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Honey for a Child's Heart Paperback – Deluxe Edition, April 29, 2002
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Hunt feels that good books feed the soul, teach values, and build character. When one connects with a character emotionally, lessons will naturally be learned from reading the story and getting to know and love the characters. Only good books fit the bill for nourishing the soul, only good books provide "honey". Hunt quotes Eric Fromm, who wrote that he feels that children need "milk" and "honey" to thrive: the milk is the parent providing for the child's physical needs, and the "honey" is the "sweetness of life, that special quality that gives the sparkle within a person". Hunt and Fromm agree that only a minority of children are receiving "honey" from their parents, a parent must first love honey and have it to give, and that not every parent has it to give. Hunt feels that "good books are rich in honey".
There are 124 pages of discussion about good books and the value of selecting good books. Good books make children wonder, laugh, and that contains spiritual, emotional, and intellectual dimensions. There is not much dedicated to selecting books for toddlers and preschoolers although there are plenty of books for that age range in the book list. Unlike other books, this is purely opinion and the author does not spend time discussing results from studies about reading aloud.Read more ›
But what really makes this book a treasure is the second half, which is an extensive annotated bibliography of books worth reading, arranged by their suitability for various ages. One might be tempted to quibble about a few favorite titles which have not been included, but you can't overlook the fact that this is a very comprehensive list that includes most children's classics and many more.Read more ›
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold;
Richer than I you can never be
I had parents who read to me.
How many parents enter the library or bookstore and stand there overwhelmed, staring helplessly at row upon row of titles unknown? So many books, so little time to choose what's best. Add to that the pressure that advertisers place on families: kids want to read what's new and fun, and prominently displayed in book club catalogues.
The temptation to let your kids choose what they want to read can be irresistible. It's the same with meals: how many kids beg for steamed broccoli over chocolate chip cookies? If we let our kids read only what they choose, they may never discover the wealth of outstanding books that are beyond their present tastes.
That's why Gladys Hunt's book, HONEY FOR A CHILD'S HEART, is a classic that should be underlined and dog-eared on every parent's bookshelf. The present edition has been revised four times since its first printing in 1969. Now the author can boldly say, "The book has been in print long enough to have its influence affect the second generation of children." The feedback she has received from happy readers over the years is proof her ideas and book lists make a difference.
The book is divided into two parts. You'll want to read part one slowly, savoring her ideas on how books influence the hearts of young readers. The author writes, "Children and books go together in a special way. I can't imagine any pleasure greater than bringing to the uncluttered, supple mind of a child the delight of knowing the many rich things God has given us to enjoy. Parents have this wonderful privilege, and books are their keenest tools.Read more ›
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I can't say enough good things about this book. It's a great resource for finding books for your children that influence and encourage imagination and good language usage. Read morePublished 44 minutes ago by Amazon Customer
Very good resource for reading children's books. Logical progression of thought.Published 2 days ago by libtech
I just received this book today, ordered at the recommendation of a friend. I had asked for advice on learning to navigate the children's section of the library. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stallcup
A must for anyone who cares about giving children a future filled with wonder, imagination, beauty and hope.Published 1 month ago by mick
Great resource for parents and teachers. Wonderful recommendations based on a child's age.Published 2 months ago by Carol M. Koprowski
Love this book! It comes with our curriculum of choice and I love it! I bought myself another copy after I sold the curriculum as a set! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Momtographer
I would highly recommend this book to anyone with children. We love to read at our house and this book inspired me to love it even more. Read morePublished 3 months ago by n'smom