Posts tagged with Responsibility
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.
27 August 2011 - Book Review: Storm in the Night
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This book, like Wiesner’s Hurricane, portrays a child facing a potentially frightening storm, and his fear is defused by the presence of a lovingly protective adult. In this book, however, the primary theme is that of dealing with fear. This conversation takes place in the context of a close, warm relationship, as Grandfather very gently uncovers Thomas’s feelings by identifying with him and providing an example of how he faced and overcame his own fear. By using a story about himself, he defuses the boy’s embarrassment at feeling afraid, and his calm demeanor creates a safe place for the boy to admit his vulnerability.
31 January 2011 - Book Review: Lionel and the Book of Beasts
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. The Book of Beasts is one of Edith Nesbit’s most exciting dragon stories… it is notable for placing a young child in a place of great responsibility, allowing him to exceed adult expectations by fulfilling the role of heroic monarch despite his age.
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.
2 August 2010 - Book Review: All Things Wise and Wonderful
Age 16-18. 5 Stars. This edition of James Herriot’s memoirs sees him being drafted into the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force to play his part during World War II, leaving behind his veterinary practice and his wife (now expecting young Jimmy).
16 July 2010 - Book Review: The Matchlock Gun
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Teunis and Gertrude Van Alstyne are Dutch homesteaders caught in the middle of the French and Indian War, and one night Teunis is called away to fight… There are few stories in which a child is given such an important and difficult task, and [ten-year-old Edward's] courage and responsibility are awe-inspiring.
8 July 2010 - Book Review: The Indian in the Cupboard
Age 08-12. 5 Stars. When Omri, a young English boy, puts a toy Indian in a medicine cabinet and turns a special key, the Indian magically comes to life… This is an entertaining, appealing story, in which an immature young man learns to take responsibility and show respect for others.
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.
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.
24 February 2010 - Book Review: The Little Riders
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. This riveting story gently introduces the pain and evil involved in World War II, without going into graphic detail about the horrors of the war. Johanna’s courage and loyalty are very admirable, and they seem to grow naturally in the context of her family’s values of love and courtesy. The book is written at a transitional reader’s level and (unlike most war stories) is appropriate for precocious pre-readers.
The Wart… did not like the grown-ups who talked down to him like a baby, but the ones who just went on talking in their usual way, leaving him to leap along in their wake, jumping at meanings, guessing, clutching at known words, and chuckling at complicated jokes as they suddenly dawned. He had the glee of the porpoise then, pouring and leaping through strange seas. — , The Sword in the Stone
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