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Jonah and the Great Big Fish

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Format: Hardcover

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Jonah and the Great Big Fish, written by bestselling author Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrated by Margaret Spengler, introduces children to the iconic Bible story and gently reminds them how important it is to listen to God.
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“God told Jonah to obey,

said, ‘Go to Nineveh this day.’

But, stubborn Jonah fled instead.

Didn’t do just what God said.”


Jonah’s disobedience landed him inside a big fish! And there he had time to think and pray.


Children will feel the waves and hear the splash as Jonah sinks “down and down and down” into the belly of the fish. This story serves as an excellent reminder of how important it is to listen to God.

Contributor(s) Rhonda Gowler Greene
About the Contributor(s) Rhonda Gowler Greene

Rhonda Gowler Greene is the author of over twenty picture books. Her books have received honors such as School Library Journal Best Book, Children’s Book Council Showcase Book, Bank Street College Best Book, and starred reviews. A former elementary school teacher, with a master’s in educational media, Rhonda is a frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences. She lives with her husband, Gary, in a house overflowing with books in West Bloomfield, Michigan. They have four grown children. For more information, visit her on the web at—www.rhondagowlergreene.com

 

UPC 025986732196
ISBN-10 0310732190
ISBN-13 9780310732198
Publish Date Jul 8, 2014
Weight (lbs) 0.6600
Height 9.30
Width 9.30
Length 32
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zonderkidz
Price $9.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by InkBlotsbyTRD.blogspot.com
Overall Rating
Jonah and the Great Big Fish is a children's picture book by Rhonda Gowler Greene, written in rhyme. The story is taken from the book of Jonah.

Although the story is taken from the biblical account of Jonah, it does not follow the story all the way through, but rather ends at the point where Jonah obeys God's command to go to Nineveh. I think the ending as is keeps the focus on obedience to God, but obviously in your discussions with your children you will want to expand into the whole story and discuss the repentant hearts of the Ninevites.

There were a few things I really appreciated about this book and a couple small things that I am unsure of. I appreciated the overall focus of obedience in this book. I was also glad to see the book refer to a big fish rather than a whale.

When I first read the book, I was unsure what I thought of the wording where God tells Jonah to tell the Ninevites that "they need to repent". From my very un-expert opinion of the biblical account, it seems that God does not ask for repentance, but rather tells Jonah to tell the Ninevites that Ninevah will be overturned. Also, I wish the wording was a little different where Jonah is praying from inside the great fish - it almost sounds like Jonah is praying for three days before God even hears his prayers. That to me is one thing that I will be sure to discuss further with my children when reading this book - God always hears our prayers and knows them even before we pray them, but it may be awhile before we can "hear" His response.

The illustrations by Margaret Spengler are great - it appears to be airbrushed, which gives it a very "soft" feel. The colors are beautiful and the illustrations fill each full two-page spread.

Overall, this is a cute book with a great message to read with your young ones.

FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 8/15/2014)
Review by Jamie
Overall Rating
The story of Jonah and the whale is one of the most popular Old Testament stories in the bible and one young children learn early on in Sunday school. I understand completely – it’s one of those larger than life stories that’s fascinating and one you learn many life lessons from. I’m always happy to find a great children’s version of the story too! Like this one :).

The pictures are fun, the story clear and my favorite part? It rhymes! For younger children (this one is for 4-8 year olds), one of my favorite kinds of book to read is the rhyming kind. They are so much fun and the kids love it.

If you’re reading to younger ones, the pages are paper (not the board back), so just a heads up to be a bit more careful, otherwise you might end up with some Jonah confetti. ;)

What were some of your favorite bible stories as a child? I’d love to hear them!

(Thank you Zonderkidz for the copy in exchange for my honest review)

Originally posted at: http://booksandbeverages.org/2014/08/04/jonah-great-big-fish-rhonda-gowler-greene-book-review (Posted on 8/4/2014)
Review by Lisa
Overall Rating
This is a great book for younger kids. It has a rhyming storyline about Jonah. Jonah is a story that most children who go to Sunday School know. This is a cute book with cute pictures to get the attention of younger children. This book is simple enough for my 5 year old to read on his own. He loves reading and always gets happy after he finishes a book on his own. And I'm glad that he is reading books of value and Christian theme. (Posted on 8/1/2014)
Review by Cheshire Cat
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Whether your teaching general religion to your child or just fun stories, this book makes learning classic stories easy and fun for children. The bible is brought to there level.

