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10 December 2014 - Book Review: Irving and Muktuk: Two Bad Bears
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. If sly hilarity and perfectly-paced comedic gags are your thing, you’ll love this series… Not everyone will love a children’s series dedicated to the criminal exploits of two polar bears driven by an insatiable desire for muffins. Some parents might feel the author treats stealing too lightly. But it’s clearly a fantasy, and the bears’ bumbling attempts never lead them into violence. For a perceptive readership, parents might even have a discussion about how when you lack self-control, you make foolish decisions that get you into trouble. This isn’t a moral story, but it happens in a moral world, where the bears’ outlandish behavior leads to consequences.
09 December 2014 - Book Review: Sleds on Boston Common
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. It’s refreshing to find a piece of historical fiction placed squarely in the middle of important historical events, yet focused on children’s natural interests. It’s even better when the story events are loosely based on local folklore. This is the story of a group of children who ask the British general to stop his soldiers from destroying their sled runs.
03 December 2014 - Book Review: Christmas Wombat
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. The gently ironic humor of the original books is continued here, and several jokes are repeated, enhancing the comic effect. French’s text is again very spare, and the story is beautifully paced, with a satisfying conclusion. Since several jokes depend on their repetition from previous books, it’ll be best appreciated by kids who have experienced the original Diary of a Wombat. And it’s so clearly make-believe that it shouldn’t matter whether the audience believes in Santa.
02 December 2014 - Book Review: Diary of a Baby Wombat
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. While it would be impossible to equal the brilliance of the original Diary of a Wombat, this is a pretty good follow-up. Kids who loved the original will enjoy this one almost as much. Like the original, this one is good for reading aloud and for early reading practice.
30 November 2014 - Book Review: Advent: Remembering How Jesus Came And Will Come Again
Advent Remembering How Jesus Came And Will Come Again by 25 Daily Readings for Families to Share at Christmas Time | Make Your Own Book Rating: Emily Campbell, a pastor’s wife at Sovereign Grace Church in Spotsylvania, VA, has put together a lovely Advent reader. It can be used on its own, but it’s designed [...]
29 November 2014 - Book Review: Christ in Christmas: A Family Advent Celebration
Age 08-12. 4 Stars. If you like the versions of the Bible used, on most days this book provides a low-effort, off-the-shelf reading to focus your attention on Christ. The Sunday devotionals require some preparation and thought, especially if you want to contextualize the essays so your particular age group can understand them. If you have a mix of teens and younger children, this book could make a nice bridge, providing mature discussion for those who are old enough for it, and a hands-on activity to engage the younger kids.
28 November 2014 - Book Review: The Nativity
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. How do you engage preschoolers in an Advent ceremony? One way is to get this beautiful pop-up book, illustrated in Renaissance style, that tells the story of Jesus’ birth in simple prose. The illustrations are quite pretty, and the pop-up pages are well designed. Many of them have pieces that move when tabs are pulled.
28 November 2014 - Book Review: A Family Advent
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This is an easy-to-use resource for parents who want a zero-prep, brief devotional for a busy holiday season. It’s easy to read, reasonably engaging, and everyone will learn something. The suggested activities are well-chosen, except perhaps for stargazing in December (brr). It’s best suited to an upper-elementary audience, but readings are brief enough that smaller kids will probably sit through it.
27 November 2014 - Book Review: Tattered Sails
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. There aren’t a huge number of Thanksgiving books truly accessible to a preschool and early elementary audience. This one doesn’t specifically mention Thanksgiving, but it can do the job. …. The story line is minimal — a few choice details on every page — delivered in rhythmic, rhyming verse, with very nice illustrations. If the verse isn’t of the highest poetic quality, its rhythm is pleasant and it gets the story across. This is a good addition to the Thanksgiving reading list, especially if you have younger listeners.
26 November 2014 - Book Review: Birthday Monsters
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Sandra Boynton brings us yet another snappy, silly book of hilarity for preschoolers… Preschoolers will love the rhythmic, crisp way this story is told, and will really enjoy the over-the-top bad example of these birthday monsters. And it’s actually funny enough that you might not be tempted to hide it on a high shelf after a few dozen readings.
Today more than ever, Christians need to learn how to discern the good and the bad in what they read, to recognize quality, and to train their sensibilities so that they enjoy what is excellent. In other words, they need to be critics and not just consumers. — , Reading Between the Lines, 30
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