Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Family Christian Stores through the Family Christian Blogger program, along with the certificate I am giving away. This post does contain affiliate links. I was not required to write a positive review, and any affiliate relationship does not impact my opinions. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Then I got the opportunity to review The Good Rat as part of the Family Christian Blogger program. This book features Theo, Luther, and Belfry, and I found that this is definitely something that still has some appeal to my family.
The Good Rat is a retelling of the story of The Good Samaritan. And it is a pretty good retelling. My 17-year-old read through the book a couple of hours ago, and his comment was, "They really nailed the story of the Good Samaritan. Rats are a really good representation of the Samaritans."
He's right. Basically, this story involves a shrew heading off for town in his best outfit. He is ambushed by weasels (you can vaguely see that in the photo below), who take his money, his beautiful vest, and leave him half dead.
The church mice (Luther and Belfry, below) come by, but they are on their way to play rugby and even though they know they should help, they don't. A hedgehog comes by, but she's on the way to market to sell her scarves and quilts, so she only assures the unconscious shrew that someone will be along shortly before she heads off.
And then comes a rat. Even though it will make him late for a job interview, he stops, tends to the shrew, and carries him to Theo for further healing.
The story directly asks who was a good neighbor, and it directs you to Luke to read more.
We loved it.
The illustrations are cute. The text includes some big words, but is great for reading aloud (or stretching a young reader a bit!) Trina read it herself, fairly successfully. She needed some help! She loved the story, but she said I had to be sure to tell everyone that "I still don't like rats!"
I have a $10 appreciation certificate good at Family Christian to give away. That is almost enough to purchase this book, or you can get something else!
a Rafflecopter giveaway