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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.
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.
15 November 2014 - Book Review: Tapenum’s Day
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. I’ll admit it. This is my favorite of Kate Waters’ historical reenactment series. It tells a story about Tapenum, a Wampanoag boy in the 1620′s… Even if you’re not particularly interested in Native American history and culture, this book rounds out the series by providing a short glimpse into what life was like for the majority of people in this country at the time the Pilgrims arrived. Additionally, Tapenum, young as he is, is focused on mastering the virtues that define manhood in his society. He’s likable and worthy of emulation.
14 November 2014 - Book Review: Samuel Eaton’s Day
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Samuel Eaton is a seven-year-old Pilgrim in 1627 Plymouth, a peer of Sarah Morton, and his story is another installment of Kate Waters’ historical reenactment series… It’s another great addition to a Thanksgiving read-aloud.
14 November 2014 - Book Review: Sarah Morton’s Day
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Here is another in Kate Waters’ historical-reenactment series. It follows the story of nine-year-old pilgrim Sarah Morton, based on a real girl at Plymouth Plantation who was nine in 1627…. This book provides a visual experience of what a pilgrim’s daily life might have been like, and as part of a Thanksgiving observance it provides a bit of realism to go with the turkey and nostalgia.
14 November 2014 - Book Review: On the Mayflower
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. On the Mayflower is the fourth in a series of historical-reenactment stories by Kate Waters… the great feature of this story is its carefully-researched setting and costumes. Many scenes evoke the feeling of actually being there. If you’re not able to actually visit the real Plimoth Plantation, this is the next best thing. It’s a really nice supplement to a study of the Pilgrims.
2 March 2013 - Book Review: The Donkey Who Carried a King
Rating: When I picked up this book I expected a straightforward retelling of the Easter events, with some explanation about the significance of the donkey in the Triumphal Entry. This is instead a moral lesson based on Matthew 20:28 – “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give [...]
13 May 2012 - Book Review: The Adventures of Pinocchio
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This wasn’t originally a children’s story, but it is a story about childhood and the taming of childish, reckless impulses. It’s a deeply moral tale… It isn’t, however, a Christian story. Unlike most Christian teachings, the moralism is sometimes quite heavy-handed, and penalties for disobedience are often gruesome. Pinocchio’s redemption ultimately comes from his own resolve to change when he sees the consequences of his behavior for himself and others. Because of this moral self-reliance, this story may not be a good match for children who are prone to self-righteousness.
11 October 2011 - Book Review: I’m Dirty
Age 00-04. The McMullan team serve up another trashy triumph, somehow making griminess funny, even to adults… This punchy, exuberant story expresses a deep delight in the pleasures of hard work, as well as fulfilling the fantasy of every frustrated, mud-loving preschooler in the world.
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.
Now we need to understand that what simply occupies our mind very largely governs what we do. It sets the emotional tone out of which our actions flow, and it projects the possible courses of action available to us. — , The Divine Conspiracy
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