Item description for Kat's Journey (English and Spanish Edition) by Walker Jim & Wendy Walker Deason...
Overview When his family accidentally leaves him in a strange town, Kat the dog must look for a new place to belong. As he travels from place to place, he receives gifts from those who have little but are willing to share with a "friend" in need. At the end of his journey, Kat not only finds a loving, new family, he then learns of the ultimate Gift of love-God's Son. Parents and children alike will delight to read this warmly illustrated bilingual book that reinforces the concepts of our love for each other and God's love for us
Publishers Description Lost? I cant be lost I want my family When his family accidentally leaves him in a strange town, Kat the dog must look for a new place to belong. As he travels from place to place, he receives gifts from those who have little but are willing to share with a friend in need. At the end of his journey, Kat not only finds a loving new family, he then learns of the ultimate Gift of loveGods Son. Parents and children alike will delight to read this warmly illustrated bilingual book that reinforces the concepts of our love for each other and Gods love for us.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Kat's Journey (English and Spanish Edition)?
Great book! Jul 9, 2008
This book is great, not only for the spanish/english value for kids, but the whole point of the story is about being lost and knowing that God is there and has been the whole time. It's a great book to teach children and really all ages about God's love.
We were lucky enough to have this book when we went on a mission trip to Guatemala and we utilized them as guides to help the children learn some english, us some spanish, and all of us about God. Great stories came from the kids about how God had found them and loved them. I highly recommend this book, especially if you are looking for a bible study tool for missions with children.
A Wonderful Gift for Many Situations Feb 25, 2008
This story is a delight. Kat's travels tug at the heart and provide a joyous ending. His storey puts Christianity into everyday situations that children will understand. The illustrations are so captivating; Probably my favorite part of the book. Preteens can read for themselves, while Kat's situations hold the attention of younger children. I like the bilingual format and I like having both versions on a single page. In addition to purchasing for a child, I've been pleased to give Kat's Journey as new grandmom gifts, as a "thank you" to church staff to be put in their church libraries and, of course, as new baby gifts. I am truly enjoying reading and sharing this loving, fun, Christian book.
A Great Book to Buy for Kids! Jan 18, 2008
When I first got this book, I had to look at all the illustrations before I could even read the story! They are so pretty, and the cute little dog is such a great children's book character.
The Spanish translation is a wonderful idea, especially for kids. My friend went on a mission trip to Mexico this past year, and her group was able to take copies of this book and give them to children there!
The story is really great, too. It is written in a simple way for children to understand and even read themselves. Children could also pick up a little Spanish vocabulary while they read. Kat's Journey is entertaining, and the message teaches life lessons along the way. I would buy more books like this for my kids.
I wanted to like this book, but ... Dec 16, 2007
This picture book follows a dog in his search for a new home. The story opens with him outside an old country store. "I'm lost!" He runs into a bigger, not-so-friendly dog, then follows his nose to a cookout where he meets a young girl. The dog's journey continues to school, then a homeless shelter and finally a nice man's home. At each stop, the dog hears a little bit about Jesus. It seems he and Jesus have much in common -- they both slept on hay in a barn when no one would give them a place to stay. Finally, when the dog is welcomed into a home, he witnesses Christmas morning. His new family reads from the Bible and opens presents. It is then that Kat (as the dog has been named) figures out what Christmas really is. "It is about God loving people so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to be the Savior of the whole world."
A major feature of this book is its bilingual nature. Each page offers the story in English (at the top of the page) and in Spanish (at the bottom of the page). The back of the book gives the plan of salvation with Scriptural supports (in KJV).
What I Like: I like that the story is told from the dog's perspective. The author does a good job speculating what an animal would feel during this journey. The author's love of his dog is obvious! This book clearly states what Christmas really is -- more so than many children's books. I like the "ABC's of Salvation" offered at the back.
What I Dislike: The dog never looks for his first family. We see them drive off in their car, but nothing is ever mentioned about them. That bothers me. The bilingual feature is unique, but I think it would be more effective if presented differently -- maybe have an upside-down/turn-around format with one language starting from the back cover. The biggest problem, though, is this book tries to cover too much. I was just as lost as the dog. I had to read it twice before catching the point. It's a long book (64 pages) filled with distracting details. A nice story, but the writing doesn't do it justice. With some good editing, this could be much better; perhaps a series of smaller, more focused books rather than one big one. Also, the illustrations are not very inviting. They have a lot of color, but are not in a kid-friendly style.