This is a story about Jagger Burns a reluctant hero. He is a young man that finds escape in a world of his own creation. The world that Jagger created had elements of Greek and Norse mythology woven in. This was a great way to learn a little bit about both mythologies and how each has so much in common. The short stories from each were interesting but gruesome and barbaric at the same time as mythology is.
My complaint is that I just couldn’t identify with Jagger, if I could have seen why he was this way or what his motivation was perhaps it would make it easier. It also took him a long time to snap out of his troubles in order to save two worlds! Overall it was an interesting concept. I would definitely say that this is a book for high school aged and older, solidly young adult.
King Big Bear is about the animals in Germany set several hundred years ago. The kind and benevolent king of that kingdom is Big Bear. Despite having all the wealth and devotion of the animals, Big Bear isn’t happy. He discovers that having a baby animal would help him be happy and he adopts a young wolf cub. The adventure that follows is filled with a magical wizard and lots of forest animals.
Here’s what I like about the book: it has two very important messages. The first is about adoption and this is from a parent’s perspective. It portrays all the love that a parent has for the adopted child. The second is about cruelty to animals and how it is not okay in any form. I think both points are well conveyed in this classic fairy tale-esque format.
I would recommend this book for children 7-8 years of age and older since there is some death and killing involved. I would also make the same age recommendation since this does talk about the parent’s perspective towards adoption and the loneliness one can feel without a child/ cub. Overall, I would give it four stars out of five. It is a great starter book when trying to introduce adoption or animal rights to a child.
Gifts to our children is about just that, the gifts that we choose to give to our children. It is more about the attitudes we teach them, consciously or subconsciously. The author tries to explain her point of view through instances in her own life. It is a really interesting perspective as a lot of it is about life far away from the United States.
Mary speaks from experience but the tone of the book starts to lean towards being preachy. I find that I disagree with a few of her view points as well. However, one must recognize that parenting is such a personal choice that there really is no one size fits all.
I would say read this book with an open mind as the underlying message is beautiful. I like the concept and even if I don’t agree with everything in the book; I do find myself analyzing what I would like to pass on to my daughter. I believe that was the main purpose of the book: to make the reader realize how a child learns.
” Children learn by what they see. What you live is what you give.”
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As I sit with my family on Christmas Eve, I can’t help thinking how happy and perfect everything is. Oops! Hope I didn’t jinx it! Don’t get me wrong. We have our share of money issues and don’t even get me started on family but I have so much to be grateful for.
I have a beautiful daughter, a supportive and loving husband. I even have a great relationship with my sisters and parents. I have a great job, even though it has its stressful moments. I actually love what I do. I will elaborate on that at some other time.
What is really bothering me however, is all this mindless shooting. First that theater and now an elementary school. I am sure it bothers anyone that hears about it. I really can not think of a good solution for this problem. I understand the constitution and the right to bear arms. I chose to not have guns in my house however, I grew up with them in our house. There is just no way to guarantee that a crazy or mentally ill person will not get their hands on a gun. I mean aren’t drugs illegal?!
May be the solution is education? What if we taught every child the value of life? Moral education would help too. Just like talking to your children about drugs or smoking seems to be helping to reduce the number of smokers, I think this conversation might help more children ask for help sooner. No one can really get to the point of shooting someone overnight, right? It must have been coming on for a while.
So, as I sit with my family on Christmas Eve, I sure hope we come up with a solution that actually helps instead of blaming everything under the sun. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!