Posts tagged with Gratitude
22 November 2014 - Book Review: Sarah Gives Thanks
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. How did the American tradition of Thanksgiving come to be established? In the 1820s, 200 years after the Pilgrims’ celebration, different states observed the holiday on different days, and most southern states didn’t observe it at all. That was when Sarah Josepha Hale turned her considerable talent and persistence toward establishing a national holiday… This story stands out among juvenile biographies for its interest and accessibility. Appealingly and skillfully illustrated, it’s visually appealing, and the pictures carry a large part of the story. The writing is smooth and evocative, and really highlights the humanity of the person in focus. It’s an excellent read.
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.
22 December 2011 - Book Review: A Christmas Carol
Rating: In Charles Dickens’ classic masterpiece, the miserable Scrooge is given a chance to repent of his selfish lifestyle when he is visited by four spirits — first, his tormented former business partner, sentenced to wander the netherworld until he has atoned for his sins — and then three “Spirits of Christmas,” who show him [...]
21 October 2011 - Book Review: I’m Thankful Each Day
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. It can be tricky to write prayer-books for children, especially if the author is aiming for a wide audience. This rhyming, rhythmic board book describes a pleasant litany of things to be thankful for, reveling in the joys of everyday life.
2 April 2010 - Book Review: Now One Foot, Now The Other
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Bobby has grown into mastery of basic motor skills under the affectionate supervision of his grandfather, affectionately named Bob. But one day he is terrified when Bob suffers a stroke and is fully paralyzed… Bobby (who is not a perfect child) models what it means to take care of others — even those who may have always taken the helping role toward him. While sometimes frightening, the story’s drama may help young children come to terms with the limitations of people in their lives and teaches them that they can have an important helping role. In the midst of fear and weakness, this picture of tender intergenerational love is very beautiful.
25 March 2010 - Book Review: Celebrate Animals
Celebrate Animals rounds out Heidi Bratton’s Celebrate series by helping children rejoice in God’s creation of animals by remembering how Noah and his family cared for animals of different kinds (Genesis 6-8). Among the pictures are families interacting with deer, a boy holding a giant frog, and a parent and child’s hands petting a hedgehog together… The black-and-white candid photographs invite the reader into the scene, and young children will enjoy vicariously interacting with these most interesting animals. An excellent choice.
25 March 2010 - Book Review: Celebrate Family
Age 00-04. 5 Stars. Celebrate Family is a joyful presentation of the many blessings God gives through our families…. A joy-filled read, which complements the rest of the Celebrate series.
16 February 2010 - Book Review: Amos and Boris
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Amos and Boris tells the story about a mouse and a whale’s unlikely friendship, in a twist on Aesop’s fable of the Lion and the Mouse… Steig’s writing and illustrations are snappy and appealing, and the story combines lighthearted humor with a compelling relational theme. An excellent read-aloud choice.
3 February 2010 - Book Review: Dogger
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Hughes’ artwork is wonderfully rendered, with a particular eye to details that emphasize the warmth and closeness of this family. Most importantly, Bella’s open-hearted self-sacrifice epitomizes the kindness that siblings ought to express toward one another. Elder and younger siblings will appreciate this story for different reasons.
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.
A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way… You tell a story because a statement would be inadequate. —
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