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The Lost Child: A Folktale
by J. Janda
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0809166461, Paperback)What adult has not temporarily "lost" a child--whether in the mall or on a field trip? What child has never gotten lost? The universal experience will help both children and adults identify with Janda's warm retelling of the finding of Jesus in the temple. In this version, based on a Hispanic folktale, Jesus is just four years old, making his impressions of temple life much more vivid--and his parents' concern much more frantic.
The child soon recognizes that he is not really lost at all, as he is always safe within a loving God's hands. His trust in God is so complete he falls asleep in the temple. When Mary and Joseph finally find him, the priest says that there is wisdom even in his rest: the child sleeps when he is tired and leaves worry to God. In these simple words are profound lessons--that God is responsible for all, that worry is useless, and that we should abandon ourselves to loving Providence. Charming illustrations engage the reader and underscore the book's humanizing portrait of the Holy Family. Appropriate for all denominations, The Lost Child is a treasure for parents, grandparents, and gift-givers. It is perfect for home schools, parochial grade schools, Christian daycare centers, Sunday schools, and CCD classes. For ages 3 to 7.
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