Sammy and His Shepherd (Seeing Jesus in Psalm 23)
Subtitled Seeing Jesus in Psalm 23, this book is actually an exposition of Psalm 23 for children using Sammy the Sheep's stories. On the other side of the fence, Sammy spots a little sheep that has no name and belongs to a different shepherd, and thus, receives much different care. Through Sammy's interaction with the little lamb we learn about Sammy's life with his good shepherd. Will the lamb ever get a name? At the end of the book, A "Talk About It" section reviews each chapter's lesson. These review what the Bible says, include Something to Talk About (discussion questions) and Something to Do (application questions). Each story is beautifully illustrated in water color style (one per story). 8 1/4" X 9 1/4", 58 pp, hc. ~ Ruth
In Sammy and His Shepherd, veteran childrens writer Susan Hunt takes youngsters on a delightful trip through Psalm 23 from the point of view of a sheep named Sammy.
Sammy lives happily under the care of his faithful shepherd. But one day he meets a sheep from another flock, one who lives in misery because her shepherd is not so caring. Eventually, to the delight of both of them, Sammys shepherd buys the needy little sheep for his flock and gives her a namePrecious. Thereafter, Sammy tells Precious all the wonderful things about their shepherd. At first, Precious has a hard time believing that the shepherd can be so good. But eventually, as she sees the shepherd pouring out his energies for the good of his flock, she comes to trust him, for she sees that he loves his sheep unconditionally and sacrificially.
Each chapter of Sammy and His Shepherd is an exploration of a passage from Psalm 23. As they work through the book, children will grow in their understanding of the metaphors the psalmist used in composing this beloved poem. But more important, they will gain a deeper appreciation for the one who is the subject of the psalm: the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
Captivating illustrations by Corey Godbey help Sammy and Precious come to life for children. A special section in the back of the book provides Bible passages, discussion questions, and activities to reinforce the lessons of each chapter.