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A Fishy Tale by Steven Wilson
Text Version | Afrikaans | Italian


Morah sat on the beach throwing pebbles into the sea. She was angry! Her parents were always telling her what to do and she was fed up with it. Determined never to obey them again, she flung her last pebble into the water and turned to leave.

No sooner had her pebble splashed down into the sea than the waters began to froth and foam. Huge waves rose and crashed onto the sand.

"Crumbs!" she shrieked spinning round. "I didn't throw it that hard!" But it hadn't been her pebble that had caused the water to react so violently. It had been the forty-foot fish that was at that very moment beached right in front of her.

Morah froze. She didn't like fish at the best of time and certainly not huge big ones that kept winking at her. She was wondering what she should do, when suddenly the huge fish began to retch. It was about to be sick and Morah was standing in the firing line. She dived for a nearby bush just in time as the fish gave one last heave and was sick all over the sand.

Jonah In The Whale

What a mess! There were seaweed and timbers, and old rags, and...and...and.... Morah rubbed her eyes. She could hardly believe what she saw. There in amongst all the debris was! He was alive. He was covered in goo and bleached as white as a lamb. But he was alive!

The man staggered to his feet and the huge fish thrashed back into the sea.

The man was small with a tangled beard that was more seaweed than hair. His skin was wrinkled like a prune and he smelled horrible. "What a pong!" thought Morah, as she cupped her hand over her nose and sank lower behind the hedge. "How on earth did he end up inside a fish?"

She watched him pull a piece of driftwood from between his toes, clear the mucus from his eyes and ears, and struggle up the beach until he was gone.

She heaved a sigh of relief and climbed out from behind her bush to set off for home.

Although her thoughts were taken up by the strange events on the beach, she was still determined to tell her parents that she had decided not to do what they ask ever again.

"I've just seen him!" she heard her father's voice tell as she neared the house. "The same man that told us to throw him in the sea because he had angered his God. He said it would stop the storm. And it did!"

"Wow!" said Morah's mother as Morah entered the house. "He must have a mighty powerful God to stop the storm like that. Why didn't he drown?"

"Well apparently," Morah's father continued, "he's been in the belly of a fish for three days and nights. Now that is a mighty God he follows, if you ask me."

Morah froze once more at the mention of the big fish. So that's how the strange man had ended up inside the fish. He'd angered his God.

"How did he anger his God?" asked Morah, somewhat surprising her parents who hadn't noticed her come in.

"Well," said her father, crouching down to give his daughter a big hug, "Apparently he refused to do what God had asked him to do!"

Girl Cleaning

"Really!" gasped Morah remembering the sight of the bedraggled old man who had just spent three days inside the belly of a fish. "Oh, dear!" And without another thought, Morah turned to her mother and said, "Is there anything you would like me to do? You only have to ask, you know. I'll be only too willing."

And with that, Morah grabbed a broom and frantically began cleaning the house.


Do you think Morah was right, not wanting to help her parents?
Why is it important to help other people?
What sorts of things can you do that would help God?

Sometimes the simplest actions can bring the greatest rewards!

"And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward" (Matthew 10:42).


Dog and boy praying

Dear Lord, please help me to know that every time
I do something for another person,
I am also doing it for You.
Please help me to show Your Love
to my friends and family
in the things I do for them.
In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Jonah (in the Old Testament), chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4


The Story of Jonah
Online Coloring
Colour the Bible Book 3: Hosea - Malachi
Bible Stories to Color and Tell (ages 3-K)
Bible Story Cards Coloring Book - Old Testament
Bible Story Coloring Pages (Reproducible)
Children's Coloring Books
My Bible Coloring Book (Shirley Dobson)
Old Testament Scenes Stained Glass Coloring Book
Smart Coloring Books


Cut and Scramble Bible Verse Page 1
Cut and Scramble Bible Verse Page 2
Jonah - Online Activity
Jonah Word Search
Jonah Crossword Puzzle
Jonah and the Big Fish Playset
Jonah and the Great Fish (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Jonah's Fish Ride Pencil Fun Books
Jonah Inlaid Puzzle (Veggie Tales)
Best Book of Bible Activities
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
Amazing Bible Mazes
Memory Verse Games for Kids (Take Me Through the Bible Series)
Big Book Of Bible Puzzles (Reproducible)
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1 (Gospel Light Big Books)
Christian and educational toys
Children's Activity Books
Children's Puzzles
Crossword Books
Bible Word Search


