The Not-So-Very Lost Lamb

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Pub Date 19 Jul 2019 | Archive Date 07 Apr 2020
Lion Hudson Ltd, Lion Children's Bks

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A delightful picture book retelling the parable of the lost sheep. Follow the little lamb as it wanders off unaware of how far from home it goes. Delight at the joy and relief when the little lamb hears the sound of the Shepherd's voice, who has come to find it.

A delightful picture book retelling the parable of the lost sheep. Follow the little lamb as it wanders off unaware of how far from home it goes. Delight at the joy and relief when the little lamb...

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Antonia Woodward is a rare talent. Not only is she able to bring the stories of Jesus to a modern audience, she has the skill to transform her selected narrative with stunning artwork to illustrate the story.
With a note to parents where the story comes from in the Bible this up to date account of the lost sheep will delight a new generation.
Nothing here but an age old tale of God’s love as seen in a little lamb who lost their way; only for the shepherd to search near and far to find them.

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Oh my Lamb! As soon as I saw you were missing I set out to find you, and I haven't stopped searching for you since! You can never get so lost that I can't find you, and you can never wander so far away that you can't come back. My dear precious lamb, you're safe. I am here!

One of the best bible parables that Jesus taught and is the bible for us today. Our children need to hear those words and understand the implications as a sinner who is lost. The story is well done, easy to comprehend, and it brings a spirit of thankfulness that we need to follow to Jesus. Both child and parent will be blessed by these words and illustrations. Highly recommend.

A Special Thank you to Lion's Children Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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A lovely retelling of the story of The Lost Sheep from the Bible, focussed on the lamb that gets lost. Distracted by exciting sights, the lamb soon loses his way and becomes frightened and lonely. He wonders if he’ll ever get home until he hears the shepherd calling his name.

With child-friendly language and beautiful illustrations this story can be loved by any child. Although based on the Bible story, there is no mention of God or Jesus in the story itself, with only a reference to the appropriate passage on the dedication page. This would be a good book for a classroom, or home with young children, whether Christian or not. The reference to the Bible passage gives opportunity for further exploration but only if the reader wishes.

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This was such a lovely story and I thought that the images were lovely, the story had a lovely flow to it. It is 4 stars from me, it was well written and I loved the images –highly recommended!!

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The Not-So-Very Lost Lamb is a lovely book by Antonia Woodward. It is an updated version for children of the good shepherd who leaves the ninety-nine sheep in safety to go look for the one lost sheep.

There is much to love about this book, such as the Bible reference is given at the beginning for the reader to look closer if they wish. Then the beautiful illustrations seem simply done but so expressive. They add to the story without distracting from the text. Also it is a book that many ages can enjoy. While young children would certainly enjoy this story read to them, an early primary student could easily read it on their own. Maybe most important this wonderful version stays true to the heart of the original story.

The lost sheep is probably one of the most well-known of the parables told by Jesus. The Not-So-Very Lost Lamb gives the perspective of the little lamb. Imagine how the lamb might have wander away, not really meaning to go so far away, unable to find his way back, yet the title says he is not-so-very-lost. Perhaps that seems odd until the shepherd says, “You can never get so lost that I can't find you, and you can never wander so far away that you can't come back.” Now that does a heart good, thank you, Lord.

The publisher through Net Galley provided a digital ARC. This is one I will purchase in paperback as a children’s gift. I have voluntarily decided to read and review, giving my personal opinions and thoughts.

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This is a reworking of a parable. I love the imagery of being with the lost sheep and the descriptions given, however I feel as if the message of the parable is lost in the perspective.
This said, it is a beautiful story with stunning illustrations.

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A simple, easy to understand version of the classic parable. The illustrations are very charming. This is a good story for a Sunday school class.

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The Not So Very Lost Lamb is a gorgeous book about a little lamb who wanders off after becoming inquisitive and discovering lots of distractions in his environment but as night comes ends up becoming worried that he'll be forgotten and won't be found.

