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Cecil the Lost Sheep Cecil the Lost Sheep

Andrew McDonough
ISBN 9780859109963 (0859109968)
Lost Sheep, 2006

Category: Books for Children and Parents

Now this is my kind of book: a simple story, superbly told and brilliantly illustrated. The story is, of course, Jesus' parable of the lost sheep — no surprises there — but brought to life by a sheep with attitude: Cecil.

Not for Cecil the boring life of munching grass day in, day out: Cecil wants adventure, and off he goes. More than that I shall not tell beyond saying that he gets lost and found and inbetween anyone who loves a good story is going to love joining in with Cecil and the shepherd who sets off to find him.

Finally, to make sure we don't miss the point, the aptly titled "Back Page" gives some tips on how to use the story "to teach children about God's love for them." Whether you're looking for inspiration to help tell this story to your own children or to use it in a classroom setting, this book is sure to hit the spot. Look out for the other volumes in the series, Bob the Bird, The Good Samaritan and Basil the Branch, all just as brightly and cheerfully told: worth every penny.

Phil Groom, March 2007

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