Posts tagged with Persistence
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.
4 February 2013 - Book Review: Are You My Mother?
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Are You My Mother, a simple, well-loved classic, opens with a mother bird sitting on her egg. When it begins to move, she leaves to find some food for her anticipated baby. In her absence, the egg hatches, and the hatchling sets out in search of his mother… This is a great read-aloud for preschoolers, who will identify with the baby bird’s fear at being separated from his parents… It’s also a good easy reader, although a student who has had the book read aloud in preschool may view it as babyish.
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.
4 October 2010 - Book Review: A New Coat for Anna
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Based on a true story, this book dramatizes all the steps in old-fashioned textile production… Mother’s quiet persistence in providing for her daughter provides an example of love, courage and ingenuity in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds.
28 August 2010 - Book Review: The Very Busy Spider
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. In this pleasant sequel to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle introduces a spider who, carried by the wind, lands on a fence post and begins to spin her web… The spider’s example of steady, goal-oriented and satisfying work is a good model for children who need to grow up into productive adults.
5 July 2010 - Book Review: Ginger Pye
Age 08-12. 5 Stars. Jerry and Rachel Pye make a companionable team, from their cheerful “Boombernickles” word game and outdoor explorations, to their acquisition of their family’s new puppy, Ginger… Ginger Pye combines a warmly written, empathetic, and often funny portrayal of a loving family with an engaging mystery to be solved, and concludes with a quite satisfying resolution.
3 July 2010 - Book Review: The Trumpet of the Swan
Age 08-12. 5 Stars. Louis, a trumpeter swan, was hatched without a voice and so is unable to win a mate, even though with the help of his human friend Sam, he has learned to read and write… The reader will finish the book not only having had a good time, but appreciating the value of love and music, work and family, as well as knowing a little more about the habits of trumpeter swans. It’s an outstanding choice for a read-aloud.
6 May 2010 - Book Review: Misty of Chincoteague
Age 08-12. 5 Stars. Paul and Maureen, two siblings living on Chincoteague Island, are rambling together one day when they spot a wild mare. Transfixed by her beauty, they set about earning money to buy her… This story provides a view of a close friendship between siblings, an interesting and challenging goal for both protagonists, healthy family relationships, and respect for authority. It is romantic, refreshing, and inspiring, full of beauty and life.
13 April 2010 - Book Review: Sarah Whitcher’s Story
Age 04-08. Little Sarah Whitcher, left in the charge of her older siblings while her parents leave their New Hampshire cabin for the day, wanders away and is lost in the woods… Although the tale ends happily, it is a “scarer,” and may not be suited to more sensitive listeners. But for those who are able to handle Sarah’s real danger, it provides a wonderful, suspenseful adventure, gives a glimpse of early New Hampshire life, and portrays a tight-knit, loving family.
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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