- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: The Learning Parent; first edition (April 22, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 097776852X
- ISBN-13: 978-0977768523
- Package Dimensions: 9.2 x 9 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crossroads of Character: Learning to Make Wise Choices Hardcover – April 22, 2010
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From the Author
This book was written to help young children learn what character is all about, what God's Word has to say about it and how to practically apply it to everyday life. Character training has always been a huge focus as Rick and I have raised our 14 children through the years. Unless a child knows what character qualities mean, they are without the tools to strive to apply it in their lives. I used my grandchildren, the six cousins to help illustrate character in a fun way young children can relate to. In this book, your child will learn 12 character qualities and how to apply it to everyday life. It really does work! My grandchildren are learning what character is all about evidenced by their talking about it and reminding one another how to employ it in daily situations.
From the Inside Flap
It is our hope that this book will be a tool to help you guide your child in making wise choices and building the foundation on which to develop godly character in their lives. "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk int truth." John said in 3 John 1:4; and indeed there in nothing that warms a parents heart like watching their children choose the path of wisdom, and then pass the torch to the next generation as they seek to train up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Kate Boyer Brown and Marilyn Boyer
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A couple of times the book brought up that you should do the right thing because God is always watching you, and I think once one of the kids prayed for help to do the right thing and then she did.
I liked the photos. It made the stories more fun and made it feel like they were real kids, which they are. I am a photographer and yes, they are amateur pictures where the flash is used poorly and the photographer clearly does not notice lighting. But it didn't really bother me. It makes the book more human, more down to Earth.
It was clearly written by their grandmother. Many of the stories had the kids excited to go see Nana.
The author doesn't always start a new paragraph with the next person's dialogue, and the children's dialog is pretty unrealistic for the way children talk. Instead, it seems like the children are saying exactly what adults think they should be saying, big words and all. In that way, it is good because it shows children clearly what we want them to think and do. But no kid would ever say, "My lack of self-control caused you irritation."
I also did not like that in this 30 page book, the kids ate ice cream, baked cookies, and ate fudge. I'm trying not to have a lot of stuff that talks about junk food in the house.
This review makes it sound like the book isn't very good, but I did like it and am glad I got it. Physically it is a nice hardcover with nice glossy pages with pleasing colors. Whoever put this together has some graphical skills.
On the last page there are 3 family photos, one with the grandmother holding Kate (the other author and her daughter) as a baby, then both of them when she has her own baby, Lauren (one of the 6 cousins) and then a "current" picture with the three of them when Lauren is 3, the age she is in the book. Also on that page, it gives a website thelearningparent.com and direction to the accompanying curriculum called Character Concepts for Preschoolers that goes along with this book.
I was a little disappointed that there weren't any questions or ways to discuss the character traits brought up in the stories in this book.
All of that aside, anything that deals with character is a win in my book, and this does so in a straightforward way. The stories deal with things a kid might face in daily life. The parents are very clear in the beginning of each story what they expect from the kids, and then the kids struggle with themselves and end up making the right choices. They find out afterwards how right their parents were and end happy. They set good examples of what you want your kids to do. The parents praise the kids when they do a good thing.
The character qualities covered are obedience, patience, honesty, gratefulness, respectfulness, responsibility, initiative, diligence, kindness, self-control, contentment and sharing.
My only two criticisms would be that the photography is clearly amateur. It is well done for amateur photography but it made me cringe to see published photos taken with direct flash. If you're not a professional photographer, this probably won't bother you. Otherwise, the production quality is excellent. The pages are glossy and the book is beautiful.
And secondly, I am of the strong opinion that the King James Version of the Bible is not the best (nor even a good) translation. But there's only one verse for each character quality so that's minor.
Overall an absolutely phenomenal resource that I would highly, highly recommend.