Posts tagged with Strong Families
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.
25 October 2011 - Book Review: How to Heal a Broken Wing
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. This touching book tells the story of young Will and his parents, who find a hurt pigeon outside the subway and bring it home to care for it until it can fly again. The story is deceptively simple, but is presented with a depth of empathy that provokes reflection.
27 August 2011 - Book Review: Hurricane
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Hurricane opens with a family preparing for an oncoming storm… Throughout the story is a deep sense of serenity: the tape on the storm door forms two silly faces, the children lounge comfortably indoors while gazing at the storm outside, and Mom calmly wraps protective arms around the younger brother while Dad tends the fire. The warmth of the indoor scenes contrasts sharply against the swirling darkness outside… With its excellent artwork, accurate portrayal of a tropical storm, depiction of a strong family, and emphasis on healthy imaginative play, this is a fine read-aloud choice for almost any elementary reader.
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.
28 February 2011 - Book Review: Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. This energetic book depicts a 1950′s Northeastern family on a trip into town… This book has all the qualities toddlers love: predictability, simple slapstick hilarity, rhythm, and drama mixed with a warm family dynamic. Adults will enjoy reading it aloud, and there is enough complexity to draw in older elementary children.
15 December 2010 - Book Review: Feast for 10
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Feast For 10 is a warm, rhythmic story about a family taking a trip to the grocery store and preparing a meal to enjoy together.
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.
16 November 2010 - Book Review: God Found Us You
Age 00-04. 5 Stars. There is a growing corpus of books for children about adoption, and many are boring, sentimental, or oppressively serious. This one is a refreshing change.
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. [...]
Let everyone who is a good and true Christian understand that truth belongs to his Master, wherever it is found. — , Howie 350-351, quoted in The Christian Imagination, Ryken, p. 5
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