“A Dog Called Naaman” is an easy chapter book. It’s great for precocious readers from about age 6 up to average readers around age 10. It’s also a great read-aloud for parents to read to kids of any age.
Have you ever read a Bible story and seen a lot of parallels in your own life? That’s just what happens to the book’s protagonist, Megan. She learns the story of Naaman in Sunday School, and wonders who she can help in the same way that Naaman’s servant girl helps him.
How does a dog tie in to all this? You’ll have to read it and find out :).
The dog on the cover is the adorable Ruby, who belongs to my talented piano students Eden and Paris. They got her from the shelter, where a breeder had abandoned her after she was done having puppies. Sorry, Ruby, that we had to change your name and gender for the book!
Playing cute “Megan” on the cover is daughter #3. Actually, all 3 daughters helped with cover design, modeling, and photography. I am grateful for their talents!
I enjoyed writing this book. I’ve noticed for a while now that many churches tend to teach fewer Bible stories than they did when I was growing up. Sure, kids know about Moses and Noah. But Naaman? Rhoda? You’ll get a lot of blank stares there.
I liked the idea of writing stories that kids would enjoy reading, while they could also learn about a more obscure Bible story that has a great lesson.
Do you know any Christian kids learning to read? I’d love for you to suggest “A Dog Called Naaman ” by Susan Barnett Braun to them. I think they’ll enjoy it — and it costs less than a kids’ meal at most restaurants!
Additionally, if any of you read and enjoy the book, I would be forever in your debt if you posted a review at Amazon, Goodreads, your blog, wherever. It really helps spread the word.