Children's Book Review: Parable Treasury by Liz Curtis Higgs

When reading the Bible, you'll find many parables throughout. I've personally always been fond of reading these, especially since they are typically paralleled to everyday life. Parables can be especially helpful in teaching young children values and a multitude of life lessons. I recently had the opportunity to read Parable Treasury, a children's book that offers a sweet collection of stories and parables.

Bestselling favorite Parable books bring fun throughout the year in this new four books in one format. With more than 1.1 million units sold in the Parable Series, Liz Curtis Higgs has given parents and kids alike beloved parables they can read throughout the year. This adorable compilation, Parable Treasury, allows families to get all their favorite stories in one value-packed book. For nearly twenty years, Liz Curtis Higgs has made the holidays a little brighter throughout the year with her Parable Series. In a lovely padded hardcover format, the Gold Medallion–winning books from the Parable Series will include:
  • The Pumpkin Patch Parable,which focuses on the harvest season and shows that we can let God’s love shine through us
  • The Pine Tree Parable,a heartwarming tale of the farmer and his family, who nurture tiny seedlings into fragrant Christmas trees
  • The Parable of the Lily, which helps children understand the power of grace and forgiveness and the true meaning of Easter
  • The Sunflower Parable, which helps children discover the value of planting seeds, not only in the ground but also in the hearts of those around us
  • With simplicity and creative storytelling, this is sure to be a family favorite.

Liz Curtis Higgs is an award-winning speaker as well as the author of twenty-eight books, including Bad Girls of the Bible and Thorn in My Heart. Her Parable Series for children has been awarded the ECPA Gold Medallion for Excellence.

Liz Curtis Higgs had originally wrote four separate books in her Parable Series. Parable Treasury is actually a collection of those four books all combined into one. All four stories in this book focus around a farmer and his family with each one taking place in a different season (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn). Throughout each story in the book, you'll also find various scripture verses that offer a connection in some way.

When I received this book, I immediately started reading The Pumpkin Patch Parable to my son. Since we are currently in the Autumn season, I thought it would be fitting. This story actually has many lessons. As the farmer waits for his pumpkins to grow, we learn about patience and how God made pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, just as he did with us. It then goes on to compare the cleaning of the pumpkin, outside and in, to us as we grow in our faith and are cleansed from inequities.

If anyone belongs to Christ, then he is made new. The old things have gone; everything is made new! 2 Corinthians 5:17

The illustrations are sweet and full of vibrant colors. The stories are told in a way that children will enjoy. Each one offers a valuable learning experience for little ones as they see the comparison between the story characters and biblical scripture on the bottom of the pages.

I really enjoyed this book and the lessons that were taught throughout. All four of the stories included are wholesome, heartfelt, and offer a wonderful learning experience for children. I know that Parable Treasury will be a favorite in our family for many years to come.