by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso – Westminster John Knox Press
“One sheep makes a difference. Without her something is missing. Now my flock is complete.”
Oh, no! The man is missing his sheep! The woman is missing her coin! The father is missing his son! Can you help them find what they are looking for?
Who Counts? is a creative retelling of three of Jesus’ most popular parables: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. As young readers count to help the characters find what’s missing, Who Counts? teaches that every one of us counts in God’s eyes and that everyone should feel counted.
The stories are beautifully illustrated with modern-day characters and a diversity of ethnicities so that all children will be able to see themselves in the stories. Ideal for children ages 4- 8. Includes a note for parents and teachers.
Who Counts? is featured on the Junior Library Guild Fall 2017 list.
“Levine and Sasso present contemporary retellings of the three biblical parables with numerical themes: the good shepherd, lost coin, and prodigal son….All three stories are true to their biblical roots, but Meganck’s handsome paintings of diverse characters and present-day settings may help readers find greater connections to their messages about value, faithfulness, and appreciation.” —Publishers Weekly
“Three well-known parables from the New Testament Gospel of Luke come together in a remarkable way in Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons, by biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.” —Foreword Reviews
“An unusual and creative interpretation of the three parables, offering the satisfying conclusion that each person (or sheep or coin) matters and should be counted.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Levine and Sasso’s simple prose, set alongside Margaux Meganck’s culturally-sensitive illustrations, creates an expansive vision in which everybody counts.” —The Christian Century