"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.
Who Counts? is featured on the Junior Library Guild Fall 2017 list.
|Product dimensions:||9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies, and Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science. She is the co-author of the popular children's book Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons, and author of numerous acclaimed books, including Short Stories by Jesus and The Misunderstood Jew.
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is the Director of Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) Arts and Humanities Institute. She is also Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck and the author of Midrash: Reading the Bible with Question Marks and award-winning children's books including God's Paintbrush and In God's Name. She is also the coauthor of Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons and The Marvelous Mustard Seed. Both titles were Junior Library Guild selections.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a great full color book for children of 3 great parables in the Word of God. This book covers the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son (prodigal son). Somethings missing in each of these stories and sought out until found! My girls really enjoyed this one. The pictures and the words flow great and it’s beautifully put together. The illustrator did a great job and we enjoyed her work on this. We really enjoyed the facial expressions throughout and the amazing hair in the lost coin story. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
WHO COUNTS is a cute hardcover children's book. When I saw it offered on Netgalley, I thought it'd be a fun book to review. It was a devil to open though as my computer was not compatible with my computer with the weird form it was sent in, so my husband had to open it and put it in a document for me to be able to read and review. There are some inaccuracies. The message in the parables wasn't that the woman was to blame for losing her coin as was implied in the story of the Ten Coins, and the father did invite the older son to the celebration when the younger son returned, so that was inaccurate. But all in all they were well told, beautifully illustrated, and should appeal to people of all nationalities as they are all represented in this book. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."
Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons by Amy-Jill Levine, and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is a modern version of three of the most commonly told parables of Jesus: The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin and the Prodigal Son. The up-to-date story and the illustrations makes the story real for today's children. When the others ask why did one sheep count or one coin count, they ask the question many have thought. The idea that everyone counts is simple but very important, especially in this day and age. The story of the Prodigal Son shows that even thought the younger son made a mistake, his father still loved him. It also deals with the issue of taking someone for granted, which he did with the older son. These messages, although taken from the bible do not stress Christianity, but simple valuable lessons for living in this world. If the parent wanted to then talk about the Christian message, they could add that on their own. The note at the end for adults is a wonderful addition. It explains why the authors wrote the stories the way they did and why they did not mention Jesus or God in the stories. I love that anyone could use these stories no matter what their religious belief. I highly recommend this book for families with young children . The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
The first story is about a man who has 100 sheep, and looses one, and now his may concern is finding the lost one. The next is about a woman with 100 coins, and then looses one, and the rest of the story is her pursuit of finding the lost coin. As we get to the last story about the man’s lost son returning, we sort of see how loosing one, makes you yearn for its return and thus the man’s rejoicing for the returned one. What the perfect book examples of the parables, while geared to children ages 4 to 8, older and younger would still benefit. The story of the Prodigal Son is always a difficult one, but with the showing of how a person yearns for the lost one, it becomes much more clear for little minds, and maybe adult ones. I received this book through LibraryThing, and was not required to give a positive review.