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Pete & Pillar, the Big Rain: A Story of Friendship Based on John 15:13 [Hardcover]

By Jeffery Stoddard (Author)
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Item description for Pete & Pillar, the Big Rain: A Story of Friendship Based on John 15:13 by Jeffery Stoddard...

Pete (a mighty diesel truck) and PIllar (a bulldozer) were best friends...which may seem odd because everybody knows that haulers don't talk to diggers. But they didn't care what others thought. They were best friends anyway. As they worked side by side their friendship grew until one day it was tested in a big way.

When a major thunderstorm threatens to flood the village, Pete and Pillar realize something must be done - and fast! While Pillare is busily scooping bouders onto the bank to stop the flow of water, he looks up and finds Pete missing.

Wondering how is friend could leave him at such a critical time, Pillar follows Pete's muddy tracks in order to find him. He finally finds Pete, and Pete needs help! Now it was up to Pillar to save his best friend. Could he do it?

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A story of friendship based on John 15: 13 Pete (a mighty diesel truck) and Pillar (a bulldozer) were best friends...which may seem odd, because everybody knows haulers don't talk to diggers. But they didn't care what others thought. They were best friends anyway. As they worked side by side, their friendship grew until one day it was tested ina big way.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Warner Press
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.72" Width: 9.42" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.84 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2007
Publisher   Warner Press
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  6-10
ISBN  1593172036  
ISBN13  9781593172039  

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More About Jeffery Stoddard

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jeffery Stoddard has been writing and illustrating for over twenty years for ministries nationwide. His previous works include Pete and Pillar: The Big Rain (Warner Press), illustrations for The Garden Wall (Warner Press) and other projects for Focus on the Family. He and his wife, Keli, have three grown children and live in Colorado Springs. Stoddard's hope is that ragged copies of Skid and Pete and Pillar will still be on children's bookshelves in 20 years]]just like his copy of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.

Jeffery Stoddard currently resides in Colorado Springs.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Friendship > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Christianity > Ages 4-8
4Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Fiction > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Transportation > General

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Reviews - What do customers think about Pete & Pillar/The Big Rain?

Superb!  Feb 28, 2010
If you're having trouble finding Christian books for young boys, or if you simply want a picture book so good it could have been published by a mainstream publisher, Jeffery Stoddard's Pete & Pillar books are a great resource. In Pete & Pillar: The Big Rain, Stoddard tells the tale of two friends: Pete, a dump truck, and Pillar, a bulldozer, bearing in mind John 15:13: "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

Pete and Pillar are considered unlikely friends "because everybody knows haulers don't talk to diggers." But the guys love each other; they often hold belching contests to see who can let out the most dark fumes. They jump start each other when their batteries die. They even stratch themselves on purpose, leaving bits of their paint on each other. Still, other pieces of heavy equipment warn Pete against Pillar - and vice versa. One truck says to Pillar, "When you really need him, he'll be gone."

Then one day, it rains hard and long. All the machines hurry home so they don't end up rusted and parked behind the shed forever. But Pete realizes the river bank may soon cave in, flooding the town below. As he struggles to push rock and earth up to the bank, he glaces up to make sure Pillar is okay. But he is gone. Pete's heart sinks.

Finally, the water stops rising, an exhausted, sad Pillar climbs out of the river. Determined to have it out with Pete, Pillar follows his friend's muddy tracks up a mountain above the town. There, he finds a dam - and Pete's smoke stack sticking up out of the mud. "Pete had sacrificed himself to save his best friend and the town."

Enlisting the help of other pieces of heavy equipment, Pillar pulls Pete out from the mud and carries him home. All the haulers and diggers scrape the mud from Pete and Pillar stays with his friend all night as "he slowly came back to life."

"From that day on, diggers and haulers in that small town worked side by side as friends. And if you listen closely to diggers and haulers working in your town, you can hear them toot their horns to each other. Yup. They're talking about Pete and Pillar. Two best friends."

What I Like: Everything! This is a sweet tale focusing on heavy equipment - something both my 4 year old and 16 month old love. Stoddard's writing is tender, funny, and strong. His illustrations, in a sketchy but colorful style, bring his character's to life. This book is a favorite in our house.

What I Dislike: Nothing, really, although I wish the actual Bible verse inspiring this story was quoted. (Only the book, chapter, and verse number are printed in the book.)

Kristina Seleshanko
Christian Children's Book Review

Overall Rating: Excellent.
Love this book and want more  Oct 14, 2009
My son is really into trucks. I received this book as a giveaway at a bookstore and loved it when I read it. My son loved it then (1 1/2 years ago) and still loves it today. It is so great that I have been wanting the author to write more. I'm so excited because I see he has a new one out. I bought this book for my cousins and godsons who were around 5 last year for Christmas and I will be buying the new book this year for them and my son. I hope this author continues to write more!
a treasure  Aug 25, 2009
I agree with the previous reviewers....this book brings a tear to my eye every time I read it. Our children absolutely LOVE it, and it helps them grasp the concept of unconditional/sacrificial love. I 100% definitely recommend this book!
My son's favorite book  Jun 11, 2009
My son has had this book read to him since he was a baby. He is turning two now and still wants to have this book read to him, sometimes several times in a row! This book delivers a great message to kids as well as being entertaining. The drawings are so cute for kids too. Every time my son sees a bulldozer or a semi-truck he says "Pillar" or "Pete"!
No greater love than this...  Feb 26, 2009
How on earth could a book about a Dumptruck and a Bulldozer becoming friends move a man to tears? If you are a parent, reading Pete & Pillar to your kids may just make you weep (as it did to me and my wife.) It is a beautifully illustrated and timeless story about the power of friendship that should be counted among the picture book classics. We read it months ago and still talk about it today with the kids (6, 5, 3.)

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