Sunday, March 18
Here are some of our favorites for our time with the Good Shepherd story.
Stories Jesus Told by Nick Inkpen and Mick Butterworth: This book is a must have for any toddler (and I don't say that lightly). It is a collection of simply told parables that are great to read aloud. The tale of the lost sheep is perfect for a wee one and is fun to read over and over (and you will be reading it over-and-over if my boys are any indication).
Beautiful Sheep: Having grown up on a sheep farm I have a special afinity for our wooly friends and all things wool. I want my boys to understand that sheep aren't just sheep. Heavens no, spunky, hard-hooved, ugly cheviots (sorry I have a grudge) aren't anything like stalky, dense, and oh-so-cute southdowns (I had my own flock of southdowns growing up.) Jim's aunt sent me this book and it is a treasure. This collection of portraits of various sheep breeds is just fun to flip through.
Little Baa by Kim Lewis: I love Kim Lewis' books. The rolling hills, sheep and simple stories are lovely for little ones and remind me of my childhood. Little Baa is my all time favorite; the story of a little lamb who gets lost from his mother and the shepherd helps him find her.
Days on the Farm by Kim Lewis: This is a collection of Kim Lewis' stories and a couple are very applicable to the good shepherd story. In one a little girl looses the bottle-baby lamb she is to look after and searches everywhere. In another a little boy becomes a shepherd like his daddy. Kim Lewis oblates the experiences of a small child on a farm simply and beautifully. (And there are tractors, which makes these books a winner for Rowan!)
Dogger: Okay, so there is nothing about sheep in this book, but it is a treasure of a book about a precious animal lost and found. The story is beautiful and helps a child enter into what it means to lose something that means so much.
Psalm 23 by Barry Moser: I've looked at several Psalm 23 books and I think that this one is my favorite (at least for right now). The shepherd is a small boy and the watercolors are soothing and clear.
Psalm Twenty-Three by Tim Ladwig: The words of the 23rd Psalm are placed over illustrations of small children in a city, showing God's care in a modern setting.
The Lord is My Shepherd by Tasha Tudor: I read lots of Tasha Tudor as a girl and while I don't feel the illustrations have the depth that the two listed above have, it is such a pretty little book! I have this in a tiny book - just right for on our godly play shelves right beside Tasha Tudor's Lord's Prayer and the Prayer Book.
Tig and Tag books by Benedict Blathwayt : These books are fun and I love the English countryside in Blathewaits work. I have picked up a couple at charity shops and would recommend picking them up used if you come by them.
Any other shepherd/sheep/lost-and-found books you would recommend?