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The Book Tree: A Christian Reference for Children's Literature, 2nd Edition Paperback – September 9, 2008
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In a day and age when reading good books has never been of greater need for our children, parents and teachers owe Elizabeth McCallum and Jane Scott a deep debt of gratitude for the wonderful service they have provided by compiling this updated second edition of their book. It is a mandatory companion for any home or school. ---Patch Blakey, Executive Director, The Association of Classical & Christian Schools
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So far, I heartily concur with the mother and daughter team who wrote the book: there is much that is distasteful and just plain mean in modern books. As Westerners we have such a rich heritage of children's books that it is a true shame to bypass the tried and true for the latest fad. I could see this book having been a great help to me while I was homeschooling my kids, but I still plan to enjoy the new treasures it leads me to. In my homeschool I tried to strike a balance between fiction and nonfiction, between old and new, between hopeful and despairing (wanting to let my kids know of the great despair that exists in these days). Always I looked for the best of the best--the best writing, the best illustrations, the most human and spiritual of themes.
Like the authors I too am guided by the Apostle Paul's recommendation to seek out what is "true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good reputation ("good report")" and to "think on these things." I am definitely not one to believe that we should dump all the wrongs of adult humanity onto children at too young an age. There is a need among the young for sweetness and light. However, as children grow they do need to be exposed to more of the ways of this troubled world. These book lists will help you protect your child as a young seedling and then help them mature into adults who want what is right and are willing to fight for it (in appropriate ways).
While the content is fantastic and informative, the books are alphabetized by title...what? Of course, ordering the titles on line is not an issue...but pursuing a brick and mortar store or even the library proves more difficult with a lot of flipping back and forth.
So, you type out the list and keep that with you. Because the list is just that good.
As with buying anything that one is not familiar with, it is great to have a recommendation. A starting point. This book is that. So if you are buying a gift for a new parent or teacher or your organization is starting up a library for kids, these gals have put together a great resource.
Buy with confidence!