“Continue, dear young men, to give the best of yourselves in sports competitions, always remembering that the competitive spirit of the sportsman, though so noble in itself, must not be an end in itself, but must be subordinated to the far more noble requirements of the spirit. Therefore, while I repeat to you: be good sportsmen, I also say to you: be good citizens in family and social life, and, even more, be good Christians, who are able to give a superior meaning to life, in such a way as to be able to put into practice what the Apostle Paul said about athletes to Christians of his time: ‘Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it … They (athletes) do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable’” (l Cor 9:24-25).—Saint Pope John Paul II from his address to the Bologna Soccer Team, December 9, 1978
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Kwame Alexander’s book The Crossover would’ve made my basketball-lovin’ heart oh so happy back when I was in middle school. Alexander uses poetry to write so passionately about the sport and brings in a close family to add to the drama of the novel. Continue reading The Games In Which We Compete: A Review of ‘The Crossover’ and ‘Booked’
“Every person’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s fingers.” –Hans Christian Anderson
Grade 5 [The text could likely be read independently by a student whose reading skills are at the level of a typical fifth grader.]
Grades of 3-8
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The Wishing Spell is a story about a brother and sister named Alex and Connor Bailey, twins who are individually quite unique. Alex is an intelligent and resourceful girl who spends a great deal of time reading alone and isolating herself from those who consider her different. Connor, on the other hand, is a very popular boy who finds school a challenge and sometimes feels that no matter how hard he tries he just doesn’t measure up. He has trouble staying awake in school because, well, most lessons are just not interesting or relevant. The twins do share two very important things in common however. They love fairy tales. Their father and grandmother have been telling them fairy tales since they were very young. Those family times are some of their best memories. Alex even wonders what it would be like to live in a fairy tale of her imagination. The twins also share a great sorrow. Their dad was killed in an accident and even though it was a year ago they still grieve so much that “sometimes they expect their sadness to swell out of their bodies”. Continue reading Venture Forth: A Review of ‘The Wishing Spell’ (Land of Stories #1)
I can’t believe it’s been a year since we started our tiny blog. Our hope was to review wonderful books parents could read with their kids and suggest great Catholic lessons to go along with them. We also hoped to provide a place for parents to look for help with determining if books were healthy for their older kids. Hopefully we are doing what we set out to do and we are incredibly grateful for those of you who have read us and shared us and supported us!
A lot has changed in our lives over the last year and we thank you for standing by us as we worked through some kinks and built our base of reviews. We absolutely love being able to share our thoughts with you and we are grateful that we have been given this forum. We hope you stay with us as we continue to grow and learn.
In honor of our first year, here are our top shared reviews! If you missed them, be sure to check them out…and maybe add them to your summer reading list! Click on any picture for more information! Continue reading One Year with Lit By the Tree! Thank you !