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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Sheep That Went Astray by Sandra Lott is based on the Bible story of the prodigal son. Samuel was a young sheep who lived with a herd made up of the rest of his family. He had one brother, and their uncles and aunts lived on the other side of the hill. It was a bright sunny day and Samuel thought it was a perfect day to go out. Samuel loved to roam the hills and valleys and was always gone for hours. That particular day when he was leaving, his brother warned him of a brewing storm. Samuel did not listen to him and set out, disregarding even his father's warning of the coming storm. Will Samuel reach back home safely?
The story is perfect to help children understand the value of home and it is the best way to teach them that no matter how much they disobey or go astray, they will always be guided back home once they learn their lesson properly. The story is a good way to introduce children to the Bible story of the prodigal son, and will encourage them to read more Bible stories. The illustrations by Savannah Horton are fabulous and she makes the author's concept come to life through her beautiful images. It is a good story to read out in Bible classes and school classrooms during storytelling sessions. Parents and grandparents can use it for bedtime storytelling to help kids realize that staying at home is not a bad thing after all.