Jonah's Whale

Jonah's Whale

Book - 2012
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A contented whale one day sees a ship tossed on the waves by a storm and obeys God's command to save a drowning man by swallowing him.
Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2012.
ISBN: 9780802853820
080285382X
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col.ill. ; 32 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ferri, Giuliano - Illustrator
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 153248.

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mmcbeth29
Dec 31, 2014

This is the story of Jonah and the Whale from the whale's perspective. The main character is simply called Whale. He lives with his family, eats and plays until the day of the storm when Jonah is thrown over board and God tells whale to swallow Jonah. Jonah is in Whale's belly for three days until God tells Whale to spit Jonah back onto dry land. The story does not talk about why Jonah was in the boat or why he was thrown over board (which is all very crucial information to this story).

This story is told in the most simplest way making it most appropriate for ages 3-6. Its lack of complexity makes it less interesting for the older children. This is a different approach to Bible story telling by talking from the whale's perspective. The only thing that drove me crazy was that by naming the whale Whale, it made it sound like baby talk: "God made Whale. God gave Whale a home..."

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Dec 31, 2014

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 6

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