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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Hillside Education; 1st edition (October 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976638673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976638674
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nancy is a Catholic wife and mother. She's a veteran homeschooler. In addition, Brown runs the American Chesterton Society Facebook Fan page, manages the Twitter and YouTube accounts, as well as podcasts for the show Uncommon Sense. Nancy is an award winning poet. She writes a regular column for Gilbert Magazine, as well as contributes articles, interviews, and book reviews to Gilbert and many other publications.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Miller VINE VOICE on November 14, 2007
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The Father Brown Reader is a new book that contains four adaptations of the Father Brown stories by G.K. Chesterton. Nancy Carpentier Brown has done the adaptations along with illustrations from Ted Schluenderfritz. The book is primarily designed for ages 9-12 and I think are quite perfect for this age group.

As an avid Chesterton fan myself and one who has read the various Father Brown mysteries a couple of times I believe the four selections of "The Blue Cross," "The Strange Feet," "The Flying Stars," and "The Absence of Mr. Glass." to be a very good representation to introduce children to the writing of Chesterton. I surely wish I had been and sadly never read anything from Chesterton until my forties and then read everything I could get my hands on. Please don't let this omission happen to your children.

The adaptations themselves work quite well for the target audience and highlight both the whimsy of Chesterton, but also the deeper truths contained in the stories. The illustrations go along perfectly with the stories and I think Chesterton himself would have approved of them. I wouldn't have thought the stories collected to be that adaptable for younger readers, but after reading the adaptations I can now see how much of Chesterton and aspects of his stories can carry over very well to this audience and really how much of his fiction has a child-like quality to them.

I had fun re-reading the adaptations even if I was already thoroughly acquainted with the stories and the illustrations went along perfectly.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Margaret M. Myers on November 15, 2007
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Delightful reading! Here are four mystery stories written for grade school children to understand and enjoy, yet interesting and thought-provoking enough for the most discerning adults as well.

Mrs. Brown selected stories to fit the emotional maturity of young readers. No murder mysteries are included. Instead the tales include burglary, misunderstanding, cunning, and surprise twists in Chesterton's unique style.

These adaptations provide an entertaining introduction to the writing of G. K. Chesterton, not only for children but for people of all ages.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James G. Bruen Jr. on April 15, 2008
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A perfect vehicle to introduce younger children to good mystery stories and to GK Chesterton, too. Adults will be impressed, too. The illustrations are delightful.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Snyder on November 29, 2007
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I'm sorry to say that I never had a chance to get to know G.K. Chesterton when I was young. My first encounter with him came from a friend who often quoted his works. I've just gotten to know Chesterton as an adult in the past year, and I'm so glad I have. Now, Nancy Carpentier Brown has given my children a chance to get to know this wonderful writer through her excellent adaptation of four Father Brown mysteries in The Father Brown Reader.

I read The Father Brown Reader aloud to our 12 and 8 year olds. We all delighted in these mysteries, as well as the wonderful illustrations, and upon finishing the last page both kids were begging for more, more, more Father Brown!

I would highly recommend The Father Brown Reader to any parent who would like to introduce their children to the writings of G.K. Chesterton.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Scheske on February 26, 2008
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Chesterton was a household name at the turn of the (19th to 20th) century. Many have forgotten about him, but an energetic literary renewal is taking place. Brown has made an important contribution to this renewal by making Chesterton's most famous fiction accessible to anybody. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa B. Brown on July 16, 2010
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My kids (boys 9, 6; girl 12; along with older siblings) have really enjoyed this book! Fr. Brown is a likable and entertaining man of the cloth and highly recommended. Enjoy this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Fig on May 22, 2009
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Part of my homeschooling curriculum...my son thought it was ok only because he wish it would have had more pages!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Reinhard VINE VOICE on June 11, 2010
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The stories in this collection are perfect for middle grade readers or for reading aloud to your favorite preschooler. They're amusing and unexpected in all the right ways. (I guess that makes them great for adults too...)

These adaptations will have you going back for the full-length originals. You'll enjoy them as much as your kids do, and maybe you'll have a chance to read the originals together too!
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