After reading the book Scribbleville with Caroline I knew it was one that we needed to review. It is a beautiful story that eloquently teaches childre...moreAfter reading the book Scribbleville with Caroline I knew it was one that we needed to review. It is a beautiful story that eloquently teaches children not to be afraid of people who are different.
This would be the ideal read for a children’s lesson on:
scribbletolerance kindness the acceptance of others being oneself opposites (scribbles vs. straight) families friends children’s influence (the hero is a child) the parts of a good story character development art theory (turning scribbles into pictures)
Fascinating NDE read but it left me shaking my head in wonder at its possible truthfulness. I googled the author afterward and wasn't surprised at her...moreFascinating NDE read but it left me shaking my head in wonder at its possible truthfulness. I googled the author afterward and wasn't surprised at her religious affiliation. I think she mixed in some of our Mormon doctrine with her experience.... Meaning I don't think she could actually experience and/or remember all that she shares...such as long chapters on how we all need to be living. She cites her foundation as communication directly from Jesus. I feel like a doubting Thomas although I really would like to believe every last word because I don't disagree philosophically with any of it. I just read another review who cited her 2 star rating based in the information dumping tendency of the book. That's exactly how I felt. Just tell your darn story and quit mixing in all of your preaching...but maybe perhaps anyone who really did have a NDE really would have a hard time separating the experience with the preaching. (less)
I really enjoyed this NDE book. This is the third NDE book I've read and I am fascinated by all the similarities in experiences across the board. This...moreI really enjoyed this NDE book. This is the third NDE book I've read and I am fascinated by all the similarities in experiences across the board. This was an enjoyable quick read that inspired me to live with more child-like faith. I definitely agree with many others on their skepticism of the pastor dad. I do love Ron Hall's writing style...I think he could make the phone book into a good story....which is about all he may have had to work with going into this story.(less)
Fifteen years ago (a little before Elissa Wall's time) my parents helped a whole family adapt into regular society upon leaving the FLDS compound in S...moreFifteen years ago (a little before Elissa Wall's time) my parents helped a whole family adapt into regular society upon leaving the FLDS compound in Southern Utah. The Musser's consisted of a mom and a dad and four children (14 and under). They hadn't hadn't been "blessed" with a second wife, (often this privilege was only allotted to the church's most elite) but he and his wife became extremely uncomfortable when talk of having their 14 year old daughter married off surfaced. They broke free by living in my parent's basement for almost a year. My parents had the privilege of teaching them a lot of stuff they didn't know about regular society and they developed an extremely close relationship with the Mussers that they maintain to this day.
Because I was slightly acquainted with the Musser's and their background, a lot of this book didn't totally shock me, but many parts still did. For instance, the FLDS's practice of taking a mother and her children away from their husband/father and giving them to another man. If I thought that polygamy was crazy, this reality was even crazier.
I finished this book with a deep detest for Warren Jeffs and a great love and admiration for Elissa Wall. It was a great read. Eye-opening doesn't do my experience with this well-written story justice. This book effected me deeply. It made me grateful for my liberties, but it also made me question my own religious practices...in a good way. Great read.(less)
I loved it. It's fun. It's funny. The illustrations are great. It keeps your interest with the catchy rhymes. Then, as if I needed an additional selli...moreI loved it. It's fun. It's funny. The illustrations are great. It keeps your interest with the catchy rhymes. Then, as if I needed an additional selling point, there is a CD.
Oh my goodness, I fell in love with John Lithgow all over again. What a fun and catchy song! Kids can listen to the song and use the book to help them with their sight reading. It's genius.
If you need any more selling points:
1- The book is about dogs. All kids love dogs.
2- The book can be used for a great comparison lesson. How are the two dogs the same? How are they different?
3- The book could be turned into a really fun skit or puppet show.
4- Kids can participate with the well placed OOOOOO's.
I give the book 5 stars. Caroline (my 4 year old) on the other hand gives it 6. Six out of five.
This is a fantasy novel about a feuding land of clansman who have been overtaken by evil powers and are currently living in a war-torn state under the...moreThis is a fantasy novel about a feuding land of clansman who have been overtaken by evil powers and are currently living in a war-torn state under the oppression of an evil dragon who seems indestructible. I would also (as a female reader) call this book a great love story. Unlike other fantasy novels, I believe this book will have a great appeal to female readers. The book incorporates the lives of a royal heiress who is destined for great power gifted by the Gods of the fantasy world with a courageous ruffian who not only has subtle sex appeal, but is more importantly a man of strong character and loyalties. The pair change their world through loyalty to one another, dedication to their land, and wisdom and courage. Their adventures in the book are paced impeccably and also carry a great element of adventure that is not at all predictable. The mystery also added to the appeal of this fantasy novel. (less)
Have you ever looked at a person with heavy physical ailments who cannot communicate and wished you could peek inside their little brain? Well, this b...moreHave you ever looked at a person with heavy physical ailments who cannot communicate and wished you could peek inside their little brain? Well, this book is your miracle waiting to happen. What you will discover you may expect..their brain isn't small at all...in fact their brain is HUGE with not just capacity to learn but to feel and love also.
I cannot give this book the review it deserves. It was beautiful! Just beautiful. More than likely the best read I've had this year. It changed me. It made me want to love more and understand better and respect to a greater degree the mentally and physically challenged people with whom I come in contact. (less)