Little Book, Big Story

Peter’s First Easter, by Walter Wangerin, Jr.

Last week, I voiced some rather strong opinions about Bible stories that put peripheral characters in starring roles, but after rereading Petook to my children and preparing to review today’s book, Peter’s First Easter, I realized that […]

Apr, 18

The Donkey Who Carried a King, by R.C. Sproul

If there’s any approach to telling a Bible story that makes me immediately suspicious, it’s the one where an author frames the story within a neat moral. And if there’s any approach to telling a […]

Apr, 11

Petook, by Caryll Houselander

I have good news for you, and I have bad news. I’m going to operate off the assumption that you, like me, would rather hear the worst first, so here’s the bad news: Petook is out […]

Apr, 04

Treasures of the Snow, by Patricia St. John

I suppose there are other authors out there who can work the entire Gospel seamlessly into a book without employing allegory or constricting either the characters or the plot, but I have yet to encounter […]

Mar, 28

Noah’s Ark, by Jerry Pinkney

You know the story of Noah, don’t you? Of course you do. Even if you avoid the Bible out of principle, it’s hard to miss Noah and his crew, given their perpetual presence in wooden […]

Mar, 21

Featured Author: Madeleine L’Engle

In response to the question, “What is today?”, please select one of the following: a) your birthday b) Daylight Savings c) the first anniversary of Little Book, Big Story If you selected a), happy birthday! I […]

Mar, 14

Saint Patrick, by Jonathan Rogers

I found my copy of Saint Patrick  in the vast and vaguely arranged “Religion” section of my favorite used bookstore, and based upon the cover, size and topic of the book, I expected a snappy, action-packed narrative–the man was […]

Mar, 07

Eight Cousins, by Louisa May Alcott

One of  the quirks about having only daughters is that, unless you happen to have a pack of boy cousins handy, your girls might find the behavior of boys a bit shocking. You see, our […]

Feb, 28

Psalms for Young Children, by Marie-Helene Delval

When it comes to the Psalms, I’ll be honest: they contain certain passages that aren’t exactly suited to small ears. And somehow, like a ship out of the fog, you never quite see those passages […]

Feb, 21