“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” -Aristotle
Grades 2-4, (Ages 7-9) 3.8
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Danger! Tiger Crossing is the first book
in the Fantastic Frame series. This
exciting story is filled with mystery, interesting characters, and a bit of a Jumanji flavor that will surely attract
the reader from the first chapter.
The main character, Tiger, is an interesting boy who
thoughtfully observes his surroundings, analyzes clues, and then works to solve
problems. And the problems he faces in
this adventure are extraordinary. His
story begins when his little sister reports that she has seen an orange pig in
the backyard. This statement is so
unbelievable that Tiger resolves to prove the pig lives in his sister’s
imagination. While he is examining the
scene, he actually sees the pig in his neighbor’s yard wearing a top hat and a
bow tie. He also meets Luna, a neighbor. Tiger and Luna approach things from different
angles, but these differences come in very handy as complications present
Continue reading A Reason For Everything: A review of ‘Danger! Tiger Crossing’ (#1 of the Fantastic Frame Series)
“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.” – St. John Paul II
Grades 1-4, Ages 6-9
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Holmes Garcia is a budding artist who illustrates her actual life experiences
along with some very original daydreams.
Her drawings are not always restricted to her trusty journal however. She has been known to draw on her little
brother, the walls, and even the television. Her family is usually very supportive of her
enthusiasm unless her art extends beyond her notebook.
It is obvious that Bea’s family and home are very important
to her – the center of her world. That expands a bit when she happily meets her
first best friend on her 5th birthday. The girls are kindred spirits
from their first introduction. They do
everything together: draw, learn new things, and even share a magic tree in the
backyard where their imaginations are truly free.
Continue reading A Restless Imagination: A Review of ‘My Life in Pictures (Bea Garcia)’
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying good-bye so hard.” – Winnie the Pooh [A. A. Milne]
Grade 2 [Scholastic]
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James Pompaday and Marvin
are the best of friends even though James is a boy and Marvin is a beetle. They truly enjoy each other’s company and devotedly
support one another. Their friendship is
tested when James spends a week at a summer camp and Marvin has to stay home.
Marvin is troubled and wonders if James will think about him while he’s gone or
even find a new friend to replace him, which would be the worst outcome.
Continue reading A TESTED FRIENDSHIP: A REVIEW OF ‘THE MINIATURE WORLD OF MARVIN AND JAMES’
“God desires from you the least degree of purity of conscience more than all the works you can perform.”
–St. John of the Cross
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Pictures Bad Pictures was challenging because of the subject matter. The message is meant to introduce children to
a “safe and healthy media experience.” I
feel the book handles this very serious topic with simple honesty and an
effective, valuable plan. We want our children to be safe especially in today’s
world, but this grandma’s heart is ever so sad and troubled that very young children
must be armed against such an evil reality.
Continue reading A PROACTIVE PLAN: A REVIEW OF ‘GOOD PICTURES BAD PICTURES JR.’
” We need saints to live in the world, to sanctify the world and to not be afraid of living in the world by their presence in it. We need saints that drink Coca-Cola, that eat hot dogs, that surf the internet and that listen to their iPods. We need saints that love the Eucharist, that are not afraid or embarrassed to eat a pizza or drink a beer with their friends. We need saints who love the movies, dance, sports, theater. We need saints that are open sociable normal happy companions. we need saints who are in this world and who know how to enjoy the best in this world without being callous or mundane. We need saints.” –Saint Pope John Paul II
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I was so excited when this book first came out. First of all, I am a HUGE fan of the short story genre. It was my favorite thing to read in school and my favorite to teach to my freshmen in high school. Truly great writers can tell such a good story with only a few pages.
It’s also no secret that I’m a fan of Catholic fiction for young readers. Most YA literature is full of vices of the modern world. Sex, drugs, violence….the list goes on and on. It feels so safe to have Catholic writers compile good stories for teens to read.
Continue reading THe Strength of Young People: A Review of ‘Secrets: Visible and Invisible’
Lent is not my favorite season. There. I said it out loud. It’s a rough one for me, but I’m making a serious effort NOT to pass my ‘bad attitude’ towards this holy time down to my children.
I’ve looked for ways to teach my young kids about their relationship with God and helping others and making sacrifices during the Lenten season. Each year I work to try new things and see what works and what doesn’t. (Let’s be real, there’s been a lot that hasn’t worked!) Last year we did the Jesus Tree from Nancy over at Catholic Sprouts. My kids LOVED it! (You can buy it here.) So we are planning to do it again this year. And I have a few new ideas up my sleeve. (Backyard stations of the cross? We shall see!)
But as you all know, I love books. There’s no better way to teach kids than by curling up with them to read a book. Most holidays and seasons are FULL of book lists, but Lent is one that doesn’t have quite so many options.
This is why I’ve put this list together! Consider it my Lenten offering to you. I’ve tried to give as many options as possible. One for each day of Lent if necessary! This list is full of prayer books, reflection books, beautiful picture books, religious stories retold, Catholic fiction stories, stories of sacrifice, and stories of giving to others.
So, this Lent, find some books that might work for you and your family and have blessed, beautiful, and holy Lent!
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Books of Prayer/Reflection for Children
Continue reading 40 Books for the Forty Days of Lent