The Greatest Blessings

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The Greatest Blessings
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Lampglow Books
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Published Date
August 01, 2014
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978-0-578-13143-6
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Parents, Teachers, Sitters and Storytellers:

Discover the illustrated children's chapter book that the prestigious Midwest Book Review calls "unforgettable," the popular Reading Frenzy book review says "should be next on your child's reading (or listening) list," and has kids everywhere asking one another ...

Fame, Fortune or Power: Which would YOU choose if you could have only one?

Lords and brothers Fame, Fortune and Power decide how well all people will fare in life in the namesake realms of human desire they control. When they deem a woeful babe abandoned in a barn unworthy of any of their favours, the child grows up the lackey of a cruel farmer and his tormenting spoiled children. When he is old enough Boy, for that is the name used for him, runs away with the only friends he has ever known—the equally abused and unnamed Sheep, Cow and Horse—to seek a better life.

Years later, a quarrel among Fame, Fortune and Power over whose blessing is the greatest sends them, and their court jester Nobody, on a quest to find an unsullied party to settle their dispute. Boy seems the perfect candidate, but his unconventional views on what is valuable in life incite the lords and bring him to the brink of doom. Will he live? What happens to the lords? And is Boy right or does one of the lords’ blessings outshine the others? The future of mankind depends on the answer.

FLASH, May 1: The prestigious Midwest Book Review calls The Greatest Blessings "unforgettable"!

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The Greatest Blessings
Mark Isaacs, author
Jim Balkovek, illustrator
www.balkovek.net
Lampglow Books
9780578131436 $16.00
www.thegreatestblessings.com

Author and educator Mark Isaacs presents The Greatest Blessings, an illustrated parable in the style of classic fairy tales. Brothers and lords Fame, Fortune, and Power dispense their blessings over people everywhere, but when they spurn a homely babe the infant grows up unknown, impoverished and a slave to his greedy foster father. Boy (his cruel foster father gave him no other name) escapes to freedom with his only friends—Sheep, Cow, and Horse—in search of a better life. When Fame, Fortune, and Power quarrel over whose blessing is the greatest, they and their court jester Nobody search out Boy for an impartial judgment. However, Boy has his own views about what life's greatest blessings truly are! Timeless wisdom, eye-for-an-eye justice (the evil foster father is eaten by slavering wolves), and vivid color illustrations distinguish this unforgettable, allegorical children's chapter book.

FLASH, July 2: The Reading Frenzy Book Review gives The Greatest Blessings 5 (out of 5) stars!

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The Greatest Blessings is Fantastic!
“A morality tale in the timeless form of a classic fairy tale, children will delight in the story and learn all-important life lessons as they do. If you're a parent, this gem should be next on your child's reading list!”

FLASH, Sept. 25: The highly selective library vendor Quality Books Inc. picks up The Greatest Blessings for nationwide representation!

FLASH, Nov. 11: The Greatest Blessings cracks the top 10 in Kindle Arthurian-themed children's titles!

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The Greatest Blessings

Author Mark Isaacs has written a story that should be read by every young person between the ages of 6 and 16. We are bombarded every day with advertisements, news stories, television reality shows, TV series and movies that glorify and idolize the accumulation of wealth, fame and power. We turn goofballs into heroes, when all they are are goofballs.

In Isaacs' fascinating story, a poor farmer named Boy is given the opportunity to choose riches, power or fame and the gods who offer these "gifts" naturally assume that he will jump at the chance. But Boy makes a surprising decision that is so inspirational. I really enjoyed the writing and the illustrations are gorgeous. Kudos to Isaacs for creating a spellbinding classic fable with a vital modern message.

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