Posts tagged with Good Against Evil
29 June 2010 - Book Review: Rapunzel
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Rogansky’s retelling of Rapunzel is another excellent interpretation of the traditional fairy tale popularized by the Brothers Grimm. Rogansky’s prose is flawless, and the story is illustrated with sweeping romantic brilliance by Trina Schart Hyman.
28 June 2010 - Book Review: Rapunzel
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Paul Zelinsky has brought the traditional Rapunzel, popularized by the Brothers Grimm, to life in gorgeous oil paintings. His writing is careful and gripping, and his stylized visual interpretation of the story is stunningly beautiful.
21 June 2010 - Book Review: Jack and the Beanstalk
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Edith Nesbit’s classic dry wit shines through in her brilliant delivery of this traditional fairy tale, which is enjoyable on both a child’s level and an adult’s…. This is the best Jack and the Beanstalk story I have ever read.
24 February 2010 - Book Review: The Little Riders
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. This riveting story gently introduces the pain and evil involved in World War II, without going into graphic detail about the horrors of the war. Johanna’s courage and loyalty are very admirable, and they seem to grow naturally in the context of her family’s values of love and courtesy. The book is written at a transitional reader’s level and (unlike most war stories) is appropriate for precocious pre-readers.
21 January 2010 - Book Review: The Hundred and One Dalmations
Age 08-12. 4 Stars. There is a genre of 1950′s British children’s literature, usually populated with animal characters, that is charming and enjoyable for both children and adults. This is well written, with high action and suspense, appealing characters, and quite a bit of understated humor.
9 December 2009 - Book Review: The Innkeeper
Age 12-16. 5 Stars. In this poem Jesus, on his way to be crucified in Jerusalem, visits the innkeeper and hears his account of the Nativity. His story goes on, however, to dramatically describe Herod’s Slaughter of the Innocents (Matthew 2:16-18), in which the innkeeper lost his entire family and his right arm…. Piper draws together the stories of a joy-filled family, a terrible evil, and the great hope that Jesus’ life, death and resurrection bring to all who suffer under the reign of death and evil. Because of the violent content of the story, it may be better suited to teenagers than younger children.
19 October 2009 - Book Review: Harry Potter Series
Age 12-16. The Harry Potter series is entertaining and well written, and follows a good-against-evil motif that is in some harmony with a Christian worldview. The magic in the early books seems for the most part fantastical, although the later books move into darker, more occultic territory. More problematic is Harry’s isolationism, as well as the absence of trustworthy, competent adults in his life…. I would recommend that if the books are approved, their introduction should be delayed until the early teen years, when readers are old enough to engage the problematic elements with the help of a discerning adult.
1 October 2009 - Book Review: The Legend of William Tell
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This wonderful book tells the story of William Tell in songlike rhyming text, with watercolor illustrations… The text is well written, and the artwork, while not artistically spectacular, is pleasing and full of period detail. It’s best for children who are old enough to understand that Tell’s son was in real danger of death, without being traumatized by the knowledge.
29 September 2009 - Book Review: Flat Stanley
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Stanley is an ordinary boy whose life changes when a large bulletin board falls on him during the night, flattening him to a thickness of a half-inch…. This whimsical fantasy is entirely enjoyable, and what it lacks in depth of plot and character development (no pun intended), it makes up for in imagination.
28 September 2009 - Book Review: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (Adaptation)
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Pinkney’s adaptation uses modern language, retaining almost none of Kipling’s masterful language, but telling the story very well. What really makes this book are his lavish, exuberant watercolor paintings which draw the reader in and dramatize the story in a very vivid way.
Good books… must be written according to the aesthetic laws that are part of the created order. As such, Christians can see them in the light of God, who is not only the source of all truth, but also the source of all beauty and all perfection (James 1:17). Conversely, books that are morally bad will tend to be aesthetically bad as well. — , Reading Between the Lines, 28
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