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Jesus and the Children

Note:  I am a member of a group of reviewers of Christian books.  I thought of sharing this new children's book with you because I think it is a nice resource help for telling Bible stories to kids.  This picture book of Jesus and the Children by Andrew McDonough will give the children a way to imagine how the story goes in a modern setting so that they can relate to the story.  You can browse a portion of the book by clicking the book cover icon below.  I also made the accompanying lessons like Memory Verse and Kids Activity, as I usually do in each post (Please below after the book description) . 

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

Andrew McDonough

and the book:

Zondervan (January 15, 2010)
***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***


Andrew is the creator, writer, and illustrator of the Lost Sheep series. Way back in 1989 as a young Bible college student, Andrew was asked to give the dreaded “children’s talk” at a large church. Andrew possessed one talent: he could draw sheep. He bought some overhead projector sheets and drew up the story of Cecil and the Lost Sheep. T he congregation loved it, so Andrew continued to draw stories to use with kids and adults. Other students, pastors, and teachers started borrowing the stories.

Product Details:

List Price: $4.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (January 15, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 031071947X
ISBN-13: 978-0310719472

Press the browse button to view the first chapter:

The Bible story of Jesus and the Children can be found in Matthew 19:13-15.

Some Questions to Ponder for the teacher.

What did the disciples do when children were brought to Jesus? Why did they respond that way?
What did Jesus say about it?  What does this tell us about Jesus? 
What does kingdom of heaven mean?  Does Jesus want children to belong to the kingdom of heaven?  How can children belong to the kingdom of heaven?

After the story, emphasize to the children that Jesus loves them no matter how naughty they are, or whatever they do, this would not make Jesus love them less.  Jesus always has time for each of them because He loves them.  And Jesus wants them to be part of his kingdom even as little children.

MEMORY VERSE:  Matthew 19:14
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Jesus Loves You Heart Balloon Craft.  Click the link to find the instructions.
Jesus loves the children paper accordion.  Click the picture on the right to enlarge and see the instructions below.  Then, on another light-colored construction paper, paste the children holding hands together on the center.  On top of the picture, write Jesus Loves Children.  Below each child picture, you can write a name of a child.  If you used white paper to make the cut out children, you can ask the children to color each child.

Jesus and the children coloring pages.  Printable 1 and Printable 2.

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