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01 December 2014 - Book Review: Diary of a Wombat
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. An introduction to an animal we won’t see in the wild outside of Australia, a satisfying story suffused with ironic humor, and an endearing, likable character which retains its animal qualities, all combine for a read-aloud with a very wide appeal. I highly recommend it.
21 November 2014 - Book Review: Red Kayak
Age 12-16. 5 Stars. Although Cummings’ excellent writing is very enjoyable to read, this is a serious book, and sensitive readers will rightfully be troubled by it. Brady has something significant to lose no matter what he does, and although his choices do eventually lead to a satisfying conclusion, the whole story is tinged with grief. Even this sadness is an opportunity for good, though: this ordinary boy looks a senseless death in the face, and rather than retreating he takes action to help. In this action he discovers the kind of person he really is.
02 March 2013 - Book Review: The Very First Easter
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Paul Maier, a professor of Ancient History, brings his expertise to bear in explaining the significance of the Easter events and subsequent Christian traditions… this is a great resource for helping elementary-aged children transition from simply rehearsing the Easter events to understanding their historical and spiritual significance.
22 December 2011 - Book Review: A Christmas Carol
Rating: In Charles Dickens’ classic masterpiece, the miserable Scrooge is given a chance to repent of his selfish lifestyle when he is visited by four spirits — first, his tormented former business partner, sentenced to wander the netherworld until he has atoned for his sins — and then three “Spirits of Christmas,” who show him [...]
16 November 2011 - Book Review: The Lion & The Mouse
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Jerry Pinkney’s splendid interpretation of Aesop’s fable will enthrall young readers, bringing to life the dramatic intensity of animal life that ancient Greek listeners might have understood from personal experience. Pinkney’s resplendent paintings bring the old Greek story to new life in the African Serengeti.
17 October 2011 - Book Review: Pilgrim’s Progress: A Retelling
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Gary Schmidt brings us an accessible modern paraphrase of John Bunyan’s classic in his Pilgrim’s Progress. This version includes more plot and character detail than Dangerous Journey, although it preserves little of the original language. The modern text is good in its own right, however, even (especially) if you plan to move on later to the full novel.
31 January 2011 - Book Review: Lionel and the Book of Beasts
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. The Book of Beasts is one of Edith Nesbit’s most exciting dragon stories… it is notable for placing a young child in a place of great responsibility, allowing him to exceed adult expectations by fulfilling the role of heroic monarch despite his age.
29 November 2010 - Book Review: Apple Tree Christmas
Age 04-08. The Ansterbergs live in the end of their old barn which they share with their animals, and they look forward to the time when Papa will be able to build them a real house. Every Fall they harvest the apples from their old apple tree… the effect is of a deeply joyful experience of a strong family which chooses to embrace love, hard work, and determination in the face of significant challenges.
16 November 2010 - Book Review: God Found Us You
Age 00-04. 5 Stars. There is a growing corpus of books for children about adoption, and many are boring, sentimental, or oppressively serious. This one is a refreshing change.
12 November 2010 - Book Review: The Star-Spangled Banner
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. The strains of America’s National Anthem are no doubt familiar to most American children, but this patriotic tribute by Peter Spier provides compelling visual interpretations for the song.
When we read we cultivate a sustained attention span, an active imagination, a capacity for logical analysis and critical thinking, and a rich inner life. These are essential to a free people. — , Reading Between the Lines, quoted by Jan Bloom in What Shall We Then Know
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