One Noble Journey is written by Dixie Phillips and illustrated by Kim Sponaugle. This 16-page Christian kids' book has a suggested audience of 3-10. You can download a pdf of One Noble Journey for $5.00, or purchase a printed copy for $9.95.
Here's what the publisher has to say about the book:
" Two cultures collide in the tiny village of Westbury. The orphan from the lowlands and the Count's daughter from the highlands and a baby raccoon will entertain the hearts of all and is guaranteed to shape small souls."
Here's what I've got to say about the book!
- This is MY book! And Daddy's book.
- I like the little girls.
- The raccoon is cute. His name is The Raccoon. It's NOT Bandit. He takes things. He gets in trouble for taking things.
- An orphan is when you have no mommy or daddy. I am not an orphan.
- It's thunder and lightning. It's scary.
- Journey found her friend.
- They see a sun!
- They are happy at the end.
This is a sweet story about the friendship between a rich girl and a poor girl, and how the rich girl's father, is transformed in his opinion of little orphan Journey when he realizes she is not a thief, but rather a girl who will risk her own safety to help her friend. Journey's forgiveness of the Count is a lovely lesson that we all can learn from.
The cross is featured prominently as well, with the points that "the ground is level at the foot of the cross" and "the cross always helps us find our way home." These lessons are perhaps a little advanced for the younger readers, but they certainly stick with me!
For an example of Kim Sponaugle's whimsical/sweet/fun illustrations, which did a great job of keeping Esmé's attention, visit her blog, Picture Kitchen Studio. Author Dixie Phillips' blog is From the Heart of Dixie, and you can read more about the ministry she shares with her husband in Floyd, Iowa, at Floyd's Lighthouse.
If you'd like more information on the book, here's a book trailer...
Thanks to Pump Up Your Book! for the review copy of this book.