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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.
9 February 2013 - Book Review: How to Be a Baby… by Me the Big Sister
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This is a wonderful portrayal of a positive sibling relationship, providing a positive example for older siblings to emulate without being at all moralistic.
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 [...]
1 October 2011 - Book Review: The Gingerbread Rabbit
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This is a mischievous, fast-paced tale, with elements from The Velveteen Rabbit and The Gingerbread Man blithely borrowed and mingled to spin an entirely new story.
31 July 2011 - Book Review: In the Rain with Baby Duck
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Although Baby Duck’s complaining attitude is nothing to be admired, every child can identify with being required to participate in some experience which they do not understand and may not appreciate. Grandpa’s sympathetic gentleness help the child change her attitude toward this family tradition, while reinforcing the generational connection through shared food and the handing down of prized possessions. The well-written text is simple and evocative, and perfectly complemented by the bright, pleasant illustrations. It’s a perfect read-aloud for preschoolers.
15 February 2011 - Book Review: The Owl and the Pussycat
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Brett’s illustrations are lush, vibrant, and rich in detail… Young children may not ordinarily sit still for this poem, with its archaic language and grown-up theme; but this version makes it easily accessible and eminently enjoyable.
14 February 2011 - Book Review: The Story of Valentine’s Day
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. In a society obsessed with romantic love, it is refreshing and heartening to be given a historical context for the modern flurry of flowers, cards, and candy. Children who have read this book will benefit from a much richer understanding of what the day means.
29 November 2010 - Book Review: Apple Tree Christmas
Age 04-08. The Ansterbergs live in the end of their old barn which they share with their animals, and they look forward to the time when Papa will be able to build them a real house. Every Fall they harvest the apples from their old apple tree… the effect is of a deeply joyful experience of a strong family which chooses to embrace love, hard work, and determination in the face of significant challenges.
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. [...]
Today’s most influential worldviews are born in the universities, but they touch all of us through the books we read, the music we listen to, and the movies we watch. Ideas penetrate our minds most deeply when communicated through the imaginative language of image, story, and symbol. It is crucial for Christians to learn how to ‘read’ that language and to identify worldviews transmitted through cultural forms. — , Saving Leonardo, p. 11
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