“Time to plant my garden….or as the local bunnies call it, “my all-you-can-eat buffet.” – Maxine
Pre-K – Grade 3, Ages 3 – 8
AR 2.4 (0.5 points)
Review and Comments
No matter how carefully a project is planned, something may still go wrong with it. Mr. McGreely experiences this very thing when he plants his own garden so he can have wonderful fresh vegetables to eat. He works very hard to establish a healthy garden and is pleased and proud of his abundant yield. But as soon as the vegetables are ready to harvest, he finds evidence that three young and very hungry bunnies have nibbled on his plants. “Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!” Mr. McGreely is so angry he fortifies his garden with a fence that he is confident will do the trick. The next night and every night after that, however, it’s “Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!” as the bunnies continue to feast despite each new barrier Mr. Greely builds. In order to protect his garden, Mr. McGreely builds: a higher fence, a tall wooden wall, a trench, and an “enormous thing” with a lock. But as the story progresses it is obvious that nothing can stop those determined bunnies. Continue reading THe Best Laid Plans: A Review of ‘Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
“You are not alone, my child, and you must not be sad. I will be with you always, and my Immaculate Heart will be your comfort and the way which will lead you to God.” – Our Lady of Fatima (1917)
Review and Comments
Our Lady’s Wardrobe by Anthony DeStefano is a significant story that introduces children to the Blessed Mother through her apparitions [Our Lady of Nazareth, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of Knock, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima, and Our Lady of the Angels]. The artwork in this book is marvelous! Each familiar picture of Mary is beautifully illustrated and elegantly displays her gentleness and love. I found the pictures of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal wonderfully expressive. Following each illustration of Mary is a brief story about the apparition. Some pages are also embellished with intricate borders that enhance each story through color and design.
The story of Mary concludes with a beautiful prayer asking for her intercession. Then, readers will become familiar with three things they can do for Jesus and His mother. This gives children the opportunity to learn how each devotion brings us closer to Jesus through his mother. First and foremost, we are reminded that Mary’s mission is to lead us to her Son. “Mary, you are our Mother. Pray for us to your Son. Amen.”
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