New Children’s Book Employs Familiar Parable to Teach Effective Lesson

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Author Linda Derby revives the story of the good Samaritan

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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. Author Linda Derby brings to life an adapted version of this classic parable to inspire young readers to recognize that help can come from the unexpected in “Most Unusual Friends: From Farmer Pete’s Pond”

“Most Unusual Friends” chronicles the adventures of three pond animals: Don’t Touch Froggy, Eek the Snake and the hearing-impaired salamander, Sal the Man-Deer. Derby provides a modern twist on a popular Christian parable: The Good Samaritan. Farmer Pete is about to burn down his cornfield where Eek is sleeping in the scarecrow’s pocket. Froggy and Sal receive unexcepted help from a group of nearby toads and rescue Eek just in time.

The book sheds light on the importance of human kindness and urges young readers to show compassion, seek God’s truth and be kind to others. Full of colorful illustrations, “Most Unusual Friends” blends a classic parable with a modern-day twist.

“I loved teaching my grandchildren stories that had Biblical undertones. Stories that would entertain and educate with life-long lessons,” Derby said. “This particular story uses a familiar Bible parable as a reference. This fresh take on the Good Samaritan parable will engage children and adults with lessons old and new.”

“Most Unusual Friends: From Father Pete’s Pond”
By Linda Derby
ISBN: 9781512779974 (softcover) 9781512779981 (ebook)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Westbow Press

About the author
Linda Derby is an R.N. with a master’s degree in Administrative Leadership. She is the mother of three, grandmother of eight, and great grandmother of one. Linda has spent 25 years in children and adult ministries teaching Bible and Biblical principles through drama and storytelling. She has also spent 25 years in contact evangelism to diverse people groups in the United States. She is a published author of Christian books and articles; she enjoys writing Christian historical plays for production. Linda delights in teaching her grandchildren Bible lessons through storytelling and has found a theme venue that holds the attention of her most intimate critics. Linda and her husband Dale live in Owasso, Oklahoma, and are active members of the Rejoice Church.

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