Posts related to Age 08-12
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.
18 November 2014 - Book Review: Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember
Written from a particularly Christian perspective, this book does a great job drawing us into a spiritual meditation of God’s gracious generosity, which we easily lose sight of in the midst of holiday hassles. Illustrated beautifully enough to be a coffee table book, it works as a long read-aloud for an upper-elementary audience, and its research is detailed enough to interest both teens and adults.
12 April 2012 - Book Review: My Backyard Garden
Age 08-12. 4 Stars. This attractive, accessible guide provides almost enough information for an enterprising older child to start a garden project without adult help, although a more encyclopedic resource is likely to be needed before the project is complete. If read aloud in small portions to early-elementary audience it can be an excellent tool to help explain gardening practices.
01 October 2011 - Book Review: Tolkien’s World: Paintings of Middle-Earth
Age 08+. 4 Stars. Tolkien’s peerless literature needs no embellishment, but these paintings are an evocative tribute to his world of magical imagination.
14 September 2010 - Book Review: The Book of Dragons
Age 08-12. 4 Stars. Michael Hague is known for his gorgeous illustrations of classic children’s literature, and this volume is no disappointment. He has selected a number of good stories about dragons — traditional fairy tales from Andrew Lang, a selection from Tolkien’s The Hobbit, two of Edith Nesbit’s short stories, and others.
31 July 2010 - Book Review: The Moffats
Age 08-12. 5 Stars. The Moffats, who live in the same town as the owners of Ginger Pye, are a close-knit family of four children and a hard-working seamstress mother… Estes’ engaging characters, living in the context of a sweetly old-fashioned small town, hold an undeniable appeal that has caused this story to endure for 70 years.
08 July 2010 - Book Review: The Indian in the Cupboard
Age 08-12. 5 Stars. When Omri, a young English boy, puts a toy Indian in a medicine cabinet and turns a special key, the Indian magically comes to life… This is an entertaining, appealing story, in which an immature young man learns to take responsibility and show respect for others.
05 July 2010 - Book Review: Ginger Pye
Age 08-12. 5 Stars. Jerry and Rachel Pye make a companionable team, from their cheerful “Boombernickles” word game and outdoor explorations, to their acquisition of their family’s new puppy, Ginger… Ginger Pye combines a warmly written, empathetic, and often funny portrayal of a loving family with an engaging mystery to be solved, and concludes with a quite satisfying resolution.
03 July 2010 - Book Review: The Trumpet of the Swan
Age 08-12. 5 Stars. Louis, a trumpeter swan, was hatched without a voice and so is unable to win a mate, even though with the help of his human friend Sam, he has learned to read and write… The reader will finish the book not only having had a good time, but appreciating the value of love and music, work and family, as well as knowing a little more about the habits of trumpeter swans. It’s an outstanding choice for a read-aloud.
27 June 2010 - Book Review: The Reluctant Dragon
Age 08-12. The Reluctant Dragon is a mild-mannered specimen of his breed who, unlike the “active and earnest” fellows who used to charge around battling knights, has survived long enough to develop his passion for poetry…. This is a brilliantly written satirical fantasy, lambasting the traditional knight-and-dragon stories and providing a wonderful protagonist that boys of all ages (and many girls) will want to identify with. The fantastical pleasure of friendship with a dragon is enhanced by encounters with knights, a theatrical battle, and plenty of intelligent wit to amuse both children and adults.
The ability to imagine what it would be like to experience what someone else is experiencing, to project ourselves into someone else’s point of view, can be crucial to moral sensitivity. When we read a novel, we are ushered into the point of view of various characters and are gladdened by their victories and saddened by their tragedies. Reading provides mental training for empathizing with real people. — , Reading Between the Lines, 31
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