Thursday, July 28, 2011

Book Review: The Little Frog Learns the Golden Rule

The Little Frog Learns the Golden Rule
By: Crista R. Stewart
Published by:  Tate Publishing and Enterprises; Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-61663-764-4
Price: $9.99
Ages: Ages 4-8
Rating:  5 stars
Reviewed by: Wayne S. Walker

Synopsis: Do you know “the golden rule”?  Little Frog, whom author Christa R. Stewart first introduced in her previous book entitled The Little Frog, does.  Little Frog has only three legs, and the other frogs teased him badly, so his human friend Chase took him to a new home on the other side of the pond.  One day, Chase, who has only one arm, stops by the pond and is counting some gold coins on his way to church.  Little Frog asks if he can go too, and Chase says yes.  At church, Little Frog learns, “The golden rule is treating others the way you want to be treated.  It is a rule Jesus told us all to follow because it is worth a lot to Him.  It is much more valuable than gold.”  The next day, Chase even gives Little Frog one of his gold coins so that he can remember the golden rule.  However, after Chase leaves, the mean frogs find Little Frog and try to run him off.  Later, at bedtime just as he is beginning to pray, Little Frog hears someone yelling for help.  It is Saul, one of the mean frogs, whose foot is stuck under a rock.  What will Little Frog do?  Will he remember the golden rule and help Saul?  Or will he just hop away and leave Saul there? 

Overall thoughts: This is a charming way to illustrate the golden rule, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”  When learning Bible principles, it is helpful for children to read or hear stories with concrete examples of those principles.  Stewart chose a frog for her stories because FROG stands for Fully Rely on God.  She says, “It’s easy to be nice to others who are nice to you, but what do you do when others are mean to you?”   Both parents and youngsters can find the answer to that question by reading The Little Frog Learns the Golden Rule.

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