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Jeremy Vole

by Stephen R. Lawhead
Series: Riverbank Stories #1
107 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Nienna

Very good children's story with excellent morals.

Plot

Jeremy is a very quiet vole who likes nothing better than staying quietly in his snug home on the bank of the canal. During his early morning swim one day, Jeremy bumps into the legendary Great Blue Heron, who commissions him to warn the Riverbank about the terrible flood about to hit them. All Jeremy wants to do is hide in his safe little hole, but he knows that the lives of the other animals depend on him.

Morality

Excellent. Many of the animals are selfish and treat Jeremy very badly, but in contrast to this is Jeremy's earnest desire to do right, almost sacrificing his life in the effort to save them. Many of the animals later apologize for how they treated him, and they try to make restitution.

Spiritual Content

Jeremy's mission was based on the word of the Great Blue Heron, whom many of the animals think is a myth. The Great Blue Heron says that he doesn't believe in accidents.

Violence

Jeremy gets bruised up a bit by a few of the other animals. He is nearly run over by a car and comes close to drowning. Everyone's eggs, nests, and homes are washed away in the flood.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

A truly delightful and inspiring story, The Tale of Jeremy Vole is a worthy read for any family. The descriptions and various animal characters are clear and well-written. With Jeremy as the unlikely hero, readers are swept into the story of self-sacrifice and determination in the face of impossible odds. The pen-and-ink illustrations add to its charm.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 5-7

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