Book of the Month – April 2024

Whistlestop Tales –Krish Kandiah, Miriam Kandiah

Get ready to laugh, cry, gape and wonder your way through the stories contained within the Whistlestop Tales books. There are two books to choose from: 'Around the World in 10 Bible Stories' and 'Around the Bible with 10 Extraordinary Children' and both are superbly written and hilariously illustrated. They are now available in paperback and currently on offer at Eden.co.uk

I'll focus in on the newest book - 'Around the Bible with 10 Extraordinary Children'. The ten stories cover a wide range of Old and New Testament bible stories, exploring the more unusual escapades of well known bible characters, such as Jacob and Moses, as well as bringing lesser read characters such as Mephibosheth and Ehud into the limelight. Rahab, Martha, Zacchaeus, the Samaritan woman, Paul and, of course, Jesus are also featured.

There’s a brief story of a child in today’s world facing a challenge, obstacle or struggle to introduce each bible tale. These are sensitively but honestly written and I love the way they are linked to and even teamed up with the bible character: “We wish Sadie could meet Jacob”, “I would love Molly to meet Zac.” A brilliant opportunity to get your imagination warmed up and ready to be let loose on each highly descriptive narrative.

Many thought provoking themes are explored through the tales such as belonging, overcoming, forgiveness, kindness and much more. There is an overarching message that, no matter our differences and struggles, each one of us is never forgotten but deeply valued by a loving God.

An exhilarating read for ages 7-12: Be inspired by the real, honest lives of others and learn that your own life story can be an inspiration too…

“I understand,” Jesus said (to the Samaritan girl). “Nobody else needs to know your name. But I will never forget it. I will secretly write in on the palm of my hand until the day we meet again.”

Whistlestop Tales Around the Bible with 10 Extraordinary Children by Krish and Miriam Kandiah page 140

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