Smoothie Rock-A-Teller..By: Dr. Gerald Mittmann, Gregory Cannone (Illustrator)
- Reading level: Ages 4-8
- Hardcover: 60 pages
- Publisher: Fish Pond Kids (September 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935265784
- ISBN-13: 978-1935265788
This is a unique way to teach children the story of David and a whopper of a giant named Goliath! A little rock named Smoothie who lives in a creek wants God to have a purpose for him. As he lays in his creek, he hears the whopper Goliath saying bad things about God and it sounds like maybe a fight will start because of what he hears on each side of his creek. Then David comes along looking for just the right rock to to a job God has for him and suddenly Smoothie realizes the purpose God has for both Smoothie and David.
This is an adorable book inside and out! At first I thought it was kind of ‘busy’ inside, but as I read and looked at the illustrations, I realized that this is just what young reader’s need! Since it is several chapters, it would be a wonderful Bible study for Ages 4 thru 8. The book is well laid out and I love the colors and awesome illustrations. The pictures make the story a lot of fun, and give readers a better understanding of what they are reading.
Run out and buy a copy of this great book for your child’s library!
I rec’d this book from the publisher through Bring It On Communications to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine alone.
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About the Author and Illustrator:
Rock-A-Teller author Gerald Mittmann has worked with children in ministry since 1978, organizing and directing children’s Bible camps, Sunday children’s sermons, Awana clubs, and speaking at mid week elementary Christian school chapels. He graduated from Talbot Theological Seminary in 1986 with a Master of Divinity degree in Bible exposition, and then went on to receive his Doctor of Ministry degree from Talbot/Biola University in 2005. He has been a pastor to families and children in three evangelical churches, and has led several biblical drama teams to the mission fields of Mexico, Honduras, and Africa’s Congo (DRC) to act out biblical plays which he wrote.
Illustrator Gregory Cannone received a BFA in Studio Art from Rutgers University. From his work with Jim Henson and the Muppets, to designing the unexpected for Nickelodeon, Gregory has been immersed in the world of children’s product design and entertainment since 1984 as a Toy Designer and Inventor. In addition to creating a multitude of hit toys for the major toy companies, Gregory has been passionate about teaching with a focus on Early Childhood Education. Dubbed “The Preschool Whisperer” because of his unique skills inspiring young children, Gregory has served as a collaborator with the author Gerald Mittmann ministering to children for the past 11 years using some very unique ways of teaching. From a time machine that materializes living Bible characters to a 20 foot high volcano that shoots “lava balls” containing biblical questions, the team strive to make learning God’s Word fun!
The Rock-A-Teller devotional series for children consists of nine books, each featuring a different rock that is easily found in Scripture. Each rock communicates God’s truth from their point of view. Now rocks don’t walk, and rocks don’t talk, but roc-a-dilly-do! Jesus said they would praise Him if man failed to do so (Luke 19:40). The Rock-A-Tellers just couldn’t wait any longer to speak out:
1. Smoothie Rock-A-Teller On The Whopper-Stopper
The story of David and Goliath (1 Sam. 17:1-50).
2. Rockie Rock-A-Teller On Preparing for the Loudy-
Cloudy-Typhooner-Kaboomer (With a special report
from the Dinky-Tellers)
Jesus’ parable of the two builders and two foundations
(Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49).
3. Rollie Rock-A-Teller On God’s Great Deeper-
Story of the resurrection of Jesus (Harmony of the four
4. Pearlie Rock-A-Teller On The Ever-After-Crystal-
Cloud-City (A Dinky-Teller makes it to the top)
The New Jerusalem and the gates of heaven (Rev. 21-22).
5. Tablee and Cleftee Rock-A-Teller On The Shiny-
Story of Moses, the Ten Commandments, and being
covered in the cleft of the rock (Exodus 33-34).
6. Denny Rock-A-Teller on A Knee-Worker, A Royal-
Boss-About, and The Scratch-A-Roars
Story of Daniel and the lion’s den (Daniel 6).
7. The Heapies, A Rock-A-Teller Clan on The Water-
Story of Israel crossing the Jordan River (Joshua 3-4).
8. The Toastie-Tellers On The Zapper-Lapper-Fireball
Story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel
(1 Kings 17-18).
9. Promotee Rock-A-Teller On The Everlasting-Word-
Story of Job’s Redeemer proclamation (Job 19;23-26).