Margi McCombs was born in West Africa as the daughter of American
missionaries. At 16 she moved to the US and eventually earned a PhD
in education. She has been a classroom teacher and school
administrator and has helped start a number of community schools in
the U.S. and one in Tokyo. She is the mother of four grown sons and
one teenage daughter and lives with her husband and family in Lake
Janet Samuel is a professional illustrator whose colorful art is featured in The Ten Commandments for Little Ones. As an illustrator of greeting cards and books, she has worked with numerous clients including The Art Group, International Greetings, Pan Macmillan, Parragon, Scholastic, Fernleigh Books, and Lion Hudson. Janet lives with her daughter in South Wales.
"What a delightful book to help young children connect with
Jesus in a personal way. Often it's that first emotional connection
that helps kids fall in love with Jesus. Dr. McCombs has created a
wonderful book for parents to introduce Jesus to their
-Dr. Scott Turansky, cofounder, National Center for Biblical Parenting
"I found When Jesus Was a Little Boy a delightful read with
my inquisitive young grandchildren. The words bring the young Jesus
to life. The rhyme, rhythm and colorful illustrations create an
appetite for the child to want to read it again and again."
-David J. Koetje, President/CEO, Christian Schools International
"You know you've read a good book when you finish the last
page and have made a friend. Children will find a dear friend in
When Jesus Was a Little Boy. It's a great book! "
-Becky Hunter, pastor's wife, grandmother, and former teacher
"When Jesus Was a Little Boy is filled with very fun and
understandable words and beautiful illustrations for children about
Jesus when he was little! It gives great insight into thoughts that
children have about Jesus and draws great parallels to their life
situations. Also, it teaches Biblical concepts in a way that is fun
and meaningful for children. A must have for every child's
"The one-verse commentary on the childhood of Jesus found in
Luke 2:52 stirs my imagination! What was life like for the Son of
God as He lived His young life on earth? When Jesus was a Little
Boy helps to satisfy my curiosity! It's a good read for young
children who know Jesus and want to be more like Him."
"This is a sweet story by Margi. I know her heart is on every
one of these pages and I can see it in every word. The beautiful
message of inclusion is so needed in our world today. Thank you for
this great addition to our children's department."
-Donna M. Kees, bookstore manager, Northland Church Bookstore
"What a sweet book! My toddler loves the rhyming couplets and
imaginative pictures and I love that she's hearing about Jesus.
When she's older, I hope it helps her begin to understand that God
knows everything we feel because he became fully man, starting as a
little boy. When I'm not reading it aloud to her, I find her
carrying it around and leafing through the pages on her own. What a
wonderful book to add to our collection!"