The Parable Of The Lily

by Liz Curtis Higgs

Other authorsNancy Munger (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1997


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E Hi


Thomas Nelson Publishers (1997), Edition: 1St Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages


A farmer's daughter receives a mysterious gift which she neglects and then discards, only to find out on Easter morning how special it is. Bible verses link the story to the life of Jesus.

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LibraryThing member tshrum06
This is a good example of realistic fiction. It is set in present day and the plot line is something that a child would be able to imagine themselves in. And if not in that same situation, they can probably identify with how the daughter was feeling throughout the story- excitement to get a
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present, disappointment to not get what she expected, guilt when she realized she had accepted it poorly, etc.
The theme throughout this book is probably expectations and thankfulness. The author does a really good job of highlighting those throughout the story, mainly in the daughter. She had high expectations and let them get dashed when she didn't get a toy, but had she kept having high expectations she would have taken better care of her plant, etc. And also just that she wasn't thankful, but that she should have been, regardless.
Age Appropriateness: Primary
Media: Charcoal, chalk, ink
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LibraryThing member mvanemmerik
This book is a good example of realistic fiction because it contains real life events such as planting a lily, but is a fictitious story
This story is told in third story omniscient because the author knows the inner thoughts of all characters in the story
Art Media: watercolor
LibraryThing member countrylife
This is a sweet story about a special gift that a young girl receives and discards, only to find out its true worth and beauty on Easter morning.
LibraryThing member speedcourtney
Summary: A girl receives a mysterious gift: a bulb with instructions for its care. She isn't very happy about the gift, so she doesn't really try very hard to care for it. Most often she forgets about it, and one day she accidentally knocks it off the shelf and thinks she's ruined it, so she throws
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it outside in her anger. She forgets all about it until Easter morning when she goes outside and finds a beautiful lily in full bloom and knows that it came from her bulb. She realizes that it was from her father all along. At first she's excited, but then she's ashamed and sad because she'd neglected and thrown away the gift, which must have hurt him. He asks for her forgiveness, and he does, because that's what Easter is about. There are Bible verses mirroring what's taking place at each point in the story.
Genre Critique: This is an example of realistic fiction because though the events are not true to something that actually took place and the characters are not real life people, they are all things that could indeed happen and people that could exist.
Theme: This is a parable, so it has a very clear moral to the story, which I found to be the need for repentance and forgiveness. Because this is a parable that is paralleling the actual Biblical story of Christ's death and resurrection, I feel that it is alright that the theme is pretty obvious and not left up for much interpretation.
Media: Oil Paint and Water Colo
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LibraryThing member Rebecalynn
This book is about a gift that a young girl was given that she did not quite understand. Her father had given her a gift that would take some time to show itself.


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32 p.; 8.38 inches


0785272313 / 9780785272311


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