Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Jonah and the Great Big Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene

book review of Jonah and the Great Big Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene (Zonderkidz) by papertapepins

Jonah and the Great Big Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene

Book Description

"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.
My Thoughts
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.

About the Author

Rhonda Gowler Greene is the author of over twenty picture books. Her books have received honors such asSchool 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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