Little Book, Big Story

Summer Vacation! (Part I)

I’m taking a few weeks off from blogging to enjoy the berries, potlucks and long, lovely evenings of summer in the Pacific Northwest. I’ll be back around mid-August with more book reviews, but until then, I […]

Jul, 25

Tomie de Paola’s Book of Bible Stories

There is a spectrum of Bibles available for kids: at one end sits the actual Bible; at the other, the lovely picture books that give a faithful retelling of a single Bible story, many of […]

Jul, 18

The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner

My brother was whoever I told him to be when we played “Boxcar Children” under the great, drooping tree beside our house (I was usually Jessie, but sometimes Violet). I read the whole series ravenously […]

Jul, 11

Deeply Rooted magazine, Issue 2: Plant

I hope you know by now that I’m not interested in selling things to you. The books on this blog have turned up in libraries and secondhand bookstores, on the shelves of friends and as gifts. […]

Jul, 04

The Lightlings, by R.C. Sproul

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time at all, you’ve heard about R.C. Sproul. You know that he writes parables for children that encapsulate the Gospel and that he favors the […]

Jun, 27

A Wrinkle in Time (and more!), by Madeleine L’Engle

In the past, I’ve been pretty bossy about reading series in their entirety. I came down pretty hard on you about The Chronicles of Narnia (all of them), Anne of Green Gables and the Little […]

Jun, 20

To Every Thing There is a Season, by Jude Daly

“To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). Those words and the verses that follow them hold the whole of our earthly lives in brackets. They have […]

Jun, 13

Does God Know How to Tie Shoes?, by Nancy White Carlstrom

I’d hazard a guess that anyone who spends time with a child of three or four is familiar with one simple word: “Why?” It is endless in its variations, relentless in its application, and astonishing in its […]

Jun, 06

The Cay, by Theodore Taylor

I have few specific memories of my time in Mr. Gosda’s eighth grade class: learning to french braid my hair by watching Amanda, the girl seated in front of me, braid her own hair during Social Studies; […]

May, 30