Posts tagged with Adventures
9 November 2011 - Book Review: Shortcut
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Here is another excellent simple book for young train lovers by the inimitable Donald Crews. This book, unlike his more sedate offerings, is quite a thriller.
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.
20 February 2011 - Book Review: Paul Revere’s Ride
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. The courageous patriotism exemplified by Revere makes him an admirable hero, especially for young boys. Ted Rand’s illustrated version of Longfellow’s work visually represents the suspense and danger of the night, allowing young readers to experience the story before they have fully grown into the poem.
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.
21 November 2010 - Book Review: The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus
Age 04-08. 3 Stars. This is a nice little introduction to the Greek pantheon of gods… Parents may want to use caution in introducing religious-mythological stories before children are strongly rooted in their own faith.
9 November 2010 - Book Review: A Lion to Guard Us
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. This well-written story dramatizes the steely grit exhibited by colonists who came to the “New World,” many of whom tasted the fear and disappointments that attended these fictional characters.
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.
8 September 2010 - Book Review: Peter and the Wolf
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Sergei Prokofiev wrote a number of orchestral works for children, the most popular of which is Peter and the Wolf…. This book provides just the kind of visual focal point young children need… While this book would not be a great read-aloud on its own, it is an excellent supplement to the orchestral classic.
22 August 2010 - Book Review: The Book of Jonah
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Peter Spier has again brought us an enthralling rendition of a beloved Bible story.
5 August 2010 - Book Review: The Incredible Journey
Age 12-16. 5 Stars. Burnford’s story of three beloved family pets (a Labrador retriever, bull terrier and Siamese cat) who make a cross-country trek across Canadian wilderness to reach their home has an undeniable appeal for animal lovers.
Some children seem to be impervious to even the most obvious lessons, but in general, a child who spends time in a good writer’s world will find his imagination formed by it, at least a little. — , Enchanting Children, Touchstone Magazine, December 2006
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