“Let us remember that love lives through sacrifice and is nourished by giving. Without sacrifice, there is no love.” – St. Maximilian Kolbe
AR4.2 [0.5 points]
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The Legend of the
Bluebonnet is definitely my favorite Tomie dePaola book. This beautiful story shows how the selfless
giving of an ordinary, little Comanche girl accomplishes something quite extraordinary
and saves her people.
The Comanche people, especially the young and old, are
suffering greatly during what seems like an endless drought. They pray to the Great Spirits and ask what
they must do to end this devastating trial.
The shaman also prays to the Great Spirits, and when he returns from his
private prayer time, he tells them the drought is a result of their selfishness.
They must sacrifice their most valued possessions as an offering, and then
spread the ashes to the points of the earth.
If they do this, the drought and famine will end. The People are relieved they have an
answer. They acknowledge their most
prized possessions and talk about why each article is special, but in the end each
person decides that the Great Spirits surely isn’t asking forhis
or her particular item.
“You have taught me, O God, from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds. And now that I am old and grey, O God, forsake me not, till I proclaim your strength to every generation that is to come.” – Psalm 71:17-18
3.4 AR [0.5
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Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs is a true story based on Tomie dePaola’s early life. His close relationship with his grandmothers is very touching. Besides the obvious love Tommy has for his grandmothers, he also experiences the sad reality of grief from their deaths, which may be difficult for sensitive children. During his healing however, he begins to understand that the love of his grandmothers is never lost or forgotten. It will always be a cherished memory in his heart.
“I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.”– Saint Dominic Savio
Reading Level: 3.1 (according to Scholastic)
AR Reading Level: 3.7
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The Clown of God is a story about Giovanni, a remarkable Italian juggler, who performed for royalty and became very famous.
Giovanni’s early life was definitely a harsh existence. As a matter of fact, as a young boy Giovanni was an orphan who had to beg for food. It was when he witnessed an ensemble of actors performing before an audience that a yearning began to grow in his heart. He was begrudgingly given a chance to join the group after he demonstrated his amazing juggling skills. He then added a bit of flare to his act by dressing as a clown. Continue reading A Simple Gift of Love: A Review of ‘The Clown of God’→