Posts tagged with Stealing
10 December 2014 - Book Review: Irving and Muktuk: Two Bad Bears
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. If sly hilarity and perfectly-paced comedic gags are your thing, you’ll love this series… Not everyone will love a children’s series dedicated to the criminal exploits of two polar bears driven by an insatiable desire for muffins. Some parents might feel the author treats stealing too lightly. But it’s clearly a fantasy, and the bears’ bumbling attempts never lead them into violence. For a perceptive readership, parents might even have a discussion about how when you lack self-control, you make foolish decisions that get you into trouble. This isn’t a moral story, but it happens in a moral world, where the bears’ outlandish behavior leads to consequences.
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.
20 November 2014 - Book Review: This is Not My Hat
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Here’s another hat-stealing yarn from Jon Klassen… This another well-crafted, highly accessible object lesson in ironic humor: The thief repeatedly makes claims the reader knows are false, and our ability to be “in the know” makes the final confrontation utterly satisfying.
19 November 2014 - Book Review: I Want My Hat Back
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. A bear realizes his hat is missing and goes to look for it… It makes a lousy moral story. But it’s not a moral story – it’s a joke, and a more complex one than you usually find at this reading level. The irony of both characters defensively lying in a way that betrays their own guilt is screamingly hilarious to elementary-aged children (at least once they understand the joke). The illustrations aren’t spectacular, but the well-crafted, meticulously timed humor is really worth reading.
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.
14 June 2010 - Book Review: The Wind in the Willows
Age 08-12. A lonely mole, exasperated with Spring cleaning, abandons his home and goes for a long jaunt ending at a river, where he meets a friendly river rat… Thus follow some of the most implausible and wonderful adventures ever to enthrall a young reader. The story delights with what C.S. Lewis calls “scandalous escapism,” yet within the animals’ adventures, dangers, and reveries, if you are looking for them, you will find timeless moral qualities: the value of friendship, the beauty of unblinking courage, and the consequences of foolishness. It really should not be missed.
29 September 2009 - Book Review: Flat Stanley
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Stanley is an ordinary boy whose life changes when a large bulletin board falls on him during the night, flattening him to a thickness of a half-inch…. This whimsical fantasy is entirely enjoyable, and what it lacks in depth of plot and character development (no pun intended), it makes up for in imagination.
15 August 2009 - Book Review: The Legend of the Christmas Rose
Age 04-08. 2 Stars. This story is one of several Swedish legends explaining why the Christmas Rose blooms in winter…. The story hinges on whether Robber Father can be forgiven, and in the end he is pardoned on the basis of the miracle, with no expression of contrition for his theft. The lay brother, in contrast, having realized his error in judging Robber Father, spends the rest of his life in penitence. Robber Father is met with warm acceptance, the lay brother with clinging guilt. This leads me to conclude that this is not so much a story about forgiveness, but is more of a moralistic story about religious self-righteousness.
14 August 2009 - Book Review: The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night: An Old Song
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night is a wonderful old folk song telling the ageless story of a fox who raids a farmer’s goose house and brings his kill home to his family. Peter Spier’s detailed and charming drawings bring the story to dramatic life with alternately black-and-white and colored illustrations…. The story is good enough to be enjoyed for its own sake, but also may provide an opportunity to discuss themes such as creation stewardship, ownership, theft, and animal predatory behavior.
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.
Imagination is the key to killing boredom. We must imagine ways to say truth for what it really is. And it is not boring. God’s world – all of it – rings with wonders. — , God Is Not Boring
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