Harmony Hill by Laurie Brown, Illustrated by Megan Corley
Brown, Laurie. Illustrated by Megan Corley. Harmony Hill. Self-published. 46 pp. $13.50. Purchase direct from the author at email@example.com. She will also include the free lesson plans for the book.
Laurie Brown teaches children in Sunday School teacher in the local church. She has a knack for engaging the children and teaching and introducing them to deep theological truths. Her love for children is evident there and in the publishing of Harmony Hill.
Megan Corley, her daughter, offers beautiful pencil sketches to illustrate this story.
All the animals living on Harmony Hill are peaceful though sometimes skeptical and rash. When Ubel, the wolf, sets to take over Harmony Hill for his own purposes, he enlists Guilery the fox to be his aid in accomplishing his dastardly deed. Will they leave Harmony Hill for good or will they turn to Paraclet the eagle for help?
Written as an allegory, this is a children’s work with layers and layers of meaning. There is a lesson-plan available that will help Sunday School teachers and homeschoolers incorporate this little work into the child’s learning curriculum.
The child will quickly come to identify with many of the animals and want to help them in their confusion. In the end, they will realize that only Paraclet can help the animals and, in real life, them.
The pencil sketches are an aid and not a hindrance to the story as the child will better be able to picture the animals and places therein.
This is what I love about this website–finding golden nuggets that would otherwise never be known. I recommend this little book to all parents with small children and all Sunday School teachers who teach the younger elementary aged children. The story is wonderfully told and the reusable lesson plans will prove to be a great conversation starter for the most important discussion one can ever have with a child.