Posts tagged with Holidays
3 December 2014 - Book Review: Christmas Wombat
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. The gently ironic humor of the original books is continued here, and several jokes are repeated, enhancing the comic effect. French’s text is again very spare, and the story is beautifully paced, with a satisfying conclusion. Since several jokes depend on their repetition from previous books, it’ll be best appreciated by kids who have experienced the original Diary of a Wombat. And it’s so clearly make-believe that it shouldn’t matter whether the audience believes in Santa.
30 November 2014 - Book Review: Advent: Remembering How Jesus Came And Will Come Again
Advent Remembering How Jesus Came And Will Come Again by 25 Daily Readings for Families to Share at Christmas Time | Make Your Own Book Rating: Emily Campbell, a pastor’s wife at Sovereign Grace Church in Spotsylvania, VA, has put together a lovely Advent reader. It can be used on its own, but it’s designed [...]
29 November 2014 - Book Review: Christ in Christmas: A Family Advent Celebration
Age 08-12. 4 Stars. If you like the versions of the Bible used, on most days this book provides a low-effort, off-the-shelf reading to focus your attention on Christ. The Sunday devotionals require some preparation and thought, especially if you want to contextualize the essays so your particular age group can understand them. If you have a mix of teens and younger children, this book could make a nice bridge, providing mature discussion for those who are old enough for it, and a hands-on activity to engage the younger kids.
28 November 2014 - Book Review: The Nativity
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. How do you engage preschoolers in an Advent ceremony? One way is to get this beautiful pop-up book, illustrated in Renaissance style, that tells the story of Jesus’ birth in simple prose. The illustrations are quite pretty, and the pop-up pages are well designed. Many of them have pieces that move when tabs are pulled.
28 November 2014 - Book Review: A Family Advent
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This is an easy-to-use resource for parents who want a zero-prep, brief devotional for a busy holiday season. It’s easy to read, reasonably engaging, and everyone will learn something. The suggested activities are well-chosen, except perhaps for stargazing in December (brr). It’s best suited to an upper-elementary audience, but readings are brief enough that smaller kids will probably sit through it.
27 November 2014 - Book Review: Tattered Sails
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. There aren’t a huge number of Thanksgiving books truly accessible to a preschool and early elementary audience. This one doesn’t specifically mention Thanksgiving, but it can do the job. …. The story line is minimal — a few choice details on every page — delivered in rhythmic, rhyming verse, with very nice illustrations. If the verse isn’t of the highest poetic quality, its rhythm is pleasant and it gets the story across. This is a good addition to the Thanksgiving reading list, especially if you have younger listeners.
23 November 2014 - Book Review: Cranberry Thanksgiving
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Maggie and her grandmother live at the edge of a New England cranberry bog, and every year they each choose a guest to join them for a Thanksgiving feast. This year Grandmother invites the lavender-pomaded Mr. Horace. Maggie invites her gruff, scruffy friend Mr. Whiskers…. This is an old-fashioned, lighthearted story which shows a friendship blooming across dividing lines of culture. We’re gently reminded that we can’t always judge people by appearances.
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.
18 November 2014 - Book Review: Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember
Written from a particularly Christian perspective, this book does a great job drawing us into a spiritual meditation of God’s gracious generosity, which we easily lose sight of in the midst of holiday hassles. Illustrated beautifully enough to be a coffee table book, it works as a long read-aloud for an upper-elementary audience, and its research is detailed enough to interest both teens and adults.
17 November 2014 - Book Review: Thanksgiving Day
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Here is a retelling of the traditional Thanksgiving story for an elementary audience, with an explanation of modern observances of the holiday… If you have only 5-10 minutes to give your elementary kids a basic understanding of why we have a turkey holiday in November, this provides an accessible succinct explanation, and it reads pretty well aloud. If you have half an hour or more, you might prefer a more in-depth treatment.
Obscenity is not only a moral fault; as the Greeks understood, it is also an artistic fault. Insensitivity to aesthetic decorum is perhaps one of the worst weaknesses of contemporary literature. — , Reading Between the Lines, 36
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