Posts tagged with Faithfulness
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.
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.
13 January 2010 - Book Review: Yonie Wondernose
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. De Angeli captures a little of the flavor of Pennsylvania Dutch language along with many details of everyday life. Her characters are appealing, the family is warmly loving, and the story itself is full of excitement and danger. It will appeal to both boys and girls, but especially boys. It contains more prose than most picture books and is a perfect fit for children who are just transitioning into chapter books.
6 October 2009 - Book Review: Babe, the Gallant Pig
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Children who have enjoyed Charlotte’s Web and James Herriot’s Treasury for Children will love this story, which is exceptionally well written with humor, pathos, and drama… The characters are wonderfully drawn, and Babe exemplifies loyalty, courage, determination, and courtesy… An outstanding read.
15 September 2009 - Book Review: Charlotte’s Web
Age 05-10. This memorable story provides an example of genuine, loving friendship, which blooms among the hard realities of farm life… it is these contrasts that have made this story such an enduring classic — the reality of death and pain make joy and love all the sweeter where they exist.
31 August 2009 - Book Review: Crictor
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Crictor, a boa constrictor, arrives in Madame Bodot’s home in a doughnut-shaped box, shipped from Africa by her thoughtful herpetologist son…. the limitations of the technology do not greatly hinder Ungerer’s excellent writing, wry humor and sinuous lines. Madame Bodot and Crictor are each admirable in their own way — she in her generous service to the community, he in his loyal courage in defending her. This old story retains its charm, and is well worth reading.
29 August 2009 - Book Review: The Runaway Bunny
Age 00-04. 5 Stars. This is a delightfully comforting story of a little bunny who decides to run away from his mother. When she informs him that she intends to follow him, he invents many imaginary scenes in which he is transformed into something else and escapes…. This book playfully and gently underscores the unconditional love children ought to expect from their parents, and echoes God’s own relentless pursuit of human souls to be included in His household (Psalm 139:7-12; Ephesians 1:4-6). It is an essential addition to any child’s library, but may be especially well suited for children who who experience anxiety about their place in the family — siblings of a new addition to the family, adoptees, or children who have experienced trauma.
24 August 2009 - Book Review: Crow Boy
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. On the first day of school in a small village, a young boy is found hidden beneath the schoolhouse floor. The boy comes to be called “Chibi” for his small stature, and is ostracized by his classmates…. Yashima’s evocative drawings complement his spare text beautifully, and while the story’s emphasis is on relational dynamics among the children, there is a vivid sense of the outdoors as well as an experience of the cultural environment in this small village. The book is pleasing on many levels and should appeal to younger and older readers.
20 August 2009 - Book Review: Saint George and the Dragon
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. In this retelling of a segment from Spenser’s Faerie Queen… Hyman’s mesmerizing illustrations, augmented by lavish and intricate borders, make this book excellent …, because the pictures do most of the work in capturing a child’s imagination. This story of heroism and love is wonderful in its own right, but it should also whet the appetite and prepare the reader for a future experience of the full poem.
1 August 2009 - Book Review: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Age 12-16. 5 Stars. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy continues the story begun in The Hobbit and more fully develops the world of Middle Earth. In this epic saga, ordinary beings must use their small gifts in a struggle against great evil…. This work has becoming a defining influence in the genre in fantasy literature, and none of the works that came after it have matched it for its marvelous use of language, the deep coherency of the fantasy world, and the epic themes which propel the story to its climactic finish. Christian readers have long appreciated the way in which Tolkien’s stories express his Christian view of reality.
The pleasures of reading are, for the most part, good for us. We might even say that the reason we enjoy a book is that it is doing something good for us. We can benefit not only from a book’s themes and ideas; we can benefit from the very pleasures that impel us to keep turning the pages. — , Reading Between the Lines, 29
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