Posts tagged with Loyalty
28 January 2010 - Book Review: The Frog and Toad Series
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Of all the easy-reader books in print, this series may be the best in writing quality, complexity, character development, and humor.
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.
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.
6 October 2009 - Book Review: Babe, the Gallant Pig
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Children who have enjoyed Charlotte’s Web and James Herriot’s Treasury for Children will love this story, which is exceptionally well written with humor, pathos, and drama… The characters are wonderfully drawn, and Babe exemplifies loyalty, courage, determination, and courtesy… An outstanding read.
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.
15 September 2009 - Book Review: Charlotte’s Web
Age 05-10. This memorable story provides an example of genuine, loving friendship, which blooms among the hard realities of farm life… it is these contrasts that have made this story such an enduring classic — the reality of death and pain make joy and love all the sweeter where they exist.
31 August 2009 - Book Review: Crictor
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Crictor, a boa constrictor, arrives in Madame Bodot’s home in a doughnut-shaped box, shipped from Africa by her thoughtful herpetologist son…. the limitations of the technology do not greatly hinder Ungerer’s excellent writing, wry humor and sinuous lines. Madame Bodot and Crictor are each admirable in their own way — she in her generous service to the community, he in his loyal courage in defending her. This old story retains its charm, and is well worth reading.
14 August 2009 - Book Review: Amahl and the Night Visitors
Age 04-08. 3 Stars. This is a storybook version of the popular Christmas opera by the same author…. The story touchingly evokes the longing endured by our world until the advent of Christ. The illustrations are very nice, but the writing reads more like a screenplay than a book. Those who have enjoyed the opera will be able to relive it through the book, but the book alone may not bring the same pleasure.
1 August 2009 - Book Review: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Age 12-16. 5 Stars. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy continues the story begun in The Hobbit and more fully develops the world of Middle Earth. In this epic saga, ordinary beings must use their small gifts in a struggle against great evil…. This work has becoming a defining influence in the genre in fantasy literature, and none of the works that came after it have matched it for its marvelous use of language, the deep coherency of the fantasy world, and the epic themes which propel the story to its climactic finish. Christian readers have long appreciated the way in which Tolkien’s stories express his Christian view of reality.
1 August 2009 - Book Review: The Hobbit
Age 08-12. 5 Stars. The Hobbit, like The Chronicles of Narnia, defines the standard for fantasy literature for children…. Tolkien’s works have attained classic status through their excellent story quality, deeply coherent story world, and a perceptive eye toward human nature. Christian thinkers especially appreciate that Tolkien’s stories, while not allegorical, are firmly rooted in a Christian view of the world.
Just as good stories help to create an emotional bond to goodness, family reading strengthens the family bond. Shared reading draws families together. It provides mutual delight and builds emotional bridges. It establishes intimacy between parent and child in a way that few other activities can match. — , Books That Build Character
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