Title: What Jesus Did: Adventures through the Bible with Caravan Bear and friends
Author: April Rowlands
Illustrator: Kay Widdowson
Publishers: Lion Hudson, Lion Children’s
Genres: Picture Book, Religious, Children’s,
Release Date: August 22nd 2020
Where To Buy: Amazon UK, Book Depository
Summary: Caravan Bear once again hitches up Hector the horse to the brightly painted gypsy-style caravan and, with Whitby the dog and Christopher Rabbit, set off in search of new adventures.
The travelling life of the caravan and its occupants provide the opportunity for Rabbit to share stories from the Bible with other animals they meet and they join Caravan Bear, Whitby and Hector in listening – and learning from – the stories. He is frequently interrupted by questions from his listeners, the kind of questions any child – or adult – might ask.
The real and often humorous events that happen to Rabbit and his friends are mirrored by the stories from the Bible enabling children to realise that the stories have relevance and meaning today.
The Animals’ Caravan has echoes of children’s classics such as Wind in the Willows and Alice in Wonderland, as the caravan travellers form a great friendship on their journey together. Rabbit also finds himself on a journey of faith as he and his new friends wrestle with some of the often difficult concepts in the bible, thereby gaining fresh insights and understanding of God’s loving involvement and care for the world.
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Lion Hudson for the e-arc copy to read and review.
Review: What a cute concept, with these animal friends on their travels, celebrating things, meeting new friends and even hearing sad news about thing in their friends lives.
Everywhere they went Jesus was with them in Christopher Rabbits bible. At the end of their fun, he would sit down with everyone gathered and share a story that connected to what was happening to them that day. I really love the thought that was put into which story was chosen.
Each story told came with interruptions but each one was vital to the story, they’d ask about God, or Jesus or the disciples or comment on what was going on with them. I really liked the addition of these questions, wanting to delve in deeper and showing they were thinking about the story. It’s something children themselves do when you share a story with them.
This book is a really great book for sharing the story of Jesus and God to children. They come with a fun animal adventure story and a great lesson to learn, all while being fun and teaching of all the greatness Jesus did.