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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Crippled Lamb


The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado, Illustrated by Liz Bonham, 1994.

This is a sweet story to read your children at Christmas time. Strange as it may sound, it's very similar to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

The little lamb in the story is named Joshua. He is crippled and can't do what all of the other lambs do. Just like Rudolph is "different" with his red nose. He isn't like all of the other reindeer and feels left out.

Abigail is the cow that befriends Joshua in The Crippled Lamb. She tells Joshua "God has a special place for those who feel left out." He enters the stable where Jesus is born and helps to warm the baby Jesus. This is similar to Rudolph assisting Santa Claus lighting the way for his sleigh.

Each story, The Crippled Lamb and Rudolph, can help teach your child compassion for those who are different and also that God has a plan for each of us no matter who we are and how we may be different from others.

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