Posts tagged with Courage
22 November 2014 - Book Review: Sarah Gives Thanks
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. How did the American tradition of Thanksgiving come to be established? In the 1820s, 200 years after the Pilgrims’ celebration, different states observed the holiday on different days, and most southern states didn’t observe it at all. That was when Sarah Josepha Hale turned her considerable talent and persistence toward establishing a national holiday… This story stands out among juvenile biographies for its interest and accessibility. Appealingly and skillfully illustrated, it’s visually appealing, and the pictures carry a large part of the story. The writing is smooth and evocative, and really highlights the humanity of the person in focus. It’s an excellent read.
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 November 2014 - Book Review: Tapenum’s Day
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. I’ll admit it. This is my favorite of Kate Waters’ historical reenactment series. It tells a story about Tapenum, a Wampanoag boy in the 1620′s… Even if you’re not particularly interested in Native American history and culture, this book rounds out the series by providing a short glimpse into what life was like for the majority of people in this country at the time the Pilgrims arrived. Additionally, Tapenum, young as he is, is focused on mastering the virtues that define manhood in his society. He’s likable and worthy of emulation.
14 November 2014 - Book Review: Samuel Eaton’s Day
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Samuel Eaton is a seven-year-old Pilgrim in 1627 Plymouth, a peer of Sarah Morton, and his story is another installment of Kate Waters’ historical reenactment series… It’s another great addition to a Thanksgiving read-aloud.
14 November 2014 - Book Review: Sarah Morton’s Day
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Here is another in Kate Waters’ historical-reenactment series. It follows the story of nine-year-old pilgrim Sarah Morton, based on a real girl at Plymouth Plantation who was nine in 1627…. This book provides a visual experience of what a pilgrim’s daily life might have been like, and as part of a Thanksgiving observance it provides a bit of realism to go with the turkey and nostalgia.
14 November 2014 - Book Review: On the Mayflower
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. On the Mayflower is the fourth in a series of historical-reenactment stories by Kate Waters… the great feature of this story is its carefully-researched setting and costumes. Many scenes evoke the feeling of actually being there. If you’re not able to actually visit the real Plimoth Plantation, this is the next best thing. It’s a really nice supplement to a study of the Pilgrims.
4 January 2012 - Book Review: Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
Age 12-16. Turner Buckminster, the new minister’s son, has great trouble fitting into his new town, but he finds friendship with Lizzie, one of the despised “squatters” on a nearby island…. This is a sensitively written story about human experience, about courage in the face of evil, and about American small-town life, with an admirable protagonist who comes of age through learning some terribly hard lessons. It does not shy away from the evil hidden in the hearts of humanity, and ultimately it is an inspiring story. Its humanist perspective will require some discernment to engage, and I would recommend that parents read this book along with their kids.
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.
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.
Now we need to understand that what simply occupies our mind very largely governs what we do. It sets the emotional tone out of which our actions flow, and it projects the possible courses of action available to us. — , The Divine Conspiracy
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