Parable Treasury by Liz Curtis Higgs

Illustrator: Nancy Munger
Category: children's fictionChristian fiction
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
Release Date:  October 13, 2015
Recommended Age:  4 - 7
My Rating:  2 Stars

Book Description:

Bestselling favorite Parable books bring fun throughout the year in this new four books in one format.

With more than 1.1 million units sold in the Parable Series, Liz Curtis Higgs has given parents and kids alike beloved parables they can read throughout the year. This adorable compilation, Parable Treasury, allows families to get all their favorite stories in one value-packed book.

For nearly twenty years, Liz Curtis Higgs has made the holidays a little brighter throughout the year with her Parable Series. In a lovely padded hardcover format, the Gold Medallion–winning books from the Parable Series will include:

  • The Pumpkin Patch Parable,which focuses on the harvest season and shows that we can let God’s love shine through us
  • The Pine Tree Parable,a heartwarming tale of the farmer and his family, who nurture tiny seedlings into fragrant Christmas trees
  • The Parable of the Lily, which helps children understand the power of grace and forgiveness and the true meaning of Easter
  • The Sunflower Parable, which helps children discover the value of planting seeds, not only in the ground but also in the hearts of those around us

With simplicity and creative storytelling, this is sure to be a family favorite.

My Painful Lesson:

I am so grateful that God is forgiving when I do or say stupid things.  Things that are not fully thought through.  Inerrant things.  That is what I had done in this review...I had given approval to a book which didn't earn it due to its use of scripture out of context.

Awhile after I published my review I read Tiffany Malloy's review at Learning to Love.  Ouch....shame shame shame on me.  I didn't take the time to delve into the scriptures and verify that they were used in context. I just read it to my kids, discussed it in relation to the scripture at the bottom of the page, and went with my general perception.  That is dangerous, misleading, and just plain not what I wish to be advocating on my site.  I'm sorry that I let you down when it came to recommending this book.

Words of wisdom from Malloy:

Each of the stories includes verses of Scripture at the bottom, connecting each part of the story to a Scripture verse. While some of the verses work, others are a stretch. I get nervous about using Scripture in this way– pulling it out of context and relating it to something that is completely unrelated. For example, in the Pine Tree Parable, the text on the page says, “The next holiday season brought more neighbors to the farm. The perfect tree was taller than ever.” The Scripture at the bottom? “So the tree was taller than all the other trees in the field. Ezekiel 31:5” Do you know what happens just 5 verses later of that chapter? The wicked tree gets handed over to the enemies for its wickedness and pride, and the foreign nations cuts it down. Whoops! Pretty sure the editors should have thought that one through a little better.

I originally gave this book a 4 star rating.  I have demoted it to 2 stars.  Go and read Malloy's full review.  It is what I wished I would have done in the beginning.

Review:

The padded hardcover edition of Parable Treasury is a joy to look at. It is beautiful. The stories are sweet and they are illustrated with joyful, colorful, beautiful photos. The typeset is large allowing young readers the joy of reading it to you.

The publisher recommends these stories for children ages three to five or three to seven years old depending on the site you are referencing. We all know that those age ranges are flexible. My tests subjects were above the recommended age and so unsurprisingly Parable Treasury didn’t captivate them. My nine-year old is a relatively thoughtful and patient soul though and so he willingly answered my questions that the book naturally brought forward about God; a very positive platform to begin deeper discussions with your child.

There is great value in reading this book with your children, even if they are squiggly like my six-year old or just being patient and loving like my nine-year old. Scripture is written throughout the book showing the biblical basis for the story, allowing you to delve deeper into the story behind the story.  The age-old, unchanging, life-giving story. Parable Treasury is a good Christian family story.

I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher.

Liz Curtis Higgs

Liz Curtis Higgs

Liz Curtis Higgs admits, "My goal is simple: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon!" 

"I have three abiding passions: encouraging my sisters in Christ, exploring the stories of women in the Bible, and writing novels set in Scotland of old. When I'm not traveling, speaking, or spinning a story, I connect with readers online, take copious photos, read historical novels, watch period films, and immerse myself in research--the more books, the merrier. I'm a lame housekeeper, a marginal cook, and a mediocre gardener, but home is still my favorite place to land."


Nancy Munger

Nancy Munger

NANCY MUNGER is an illustrator and graduate of Art Center College of Design. Her work is featured in over forty children's books, including Zondervan's bestselling NIV Adventure Bible. She is a recipient of Addy Awards and was nominated for a Grammy Award.