies. It looks like big trouble for Pop! Will anyone stop to help him? Someone will—the last person anyone expects.

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Overview

This retelling of The Good Samaritan teaches the importance of being a good friend. Mom and Pop Roly Poly and their little Rolies, Junior and Sissy, find themselves face-to-face with some biker flies. It looks like big trouble for Pop! Will anyone stop to help him? Someone will—the last person anyone expects.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

These two retellings of biblical parables replace human characters with insects. The divergent personalities of the bugs come through in their conversations and behaviors. In House , two creatures set up construction companies to build homes. Willie and his crew abide by the rules while Ray directs his workers to use shortcuts. When a disastrous storm blows in, Willie's houses remain intact; Ray's collapse. In Stink Bug , a family boards a motor home to head off for a vacation at Six Rag amusement park. On the way, a rowdy gang stops them. Pop, severely injured, tells his son to get help and take the rest of the family with him. Marching ants, followed by snobbish butterflies, see him, but pass by without coming to his aid. A stink bug and snail rescue Pop, who is eventually reunited with the family. Both didactic picture books inject pop culture into the traditional parables. The rhyme schemes are often stretched. Speech bubbles set the dialogue apart from the text. Each book concludes with a clear statement of the moral. Children will be entertained by the many details in Smith's comical cartoon-style artwork, which varies in size and features blues, greens, yellows, and purples. Vehicles are made from recycled materials. Parents seeking more traditional biblical versions will need to look elsewhere, but these lively, action-filled retellings do make the lessons accessible to children. Libraries desiring to broaden their selections of religious materials might consider them.-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH

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This retelling of the well-known parable is anything but staid: The travelers who need help are a family of roly-poly bugs, and the Good Samaritan is a stinkbug whose insect name describes his most apparent (but not most important) characteristic. After a gang of meddlesome biker flies attacks the father of the roly-poly bug family, he is left injured by the side of the road. A squad of marching ants and a trio of butterflies pass by, but all refuse to help until the stinkbug kindly comes to the rescue. Cartoon-style illustrations in a muted, moody palette are organized sequentially in multiple panels, with speech balloons in brighter colors and a jazzy typeface, augmented by witty details of the insects' anthropomorphic world. The droll, rhyming text offers additional humor in a punchy, rap style that begs to be read aloud. Though the parable is handled lightheartedly, it cleverly conveys all the essential elements of the story in a memorable way that children will enjoy. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310712190
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Publication date: 8/12/2008
  • Series: Bug Parables, The
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Myers (www.Billmyers.com) is a bestselling author and award-winning writer/director whose work has won sixty national and international awards. His books and videos have sold eight million copies and include The Seeing, Eli, The Voice, My Life as, Forbidden Doors, and Mc Gee and Me.

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    Sounds cool!

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  • Posted May 8, 2009

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    Great lesson!

    Pop Roly-Poly is on his way to vacation with his family when he is attacked by a gang of flies in the book that is a retelling of the parable of the Good Samaritan. He is helped by a stink bug. This book teaches a wonderful lesson. Young children will enjoy this book and the cartoon illustrations.
    My son and I enjoyed this book and the lesson it taught.

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