Online Fish Matching Game
Print Out Fish Matching Game
Jonah Overboard Adventure Game by Veggie Tales (2-4 Players)
Jonah Fishin' Card Game by Veggie Tales (2-4 Players)


Stuffed Paper Bag Whale
Jonah and the Whale Crafts
Bible Crafts
Make Your Own Bible Game
Puppet Crafts For Kids
Craft Ideas For Any Story
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 6-8)
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget (Ages 5-10)
Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Praise God With...Craft Series
Praise God with a Paper Plate (PreK-Grade 2)
Really Big Book Of Cool Crafts For Kids w/CD-Ages 4-12 (Reproducible)
Children's Crafts & Hobbies

child reading a book

Beginners Bible/Jonah & The Big Fish (I Can Read)
Jonah and the Whale
Jonah Comic Book
Jonah: The Runaway Preacher (Bibletime Books)
Whale and Jonah Read and Listen Online
Jonah & Very Big Fish (Arch Books)
Big Bible Stories: Jonah Video Story Signed For The Deaf
Read the story in the Bible
The Runaway Prophet or the Chick of the Sea
The Story of Jonah
Whoops! Jonah and the Fish
Legends of Faith Comic Book: Jonah, David, Noah and Daniel
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Baby's First Bible
Beginner's Bible
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Bible stories
Early Reader's Bible
Five Minute Devotions for Children (ages 4-8)
The Children's Illustrated Bible
Toddler's Bible
Pilgrim's Progress illustrated for children
Children's Books
Spanish Children's Books
The Picture Bible (Spanish)

singing birds

Going Down
All At Sea
Jonah and the Whale Song
Jonah and the Whale - Song #11
Jonah and the Whale (Let's Sing Sing Sing)
Gaither Homecoming Church In The Wildwood (includes Jonah and the Whale) (Audio CD) Shop Now

100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Bible Songs with Cedarmont Kids
Bible Songs
Children's Music

CDs, DVDs, and Videos

Watch amazing little girl tell the story of Jonah!

Sight and Sound: Jonah
Greatest Heroes and Legends: Jonah and the Whale DVD (Good Times Entertainment)
Jonah: A Great Fish Story DVD
Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie 2 DVDs)
The Story of Jonah - Listen online
What's in the Bible DVD 9: God Speaks - Isaiah, Jeremiah & the Prophets
Bible Plays: Volume 1
Amazing Bible Stories
Read and Share Ultimate Bible Storybook with 2 DVDs
Bible story DVDs
Children's DVDs

Resources for Parents and Teachers

Wrong Way, Jonah! (Bible Studies for Kids by Kay Arthur)
801 Questions Kids Ask About God (Focus on the Family)
Absentee Postcards
African American Resources
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher (Bruce Wilkinson)
Bible Crafts and Activities for Any Story
Big Book of Bible Games (Gospel Light)
Bulletin Board helps
Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
Children's Church Resources
Children's Sermon
Church Nanny Sos: Teaching Discipline Essentials for Preschool Ministry Volunteers
Church Supplies
Closing Prayer
52 Games That Teach The Bible
Free educational videos
God's Servants Teach Me (Instant Bible Lessons)
God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher (Focus on the Family)
How To Lead a Child To Christ
King James Version Award Bibles
Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings
Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids (Kay Arthur)
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
Memory Verse Ideas
Memory Verse Resources
Object Talks
Opening Prayer
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
Puppet Scripts
Resources for Teachers
Seven Laws of the Learner (Bruce Wilkinson)
Spanish Resources
Sunday School Attendance Boosters: 165 Fresh Ideas
Sunday school resources
Talking to God (Instant Bible Lessons)
Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
Teaching children
Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives (by Howard Hendrickss)
The Big Book of Bible Skits
Things To Make Craft Activities
Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know
(by Elmer Towns)

Children's resources

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