Picture Books

Read-aloud stories of faith, hope, and love, with stunning illustrations sure to captivate readers of all ages.

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The Twenty-First Pony

Young Starlight spends her days beating the dust out of blankets, caring for her family’s ponies, and helping her mother pound grain for the tribe’s meals. But the evenings are a delightful reward when she gathers with her people to listen to Laughing Bird’s stories. Among the wonderful tales is Starlight’s favorite: the story of the Twenty-First Pony.

Transporting readers to the starkly beautiful North American plains, author Sandra Byrd and illustrator Alyssa Mehlhorn weave universal storytelling traditions and captivating paintings with solid biblical truth to create an unforgettable allegory of God’s immense love through the sacrifice one brave makes for his chosen bride.

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The Twenty-First Pony certainly points to how great the Father’s love for us is. Moreover, it brings that love within the power of our own wielding: “Love one another.” This extravagant love, this costly love is ours to bestow upon each other as the Father has bestowed it upon us, in His Son. The mystery of living with the simplicity of focus is refreshing, and the Native setting pares away everything unnecessary, leaving one with a warm clarity of purpose.
~ Howie Picard, MA Exegetical Theology, of Cayuse descent

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“As a Christian of Native American decent, I found this to be a wonderful story bringing both worlds together to show the love of Christ. This book is an incredible way to convey just how much Jesus loves us. The illustrations are beautiful. The story is heartwarming.”
– Cherie Kidd-Lovely, Nez Perce and Cherokee

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Harvest Moon

Little Turtle yearns to be a respected brave, not a papoose who picks roots and berries with the women. But when his father leaves with the hunting party, Turtle must stay behind. Laughing Bird finds him, angry and crying in the fields, and shares a special, secret story that leads him toward an unexpected adventure… and a change of heart.

Transporting readers to the starkly beautiful North American plains, author Sandra Byrd and illustrator Alyssa Mehlhorn weave universal storytelling traditions and captivating paintings with solid biblical truth. Together, they create a touching allegory about humility and obedience through a tale of the sun, the moon, and a young boy who learns it is better to reflect God’s glory than to serve his own.

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One’s gifts and calling are not easily discerned, but with guidance by his elders, Turtle comes to understand the purpose for his gifts and for Whose Glory they were given. The meaning of “train up a child in the way that he should go” was clear in this tale. Its ethos of simple plains living, though 150+ years distant, warmed my Cayuse sensibilities; it fired my imagination of our Creator’s intentions for me! It will do the same for anyone who reads it to a little child, or with a childlike spirit of openness.
~ Howie Picard, MA Exegetical Theology, of Cayuse descent

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“Harvest Moon is a wonderful story of learning to respect and honor. When Turtle gives into the task set before him, his obedience brings him the opportunity to fulfill his passion… the thing He was created for. It is no different than God trusting us with the small things. We must be obedient before he can trust us with more. I think the illustrations are beautiful, sensitive, and inspiring, the type of art I would love to frame for my walls.”
– Cherie Kidd-Lovely, Nez Perce and Cherokee.

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Author and Illustrator offer our heartfelt thanks to Florence R. Turcotte, Chippewa/Sioux and an enrolled tribal member on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Rolette, ND, Cherie Kidd-Lovely, Nez Perce and Cherokee, and Howie Picard, Cayuse, for reading the book, reviewing the illustrations, and offering encouragement and suggestions for accuracy and cultural sensitivity.