Posts tagged with Friendship
24 September 2012 - Book Review: Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This sequel to The Tale of Custard the Dragon charms the reader with more of Nash’s matchless rhyme…. If told with a serious way, the story might be frightening to sensitive children, but the peppy, poetic rhythm and lighthearted images do much to lighten the potentially sinister mood. If your kids liked the original, this is sure to be a hit.
17 September 2012 - Book Review: The Tale of Custard the Dragon
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. The Tale of Custard the Dragon is a whimsical fantasy in verse… Nash’s hilarious wordcraft and sly humor will amuse children and adults alike, and Lynn Munsinger’s whimsical illustrations merrily evoke the mood of the poem, while bringing the rather complex vocabulary into reach for kids.
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.
15 November 2011 - Book Review: The Lion and the Mouse
Age 04-08. 3 Stars. Bernadette Watts retells the classic Aesop fable… if you’re trying to teach the fable to an audience which needs a visual anchor, and you can’t find a copy of Jerry Pinkney’s resplendent wordless version, or you just don’t like to read wordless books aloud, this one might do the trick.
24 August 2010 - Book Review: Dreams
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This is another of Spier’s wonderful wordless books. In it, the two Noonan children spend a pleasant summer afternoon cloudgazing, showing each other what shapes they see in the clouds.
8 July 2010 - Book Review: The Indian in the Cupboard
Age 08-12. 5 Stars. When Omri, a young English boy, puts a toy Indian in a medicine cabinet and turns a special key, the Indian magically comes to life… This is an entertaining, appealing story, in which an immature young man learns to take responsibility and show respect for others.
5 July 2010 - Book Review: Ginger Pye
Age 08-12. 5 Stars. Jerry and Rachel Pye make a companionable team, from their cheerful “Boombernickles” word game and outdoor explorations, to their acquisition of their family’s new puppy, Ginger… Ginger Pye combines a warmly written, empathetic, and often funny portrayal of a loving family with an engaging mystery to be solved, and concludes with a quite satisfying resolution.
3 July 2010 - Book Review: The Trumpet of the Swan
Age 08-12. 5 Stars. Louis, a trumpeter swan, was hatched without a voice and so is unable to win a mate, even though with the help of his human friend Sam, he has learned to read and write… The reader will finish the book not only having had a good time, but appreciating the value of love and music, work and family, as well as knowing a little more about the habits of trumpeter swans. It’s an outstanding choice for a read-aloud.
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.
Mom, you are the witch and Anthony is Hansel, and I am Gretel. You can eat him but you can’t eat me okay? I will go check and see if he is fat enough. — , 1/1/09
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