Bingo the Banjo Picking Bear by Jay Miller
Bingo, a young bear cub, goes fishing with his grandpa. His one wish is to have a banjo, so he can sing and dance for his grandfather. Bingo catches a little fish, who promises to grant him a wish if only he could be set free. Bingo closes his eyes, wishes for a banjo, and lets the fish go…
Of course, nothing happened. Fishes are not magicians or genies, after all.
And yet, years later, as Bingo is fishing in the ‘Sweet Hole’ he once fished with his grandpa, he catches a very large fish, who tells him that he has safely kept the wished-for banjo until he would meet the bear again. Bingo is so delighted that he lets the fish go, and starts a pickin’ and a strummin’ on his new instrument, making up little songs.
Jay Miller’s site: http://www.mybingobooks.com
The Donkey and the King is a story of love with Christian symbolism and allegory. A donkey named Baruch longs for an easier life beyond the stable. He dreams of a life with no heavy burdens and no one to tell him what to do.
After leaving the safety of the stable, the donkey becomes lost in the wilderness, but the King sends him a friend. With his new friend, a sheep, the donkey sets out on a journey that you won’t forget.
Each page is beautifully illustrated with the word “good” hidden in the artwork. Children will learn that everything works together for good to those who love the King. The Donkey and the King will warm your heart and fill you with God’s unconditional love.
Lorilyn Roberts’ site:http://lorilynroberts.com/