Just had "Stubby's Destiny" reviewed by Mr. Wayne Walker at Stories for Children Magazine. I thought some of you might enjoy reading it.
STORIES FOR CHILDREN
BOOK: Stubby's Destiny
AUTHOR: Dixie Phillips
ILLUSTRATOR: Kim Sponaugle
PUBLISHER: Guardian Angel Publishing Inc. (2008)
ISBN-13: 978-1-933090-23-3 (print)
ISBN-13: 978-1-935137-18-4 (eBook)
READING LEVEL: Ages 3-7
RATING: 5 stars
REVIEWED BY: Wayne S. Walker, reviewer with Stories for Children Magazine
Could a boring donkey ever be chosen for something great? Stubby is an orphaned donkey colt who wants to be like the horses whose steady hoof beats go "Clippety-clop" down the cobblestone street. His friend, Sly the stallion, tells him to change his posture and tries to give him some lessons to help him reach his divine destiny, but Stubby continues to have trouble and wonders if he will ever be used in the royal service of the king. However, one morning, when he goes to get a drink, he is grabbed by two men who say, "The Lord has need of him." Someone lays a cloak across his back, and a strange man with the kindest eyes gets on him while people shout, "Hosanna! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord." Can you guess what important event in history this is?
What a wonderful way for children to hear or read about the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, by looking at it from the animal's viewpoint! This kind of approach helps to make Bible stories more personal for youngsters. Author Dixie Phillips and illustrator Kim Sponaugle, whose Angel Eyes was previously reviewed in the December, 2008, issue of Stories for Children and is still available on our website under "Past Reviews," combine their talents to tell an irresistable story about a defeated donkey who feels that he was born wrong and is just about to give up but finds that he is at the right place at the right time. Children will find it delightful. Also, it can bring hope to youngsters who are hurting and might feel that their situation is hopeless. I give it five stars.
Related website: www.floydslighthouse.com (author), www.writing4littleones.blogspot.com (author's blog), www.GuardianAngelPublishing.com (publisher),
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