Posts tagged with Compassion
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.
15 March 2012 - Book Review: The Quiltmaker’s Journey
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. The Quiltmaker’s Journey is a prequel to The Quiltmaker’s Gift.
13 March 2012 - Book Review: The Quiltmaker’s Gift
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau and Gail De Marcken is a touching, lavishly illustrated tale of giving and receiving and of learning what matters most in life.
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 [...]
25 October 2011 - Book Review: How to Heal a Broken Wing
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. This touching book tells the story of young Will and his parents, who find a hurt pigeon outside the subway and bring it home to care for it until it can fly again. The story is deceptively simple, but is presented with a depth of empathy that provokes reflection.
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.
17 July 2010 - Book Review: A Day’s Work
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. On Saturday morning, young Francisco waits with his abuelo (grandfather) with other day laborers, hoping for a day’s work… This is a serious story, and even illustrated with Himler’s wonderful paintings it retains a somber mood that might not draw readers in as easily as more lighthearted books. But it provides a vital, sympathetic glimpse into the world of immigrant day laborers while demonstrating the moral importance of honesty. It’s a beautifully moving book which will help cultivate compassion for others.
13 April 2010 - Book Review: Sarah Whitcher’s Story
Age 04-08. Little Sarah Whitcher, left in the charge of her older siblings while her parents leave their New Hampshire cabin for the day, wanders away and is lost in the woods… Although the tale ends happily, it is a “scarer,” and may not be suited to more sensitive listeners. But for those who are able to handle Sarah’s real danger, it provides a wonderful, suspenseful adventure, gives a glimpse of early New Hampshire life, and portrays a tight-knit, loving family.
2 April 2010 - Book Review: Now One Foot, Now The Other
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Bobby has grown into mastery of basic motor skills under the affectionate supervision of his grandfather, affectionately named Bob. But one day he is terrified when Bob suffers a stroke and is fully paralyzed… Bobby (who is not a perfect child) models what it means to take care of others — even those who may have always taken the helping role toward him. While sometimes frightening, the story’s drama may help young children come to terms with the limitations of people in their lives and teaches them that they can have an important helping role. In the midst of fear and weakness, this picture of tender intergenerational love is very beautiful.
3 February 2010 - Book Review: Dogger
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Hughes’ artwork is wonderfully rendered, with a particular eye to details that emphasize the warmth and closeness of this family. Most importantly, Bella’s open-hearted self-sacrifice epitomizes the kindness that siblings ought to express toward one another. Elder and younger siblings will appreciate this story for different reasons.
Imagination is like a muscle. It grows stronger when you flex it. And you must flex it. It does not usually put itself into action. It awaits the will. Imagination is also contagious. When you are around someone (alive or dead) who uses it a lot, you tend to catch it. — , God Is Not Boring
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