06 November 2008

The Crippled Lamb - Lucado

Joshua is a sweet little crippled lamb who is sad his life doesn't seem to amount to much. Abigail a cow is his only friend. One night after he is saddened once again that he can't go with the flock but he must stay behind at the barn he gets to be a part of one of the most exciting happenings in history, baby Jesus' birth. Despite his disability he uses what he has, his warm wool to warm the infant. He sees the shepherds come back to see the baby and realizes how special this baby really is.
My review of the book would be this, there is a lot assumed. He assumes that you know who the special baby is; he assumes you know a lot about the story of Christ Jesus' birth; and like most authors he adds some things in that probably weren't there. At the end of the story, the author does imply too that animals can pray, while it is written in the perspective of the lamb I think that was a little far fetched. Cute story, but it could have been done better. For the age group it is aimed at I think it just needed more information about the event of the Savior's birth. Definitely read it with your children so you can correct the mistakes.