Frog’s Rainy-Day Story and Other Fables

Reviewed by:

G. Connor Salter, Professional Writing alumnus from Taylor University, Upland, IN.


written by Michael James Dowling, illustrated by Sarah Buell Dowling


Carpenter’s Son Publishing

Publication Date:

October 1, 2019




72 pages


Husband and wife team Michael and Sarah Dowling present a series of eight fables, each featuring talking animals (from frogs to hens to rabbits). Some of these talking animals need to change their ways, others strive to teach others around them something important. In every case, the story ends with a phrase that sums up the fable’s moral and a page showing “Wisdom of the World” (quotes by as opposed to “Wisdom of the Word” (relevant Bible verses).

Many people write stories about talking animals, but it takes a certain touch to make animal characters that stand out from the pack. On top of that, it’s hard to write fables that really make the moral message shine through while also having compelling characters. This book’s creators hit both targets very successfully. Sarah Buell Dowling’s painted illustrations are a particular treat to behold. A rare book of fables that relates good teachings without becoming overly didactic.


Rating (1 to 5 stars)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

Christian parents with children ages 4 to 8. 

Christian Impact

Children and parents will equally benefit from each fable’s lesson and the way each lesson contrasts between worldly and Biblical ideas.

Frog's Rainy-day Story and Other Fables

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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