“The cost of obedience is small compared with the cost of disobedience.” – Saint Augustine
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is an excellent story about the
virtue of obedience and the promblematic consequences of disobedience. The story revolves around a devoted family
that includes twins, Samantha and Nicholas.
Their eighth birthday approaches and as with all soon-to-be eight year
olds, excitement is at a peak. The
children wonder if they will receive the gifts they long for, and Nick cannot
wait to see what his parents bought him.
He and Samantha sneak a peek at their wrapped gifts, but nothing goes as
planned. There are regrets and consequences
for their actions. Nick just doesn’t
understand why his parents are so upset or that their disobedience has created
a broken trust.
A.A. Milne once wrote “Good judgment comes from
experience, and experience – well, that comes from poor judgment.” The twins certainly rack up a lot of
experience in this story! While at a
public pool, Samantha’s father actually has to save her life because of her disobedience. On the twins’ actual birthday, the family
plans a special family hike. Before they
begin, both Samantha and Nicholas ignore their parents’ advice to be better
prepared and suffer the consequences.
Then, impatient Nicholas ignores his dad and goes to an abandoned barn.
Let’s just say a run in with a family of skunks is a very powerful lesson! Yet
even after suffering all those very tough consequences, Nick chooses to ignore
his parents one last time. He secretly takes all the money from his bank and
buys some so called amazing items from an older nieghborhood boy. On the way home he falls and all his items
break. He is alone with the damage of
his disobedience once again. This time
he fully examines his actions over the last few days and it’s not a proud
moment for him. Then who should come
looking for him but his father! Nick asks for forgiveness and understands that
he is able to start over because of the love and forgiveness he receives.
Continue reading Choices: A Review of ‘Perfect Gifts’ (from THe Adventures of Nick and Sam, Book 1)
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another:
‘What? You, too? I thought I was the only one.'”–CS Lewis
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Raymie Clarke’s father has left her family for a dental hygienist, but she has a plan to bring him home. She will win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, he will see her picture in the paper, and he will come home. All she has to do is learn how to twirl a baton.
It is in her incredibly awkward baton twirling class that Raymie meets her two greatest friends, Louisiana Elefante and Beverly Tapinski. Though each girl has different motives for wanting to learn to twirl a baton and join the contest, they realize that they all care about each other very much, and their very different personalities don’t stop them from having a few adventures together.
Continue reading Not the Only One: A Review of ‘Raymie Nightingale’
“Come to the beach, where the sea is blue, and little white waves come running at you. A wave comes splashing, over your toes. You just stand still, and away it goes. We’ll build a castle down by the sea, and look for shells if you’ll come with me.” – Anonymous
AR 2.5 (0.5 points)
There are no concerns with this book.
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Henry and Mudge and the Forever Sea is
the sixth book in a series of twenty-eight beginning chapter books for emerging
readers. In this particular episode,
Henry, his dad, and his pet dog, Mudge, spend a fun filled day the beach.
“The ocean was waiting.
It was blue and white and forever.”
finally arrive they immediately run for the water. Henry and Dad are very brave playing in the
big waves, but Mudge isn’t quite so sure about the surf. He prefers the beach and a nice snooze in the
sand. Besides the water fun, Dad and
Henry build a sand castle and eat hot dogs and snow cones. There is a bit of
excitement when a large, unexpected wave covers the castle and loyal Mudge
bravely rescues Dad’s favorite red lobster. Their day ends with a pleasant walk
on the beach. It is definitely a father-son-dog
day to remember.
Continue reading Fun at the Beach: A Review of ‘Henry and Mudge and the Forever Sea’
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” – C. S. Lewis
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If you are
looking for a book full of action, Prince
Martin Wins His Sword by Brandon Hale is a good choice. It is a story of
courage, friendship, and the strength and faithfulness of a father.
Prince Martin lives in a castle surrounded by knights, their
code of behavior, and their amazing weapons.
Martin aspires to have his very own sword one day. He also has an undisclosed dream to own a
faithful and brave dog, but the sword is his great desire. His father, the King, wisely makes the judgment
that Martin is much too young for a sword and that his staff and sling is
enough for him at this point in his life. He explains that when Martin demonstrates
that he is brave, loyal, and true, he will be deemed worthy to own a
sword. This is a goal Martin hopes to
reach, but he has no idea how he will achieve those very lofty traits.
Continue reading Demonstrating Character: A Review of ‘Prince Martin Wins his Sword’
“God is love. And we move toward the light to find the love of God. But is God’s love within us, even in the dark moments? Is the love of God there, hidden away? Yes, always! The love of God never leaves us. It is always with us. Do we trust in this love?”–Pope Francis, Address to Children 2014
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All of us need a little inspiration or daily reminders about the wonderful love of God. It’s easy to put Him on the back burner with the daily comings and goings of our lives, but Pope Francis encourages us to keep Him at the forefront in this lovely compilation of quotes.
The book is divided into six “chapters” with each being focused on a different aspect of love. Some of the titles include “I believe in love, and I want to love a lot” and “I believe in God’s patience, as good and welcoming as a summer’s night.” Each chapter then gives us many beautiful quotes by Pope Francis. The individual quotes are given their own pages with the date and time of the quote listed underneath.
I love quote books and this book is perfect for meditation at the beginning or end of each day. It serves as a wonderful daily reminder for each of us Catholics striving for sainthood. I personally think it would serve as a wonderful gift for anyone who loves to ponder and ruminate on the teachings of the pope and the love of God.
Continue reading What is Love?: A Review of ‘Believe in Love: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis’