Posts tagged with Fathers
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.
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.
27 October 2010 - Book Review: The Courage of Sarah Noble
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Eight-year-old Sarah Noble’s father is setting out from colonized territory into the wilderness of Connecticut. Knowing that her mother and siblings must stay behind with the baby, Sarah volunteers to accompany him on the dangerous journey to establish their new home… It is an inspiring, accessible story of character, expressed in the context of a loving family.
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.
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.
11 May 2010 - Book Review: Baseball Saved Us
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. In this moving tribute to human courage (written by the child of Japanese internees), a young Japanese boy describes his time in the American internment camps during WWII. … the text describes the painful reality of this dark moment in American history in a clear, understated way, without bitterness. An unusual and outstanding book.
20 January 2010 - Book Review: The Wonderful Way That Babies are Made
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. There is absolutely no substitute for an ongoing conversation between loving parents and children about sex and marriage. This book makes a very nice supplement (and possibly a jump-start) to that conversation.
23 October 2009 - Book Review: Rascal
Age 12-16. 3 Stars. The story is very well written and will be enjoyed by anyone who loves animals and the outdoors. It will be especially attractive to boys, with its masculine-romantic view of nature and his bohemian life with his father. However, North’s depiction of families, religion and the created order (especially the origin of life) are sometimes at odds with a biblical worldview. Although it is written at an 8-12 reading level, Christian parents may want to wait to introduce this book until readers are old enough to read it with discernment.
14 August 2009 - Book Review: The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night: An Old Song
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night is a wonderful old folk song telling the ageless story of a fox who raids a farmer’s goose house and brings his kill home to his family. Peter Spier’s detailed and charming drawings bring the story to dramatic life with alternately black-and-white and colored illustrations…. The story is good enough to be enjoyed for its own sake, but also may provide an opportunity to discuss themes such as creation stewardship, ownership, theft, and animal predatory behavior.
26 June 2009 - Book Review: Call It Courage
Age 08-12. 4 Stars. Mafatu, the ten-year-old son of a Polynesian chieftan, has always feared the sea…. As he approaches the edge of manhood, his fear prevents him from winning a place in his community. Realizing their indifference to him, he sets out to sea alone in his canoe, taking only his dog and a few tools…. At the end of his journey he returns to his village having proved himself a man…. No one having read this book should believe they have learned anything about the real Polynesia… [but] if a reader can accept that Call it Courage is a lesson not in history but in moral courage, they may benefit from the moral example this hero represents.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand. —
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