"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."
What we read has such an impact on us, and I am always on the lookout for something that will inspire me to be a better person. Here is a sampling of books that have been in the teetering stack sitting on top of what is rumored to be my bedside table.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Biff and Becka's Stupendous Vacation, by Elaine Beachy, is a sweet little story that is probably best used as a read-aloud between parent (or grandparent) and child. Essentially, it's about a family who for financial reasons needs to scale their annual vacation back to a staycation.
In each chapter, a new part of the staycation is explored. The family goes to a water park and visits a Civil War museum, among other activities. Each chapter has something for a child to learn from - history, anti-bullying, science. The educational components of the book tend to be a bit overt and broad-based, which is why I think this book works better as a read aloud. I can't see children picking this book up strictly for the entertainment value. The accompanying discussion topics for each chapter would be helpful to any adult choosing to read this book with a child.
I recommend this book as a read aloud for Christian families with children in first through third grades.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Three out of Five Stars
Saturday, October 10, 2015
The Berenstain Bears' Harvest Festival, by Mike Berenstain, is a sweet little anecdote about everyone's favorite family from Bear Country. It is one of the recent Berenstain Bears faith stories, written by the son of the series creators.
Papa, Mama, and the cubs take a break from their fall work to attend a harvest festival at the local church. While there, they learn about their many blessings, and they participate in a prayer of thanksgiving.
It is a cute little book, although it lacks the plotline of the originals that is so riveting to young readers. There is no problem or resolution. It's just a tale of thanksgiving and a participation in a church event. The illustrations aren't as vibrant as the originals, either. However, it's a nice little addition to a church or home library that aims to instill faith in its youngsters.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Three out of Five Stars