Recommendation: **** (4-star)
Positives: A short story that will be easy for your young reader to read independently or a great story to read as a family. I loved the spiritual lessons that can be brought out in this story.
Talking Points: There really were whipping boys in England during the 15th and 16th centuries. Ask your kids about how Jesus is like the whipping boy (2 Cor. 5:21, 1 Pet. 2:24)? How important is it that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins (1 Tim. 2:5-6)? While the illustration of the whipping boy is not perfect, it does help give kids a picture of Christ. You can also talk with your kids about the friendship between the Prince and Jemmy. How did it change? Who changed - the Prince, Jemmy or both? How did they learn to trust each other? Talk about the kings offer of forgiveness at the end, how does this reflect Biblical forgiveness?
Age Level: 4 years of age and up (6 years old to read independently)