Posts tagged with Grief
21 November 2014 - Book Review: Red Kayak
Age 12-16. 5 Stars. Although Cummings’ excellent writing is very enjoyable to read, this is a serious book, and sensitive readers will rightfully be troubled by it. Brady has something significant to lose no matter what he does, and although his choices do eventually lead to a satisfying conclusion, the whole story is tinged with grief. Even this sadness is an opportunity for good, though: this ordinary boy looks a senseless death in the face, and rather than retreating he takes action to help. In this action he discovers the kind of person he really is.
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.
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 [...]
10 November 2010 - Book Review: Beautiful
Rating: As a birthday present, Uncle George gives his nephew a gift of seeds and teaches the boy to plant and care for them. He is going away because of his sickness, but he expects to enjoy the flowers when he returns. “Now you take care of the seeds and wait for glory,” he says. [...]
9 November 2010 - Book Review: A Lion to Guard Us
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. This well-written story dramatizes the steely grit exhibited by colonists who came to the “New World,” many of whom tasted the fear and disappointments that attended these fictional characters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The imagination calls up new words, new images, new analogies, new metaphors, new illustrations, new connections to say old, glorious truth. Imagination is the faculty of the mind that God has given us to make the communication of his beauty beautiful. — , God is Not Boring
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