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Who Counts?: 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons
     

Who Counts?: 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons

by Amy-Jill Levine, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Margaux 0 Meganck (Illustrator)
 

“One sheep makes a difference. Without her something is missing. Now my flock is complete.”

Oh, no! The man is missing his sheep! The woman is missing her coin! The father is missing his son! Can you help them find what they are looking for?

Who Counts? is a creative retelling of three popular parables: the lost sheep, the lost

Overview

“One sheep makes a difference. Without her something is missing. Now my flock is complete.”

Oh, no! The man is missing his sheep! The woman is missing her coin! The father is missing his son! Can you help them find what they are looking for?

Who Counts? is a creative retelling of three popular parables: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. As young readers count to help the characters find what’s missing, Who Counts? teaches that every one of us counts in God’s eyes and that everyone should feel counted.

The stories are beautifully illustrated with modern-day characters and a diversity of ethnicities so that all children will be able to see themselves in the stories.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/10/2017
Levine and Sasso present contemporary retellings of the three biblical parables with numerical themes: the good shepherd, lost coin, and prodigal son. In the first, a Caucasian farmhand in a plaid shirt and cowboy hat temporarily loses one of his 100 sheep; in the similar second parable, an African-American woman scours her midcentury modern home for a lost silver drachma, celebrating its discovery with a party for the women in town. In the longer final story, Meganck pictures the father and sons as a Latino family running a vast farm. All three stories are true to their biblical roots, but Meganck’s handsome paintings of diverse characters and present-day settings may help readers find greater connections to their messages about value, faithfulness, and appreciation—and it doesn’t hurt that each parable ends with a party. Ages 3–8. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
2017-03-29
Three parables of Jesus from the Christian Bible are retold with modern-day settings and characters.Levine (Jewish Studies/Vanderbilt) and Sasso, a rabbi, use diverse settings and a multicultural cast of characters to recount the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. "One Hundred Sheep" is set on a contemporary ranch with a bearded, white shepherd in plaid flannel shirt, jeans, and cowboy boots. He notices when just one of his flock goes missing and searches until he finds her. "Ten Coins" is the story of a brown-skinned woman with dark, curly hair who temporarily misplaces one of her silver coins, identified in the text as drachmas, although that term is not further defined. "Two Sons," the longest story in the collection, recounts the story of a father's relationship with his two adult sons. The father and sons have light-brown skin and dark, curly hair. Each story ends with a celebration including neighbors and friends of different ethnicities. The confident, cheery tone of the text is well-matched with appealing illustrations that effectively convey the emotions of the characters. The large trim size makes this an excellent choice for reading to a group, and no prior knowledge of the specific Bible stories is necessary for comprehension. A thoughtful authors' note to parents and teachers offers interpretation of the three parables, discussion suggestions, and source references for the biblical texts. An unusual and creative interpretation of the three parables, offering the satisfying conclusion that each person (or sheep or coin) matters and should be counted. (Picture book/religion. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780664262747
Publisher:
Presbyterian Publishing
Publication date:
05/20/2017
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Amy-Jill Levine is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University. For more details on the parables, see her Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is the Director of Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative at Butler University. She is Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck and an author of many award-winning children’s books.

Margaux Meganck is a freelance artist and children’s book illustrator in Portland, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.