Saturday, October 2, 2010

The King's List

Author: Eldon Johnson
Illustrator: Bonnie Leick
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
October 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1646-8
Genre: Inspirational/children’s holiday

Emma and her little dog, Shu-Shu were decorating their playhouse for Christmas when they received a letter, the king had requested their presence at the King’s birthday party. Immediately, Emma can hear her dog, Shu-Shu talking, and a talking horse came to pick them up.

On the way to the party, they meet people in need, and Emma ministers to them in various ways. But she is saddened when she arrives at the party. She no longer has a gift for the king, and no one seems to be giving him presents anyway.

In THE KING’S LIST children (and the adults who read the story) are reminded that when we do the little things for those who are in need, we are really doing the things for Him. Not only that, but the book ends with tangible ways that you and your children can make a difference.

THE KING’S LIST focuses on giving and not on getting, which is a valuable lesson to be reminded up. My young children (ages 5 and 8) were enthralled by the story and the pictures, and they looked at the nursing home ministry that our church has in a whole new way. If you are looking for a good holiday book for your favorite child, then pick up THE KING’S LIST. $14.99 hardcover. 32 pages.

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