Oregon author, Lynne Byers begins her debut Critters Following Jesus series with Hummingbird, the story of a colorful little bird who’s attracted to the sound of a young girl’s humming while she gathers herbs on the outskirts of the city of Nazareth. The little hummer hears the steady buzzing of her own wings when she flies, yet the girl’s humming sound is a different melodious sound, “like a song.”
Intrigued and fascinated the little hummer “closes her eyes and listens to” the girl’s musical sound until she hears the young girl gasp. Hummer’s eyes fly open only to see a brilliant white light and hear the girl’s basket fall to the ground. Inside the light’s radiance stood a beautiful archangel who said, “I am Gabriel sent by God.” “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. You are going to have a baby boy. You shall name him Jesus.”
Thus begins the sweet story of Mary, Joseph and the archangel Gabriel’s visit from the author’s warmly described “critters” perspective. The familiar Bible story engages children with imaginative and colorful drawings of events as hummingbird follows Mary and Joseph’s journey until the Emperor Augustus orders a census and they travel to Bethlehem.
“Humming Bird” is the first in a series of eighteen proposed books told from the viewpoint of a “Donkey,” “Sheep,” “Kitten” “Camel” and “Ox.” With stories that “tell of Jesus’ walk on Earth” from each critters unique perspective. The small books are designed to teach as well as entertain children from ages two through seven. They are especially perfect for grandparents to read to grandchildren.
A free audio book download and coupon code are included with the book’s purchase. Once downloaded to your computer the audio book can be transferred to an audio CD, iPod or listened to on the computer for a “complete digital entertainment package.”
‘Critters Following Jesus: Book 1: Hummingbird,’ Lynne Byers, Tate Publishing, 2014, 32 Pages, Ages: 2-7 978-1631855207, $9.99
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‘Critters Following Jesus: Hummingbird,’ Book 1, Lynne Byers
Hummingbird sat in the sun on a small branch. She was watching a girl named Mary come up the hill to gather herbs. Hummingbird had seen Mary before with a man named Joseph talking about getting married. Suddenly a bright white light appeared. What was happening?
‘Critters Following Jesus: Donkey,’ Book 2, by Lynne Byers
Donkey is minding his own business, eating grass in the field, when Farmer asks him to carry a woman named Mary to Bethlehem. Along the way Donkey discovers who Mary and her husband Joseph are. It is a long ways to Bethlehem, but Donkey is very proud to be able to help them. Follow as Donkey finds out what the special blessing is that God has given to Mary and Joseph and the world.
‘Critters Following Jesus: Sheep,’ Book 3, by Lynne Byers
Sheep and Shepherd lived in the hills around Bethlehem. While watching the stars at night, they noticed one star growing larger and larger. When the star was at its brightest, something unique happened. Sheep was amazed by what he saw and wanted to see more. Follow the star with Sheep and Shepherd and find out for yourself what took place that special night.
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