Book Review: The One O'Clock Miracle by Alison Mitchell
Publisher: The Good Book Company
Reading Level: Leisure
Pages: 32 pages
Illustrator Catalina Echeverri (one of our favorites!) caught our eye with The One O’Clock Miracle – a True Story About Trusting the Words of Jesus (henceforth The One O’Clock Miracle), both story and pictures lived up to the expectation. Telling a gospel story of healing, author Alison Mitchell simply but effectively highlights the miraculous power Jesus speaks into lives.
When a father hears that his son can be healed through Jesus’ miracles, he journeys off to bring Jesus home. Mitchell utilizes vividly active words to engage the reader, and keeps the story on level with repetitive phrases. Our children (ages 3 and 2) were able to comprehend the story the first time through, and anticipate events in subsequent readings. Additionally, visual clues provide little readers means to embrace both the story and its lesson of “Trusting the Words of Jesus.”
A story unto themselves, the drawings of The One O’Clock Miracle astound. Using detailed artwork Echeverri furthers the story without being overwhelming. Eager cries of “read this one!” can be heard, with multiple voices clamoring to recite the story alongside the descriptive pictures and actual text.
In conclusion, The One O’Clock Miracle does a great job fashioning a gospel miracle into a high quality children’s story relatable and memorable. We highly recommend it to any families looking to promote a love of learning!
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