Posts tagged with Classics
13 May 2012 - Book Review: The Adventures of Pinocchio
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This wasn’t originally a children’s story, but it is a story about childhood and the taming of childish, reckless impulses. It’s a deeply moral tale… It isn’t, however, a Christian story. Unlike most Christian teachings, the moralism is sometimes quite heavy-handed, and penalties for disobedience are often gruesome. Pinocchio’s redemption ultimately comes from his own resolve to change when he sees the consequences of his behavior for himself and others. Because of this moral self-reliance, this story may not be a good match for children who are prone to self-righteousness.
14 January 2012 - Book Review: The Snowy Day
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. The Snowy Day is a simple, elegant story which traces a young boy named Peter’s first experience with snow. It is highly oriented to the physical senses — perfect for young children — and captures the wonder of this kind of early learning experience… This makes a very nice addition to your winter reading basket. It’s probably best for preschoolers as a read-aloud, but it can also be a good fit for elementary students.
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.
15 February 2011 - Book Review: The Owl and the Pussycat
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Brett’s illustrations are lush, vibrant, and rich in detail… Young children may not ordinarily sit still for this poem, with its archaic language and grown-up theme; but this version makes it easily accessible and eminently enjoyable.
25 September 2010 - Book Review: My Shadow
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Ted Rand has illustrated this classic poem with bright and lively pictures of children (and their shadows) from all over the world.
18 August 2010 - Book Review: King Midas and the Golden Touch
Age 04-08. Charlotte and K.Y. Craft have produced a beautiful rendition of King Midas and the Golden Touch.
14 August 2010 - Book Review: The Ugly Duckling
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Hans Christian Anderson’s story tells of a swan hatched into a family of ducks, who lives his life trying to fit into a situation where he doesn’t belong… Jerry Pinkney’s adaptation brings the story into a visual splendor, with lushly detailed watercolor paintings full of drama and life.
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.
12 July 2010 - Book Review: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. This immensely popular toddler book features a procession of animals, introduced by the same chant addressed to the preceding animal: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?”… The predictable format, rhymic repetition, pleasing collage illustrations, and systematic introduction of colors with animal names have endeared this book to children and those who teach them since its publication 40 years ago.
9 July 2010 - Book Review: Bambi
Age 12-16. 4 Stars. Most of my generation, when they think of Bambi, think of the sentimental 1942 Disney movie. But the original book was a serious work. Its one-of-a-kind conception and spectacular writing have earned it classic status… There is a clear sense that Bambi’s coming-of-age is defined by no longer needing to rely on others… In contrast to this message of isolationism, the Bible teaches that a solitary existence falls short of God’s plan… The romantic appeal of Bambi’s self-chosen exile has an especial attraction in our individualistic culture. Adults will need to use discernment about when a child is ready for this book.
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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