Read my full review and see photos of the book at http://www.cheshirecatlookingglass.com/jonah-great-big-fish/ (Posted on 7/27/2014)
Review by Jalynn
Overall Rating
About the Book:

God told Jonah to obey,

said, Go to Nineveh this day.

But, stubborn Jonah fled instead.

Didn t do just what God said.


Jonah s disobedience landed him inside a big fish! And there he had time to think and pray.


Children will feel the waves and hear the splash as Jonah sinks down and down and down into the belly of the fish. This story serves as an excellent reminder of how important it is to listen to God."

About the Author:

Rhonda Gowler Greene is the author of over twenty picture books. Her books have received honors such as School Library Journal Best Book, Children’s Book Council Showcase Book, Bank Street College Best Book, and starred reviews. A former elementary school teacher, with a master’s in educational media, Rhonda is a frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences. She lives with her husband, Gary, in a house overflowing with books in West Bloomfield, Michigan. They have four grown children. For more information, visit her on the web at—www.rhondagowlergreene.com

My Review:

Jonah and the Great Big Fish, is a retelling of the same timeless Bible story, many of us were told as children. Jonah was commanded by God to go and tell the people of Ninevah that they need to change their ways and repent and that God cared deeply for each and every one of them. Jonah ran from God and his responsibility and because of this he was swallowed by a whale. Soon thereafter, he prayed and realized what he should do to save these faltering people.



Written in a delightful poem style way, we are once again reunited with the famous Bible story of old. With full color illustrations, it is sure to bring much delight to your children. I read this sweet book to my four year old and he understood it perfectly and really enjoyed the writing & the pictures. It is a very sweet book!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. (Posted on 7/22/2014)
Review by The IE Mommy
Overall Rating
My kids are familiar with the story of Jonah and the whale but it's a classic that just never gets old! Every writer tells it a little bit differently and the illustrations can make or break the story. The team of Rhonda Cowler and Margaret Spengler as illustrator are a winning combo for a book my kids loved in Jonah and the Great Big Fish.

Reed is six and just finished Kindergarten. He is not a big reader. I have been slacking a bit on reading with him over the summer because we've been so busy but also because it's always a fight. He actually voluntarily picked up this book so I had to take advantage of the situation!

Since it's a fairly simple book, he could read a lot of it himself. There are still bigger words in it he hasn't learned yet that I had to help with but it was a really good book for him to practice reading with for the most part.

I personally adore these illustrations. They are so whimsical and magical and my six month old was sitting on my lap and kept reaching out and touching all the bright colors as if he expected the images to be real.

I think the rhyming is also whimsical and really helped Reed with his reading. When he got into the rhythm of it, he'd know what word was coming just based on the rhyming alone. What a great tool for beginning readers!

I also liked that the other little critters in the big fish were cute and fun looking so they weren't scary. I remember being scared of this story as a child and wouldn't want my kids to fear the ocean like I did. Even using the word Fish instead of Whale makes it less intimidating even though the pictures clearly look like a whale. The fish/whale is even kind of smiley looking when he spits Jonah out.

And of course as a mom, I love the overall moral of the story. Day in and day out I try to hammer the concept of "obey" in my kids heads. Telling them they will get swallowed by a big fish is a great deterrent for them disobeying. I'm kidding! I didn't tell them that. But they did get the overall big picture as we discussed it over.

Jonah and the Great Big Fish is the sweetest and cutest telling of the story I've ever seen but also still gets the main point across and sticks to Biblical truth.

(Posted on 7/21/2014)
Review by April
Overall Rating
Jonah has always been one of my favorite bible stories. I mean who wouldn't be in awe of a man who lived in the belly of a big fish for 3 days. I imagine it would have been frightening and miserable. Beyond that part of the story I love going to deeper and talking not only about Jonah obeying God's calling but also Jonah's heart after God spares Ninevah. This children's story does not go into those details but it does cover the basic lesson of the importance of listening to God. How easy it is for us to be going along our day ignoring the Holy Spirit asking us to slow down and do something for HIM. This book is a great reminder to teach our children the importance of following God's calling and direction even when it seems too hard or difficult.

The pictures are illustrated by Margaret Spengler and they are fantastic. They are vibrant and show excellent emotions through the character faces. My kids enjoyed this story and they are excited to share this book in Children's Church.
(Posted on 7/19/2014)

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