Tuesday, July 20, 2010

FIRST Wild Card Tour: The Gardener and The Vine

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 overheard projector sheets and drew up the story of Cecil and the Lost Sheep. The congregation loved it, so Andrew continued to draw stories to use with kids and adults. Other student, 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: 0310719461
ISBN-13: 978-0310719465


My Review:

I am so excited to have read another wonderful book from Andrew McDonough, and the Cecil and Friends Series! Filled with brillant colors and easy to read pages that will capture even the youngest of book lovers, your child will learn about Bible truths from John 15 and Romans 11. In reading this book, your children will learn the valuable lesson that one can only become part of God's family through the gift that Christ gave us through His suffering on the cross.

At ages 3.5 and 2 years my children are a little young to comprehend the lesson of this book but they loved listening to this story and we have read it several times since receiving it from Zondervan Publishers. The age recommendation for this book is stated to be 4-7 years of age and I agree with this completely.

I look forward to introducing my children to the other three books in this series: Jonah's Story, The Good Samaritan, and Zac The Tax Man. The Gardener and The Vine, as well as the other Cecil and Friends books by McDonough would all make wonderful gifts for any young child and I highly recommend them.

***Thank you to Zondervan Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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