New Children’s Book Employs Familiar Parable To Teach Effective Lessons

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Dr. Sheila R. Smart revives the story of the good Samaritan

The tale of the good Samaritan remains one of the cornerstones of the gospel of Luke, sharing a universal story of helping those in need. Dr. Sheila R. Smart brings to life an adapted version of this classic parable to inspire young readers to trust Jesus amid trials and to recognize that love can come from the unexpected.

Dr. Smart’s new children’s book “Willie the Curious Panda” knits together rhyming text with captivating artwork to follow Willie the panda and his escapades. The panda’s inescapable attraction to explore the outside world is fueled by the enticement from a bee. During his exploit, Willie encounters a string of events that put his curiosity to the ultimate test. He finds himself lost, cold, hungry and alone in the dark. The panda’s inner turmoil faded only when he learns significant life lessons from a little bird that teaches the importance of prayer and obedience.

“It is very difficult to curb the youthful interests of children, but inevitably their adventures can lead them into trouble,” Smart said.

This engaging, entertaining and adventurous work highlights the innate curiosity that young children have, and the dangers that this can create when they are left unsupervised. Central to the story of “Willie the Curious Panda” are: educating children that curiosity can sometimes lead to misfortune; pointing out the importance of finding strength in faith—relying on Jesus—amid chaos; and accepting the offer of love from those who are different from them. Smart also warns kids of potential negative influences that can impede judgement and remove them from the path of God.

Smart’s fresh take on the Good Samaritan tale will engage children and adults with lessons old and new. For more information, please visit

“Willie the Curious Panda”
By Sheila R. Smart
ISBN: 9781524587574 (hardcover) 9781524586034 (softcover) 9781524586041 (ebook)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Xlibris

About the author
Sheila R. Smart is the author of several inspirational books for adults and children. She has also made contributions to magazines, focusing on parenting and teen girls’ issues. Dr. Smart’s lifelong mission is to serve others, which includes her 30-year tenure as Director/Superintendent of several children’s ministries in the United States and abroad. Dr. Smart, on behalf of her home church in Charlotte, North Carolina, heads an outreach ministry that attends to the spiritual needs of the elderly. Her calling to reach and serve others has broadened to Asian and South American countries.

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