This is a really lovely and reassuring book that the children enjoyed, I think it's great how it shows that someone will always love and come and help you even when you think they've forgotten as it seems very relatable and similar for the children as to when their parents leave them at Pre-School!

The illustrations in the book are beautiful and it's great how we get to see the lambs feelings change throughout the book which are also represented in the colours and styles of illustrations. I think the lamb is a lovely character and it is so nice to see how he goes from being so happy and excited to worried and anxious as it shows the journey he has taken well and it made the children care for him and want him to be found.

Seeing the shepherd is a lovely and reassuring end to the book and it made the children happy to see lamb cheer up and is something that is a great reminder for the children that they, like the lamb, are loved and someone will be looking out for them. This is such a beautiful story, we have enjoyed reading it and love looking at all of the gorgeous illustrations!

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I LOVE Antonia Woodward’s books. The story of the not-so-very lost lamb is a re-telling of the Parable of the Lost Sheep that Jesus tells in the Bible.

Woodward embellished the story with a few details but all in all it’s true to the original. (She also gives the Bible passage on the first page so you can look it up and read it for yourself.) It is written in child appropriate language and full of feelings. And the illustrations cover the whole spread and manage to be stunning and super cute at the same time. The words and the pictures make a perfect combination. I’m a huge fan. I cannot say how much I love Woodward’s books!

If you want to introduce little ones to the Bible, Antonia’s books are perfect for younger children, age 2-4, I’d say.

Thank you NetGalley and Lion Hudson Ltd for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I received this ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The illustrations in this are gorgeous and I loved the text emphasis on some of the descriptive words. It’s a sweet story and would be a great one for a parent and child to read together.

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*received from netgalley for honest review* Adorable art style, love the little lamb, very simple and short story good for young children bedtime.

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One of the BEST picture books out there on the market. Such adorable illustrations (you can't help but fall in love with the lost little lamb!). Such a well-written story too. An excellent way to teach our littles about one of Jesus' parables.

Honestly, this book couldn't be any more perfect than what it is! I (yes, as an adult) love this story with all my heart. Let me assure you... You need to read this story to your family! They will love and cherish it too.

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Love the book and the illustration is just beautiful!

Would have liked some discussion questions on the story or some passages from the bible at the end of the book. Overall, a simple read for pre-schoolers! Will be reading this book to my pre-school Sunday school class!

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The-Not-So-Very Lost Lamb by Antonia Woodward is a beautiful children's book.. My children and I love this book! I especially love how this book is a retelling of the parable of the lost sheep in the Bible. The authors way with words and the beautiful illustrations kept my children on the edge of their seats as I read them this story. This book would make a good tool for parents to use to help encourage dialog with their children about Jesus and the Bible. This book would make a wonderful gift. I would recommend this book to any parent or church.

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I like the book as it has good illustration and put it in simple way

It also mentioned the phrase from bible that related to the story

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My 4 year old and 7 year old daughters both loved this book! The illustrations are very cute and had them saying "awwwww" a lot. The story is a good one about the Shepherd seeking His one lost sheep.

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A simple retelling of the parable of the lost sheep, and includes a reference to where to find the bible story below the dedication. The illustrations are colorful and lovely, and easily capture childrens' attention. The lamb is absolutely adorable. It can easily be used to discuss the joy of God and God's love with little ones.
I received a digital ARC of this title from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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I love, love, loved this book. Beautifully written and illustrated, this book reminds you of the faithful shepherd who never lets is stray too far. My kiddos and I loved every page.

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A sweet story highlighting the lost sheep parable. The author brings the story down to child level to help them understand the scripture in an easy format. The illustrations are colorful, detailed and very appealing. The message of unconditional love comes across clearly. This would definitely be a book I’d buy for little kids.

Thanks to Lion Hudson Ltd. and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this so I can offer my honest opinion..

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