Posts tagged with Courtesy & Manners
2 March 2011 - Book Review: Mr. Gumpy’s Outing
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Mr. Gumpy, who lives by a river, takes his boat for a pleasure trip one day… John Burningham captures all the elements of a comforting toddler book: well-paced repetitive action, precise use of language, and a predictable climax, suffused with a subtle, gentle humor.
5 October 2010 - Book Review: The Grouchy Ladybug
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. The Grouchy Ladybug follows an insect through her day, providing some preschool-level humor along with a little bit of learning… The ladybug’s absurd behavior provides a humorously dramatic example of how pride can deceive people into acting in crazy, self-destructive ways (Proverbs 16:18). Young children will enjoy the silliness, even if they don’t absorb the moral, and the story ends happily. It’s not quite as charming as the Caterpillar, but it’s a very enjoyable read-aloud.
27 September 2010 - Book Review: How Chipmunk Got His Stripes
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Joseph Bruchac retells a tradional Mohawk folktale, written in a snappy rhythmic cadence and building to a satisfying climax… This enjoyable story, full of action and humor, underscores the importance of both humility and being sensitive to others’ feelings.
17 August 2010 - Book Review: Sheep Out to Eat
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. The sheep are back in a new installment of hilarious bumbling humor, as they enter a restaurant… It allows for plenty of humor, while giving a sideways lesson in courtesy and manners.
2 August 2010 - Book Review: All Things Wise and Wonderful
Age 16-18. 5 Stars. This edition of James Herriot’s memoirs sees him being drafted into the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force to play his part during World War II, leaving behind his veterinary practice and his wife (now expecting young Jimmy).
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.
14 June 2010 - Book Review: The Wind in the Willows
Age 08-12. A lonely mole, exasperated with Spring cleaning, abandons his home and goes for a long jaunt ending at a river, where he meets a friendly river rat… Thus follow some of the most implausible and wonderful adventures ever to enthrall a young reader. The story delights with what C.S. Lewis calls “scandalous escapism,” yet within the animals’ adventures, dangers, and reveries, if you are looking for them, you will find timeless moral qualities: the value of friendship, the beauty of unblinking courage, and the consequences of foolishness. It really should not be missed.
14 May 2010 - Book Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Age 08-12. 4 Stars. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a lighthearted Cinderella fantasy about a sweet little poor boy… a rollicking, lighthearted fantasy, full of humor and imagination, which is a delight to read aloud.
6 May 2010 - Book Review: Misty of Chincoteague
Age 08-12. 5 Stars. Paul and Maureen, two siblings living on Chincoteague Island, are rambling together one day when they spot a wild mare. Transfixed by her beauty, they set about earning money to buy her… This story provides a view of a close friendship between siblings, an interesting and challenging goal for both protagonists, healthy family relationships, and respect for authority. It is romantic, refreshing, and inspiring, full of beauty and life.
22 January 2010 - Book Review: Warton and the Castaways
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. The story isn’t quite as good as A Toad for Tuesday, but it is lighthearted, funny, and suspenseful enough to hold the attention of a child transitioning into chapter books… This is not a must-read, but it’s an enjoyable fantasy adventure, rooted in positive values of friendship, kindness, and courage.
Mom I’m gonna set the timer for a lot of minutes for you to read to me because I want to read a lot of books today, okay? — , 4/29/09
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