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The Spyglass : A Book About Faith Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 1, 2000

4.4 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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K-Gr 5-This original fable offers a lesson about faith through the fall and rise of a kingdom. A once-great realm has declined into poverty, both of wealth and of spirit, until a passing stranger loans a magical spyglass to the king. Through it, the ruler and his subjects can see "what might be." A barren pasture appears as a fertile field and a crumbling cathedral looks magnificent when viewed through the spyglass. These images restore faith to the people, who then work together to restore the land to its past prosperity. The stately tone of the narrative keeps readers at a distance, inviting observation rather than true involvement. Children and adults will grasp the obvious message without difficulty, so when the stranger returns to explain the power of faith to the monarch, the revelation lacks impact. Handsome full-page oil paintings accompany the tale, though some figures appear posed and sterile, which adds to the artificiality of the story. Despite these limitations, The Spyglass does succeed as a discussion starter. Those who are looking for substantial storytelling will need to look elsewhere.-Steven Engelfried, Deschutes County Library, Bend, OR

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About the Author

Richard Paul Evans is the author of The Christmas Box, The Locket, and other novels, as well as of the best-selling children's books The Christmas Candle, which was awarded the American Mothers 1998 Book of the Year Award, and The Dance. The Spyglass is the first book in his Virtues Collection. All of his children's book proceeds are donated to The Christmas Box House International. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (October 1, 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0689834667
  • ASIN: B0000VYDT8
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,081,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
THE SPYGLASS is the opposite of the "Enchanted Kingdom" books. It tells of a king and his people who regain their inner strength after a visit from a stranger. Children will enjoy the story, but there's an important message to be learned - you have to believe in yourself and others. This isn't done in a preachy way, but in the engaging text that parents and children will enjoy readng together. The paintings are beautiful.
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What a beautiful enchanting story for all ages to read! I loved it, my children loved it! The Spyglass is a wonderful story to teach us (and our children) on how we view things in life. It taught me when we have faith and hope in our hearts we can reach for that which we thought was beyond our grasp. The illustrations were marvelous! I understand that this book is one in a virtues series, I can't wait to buy the whole collection. What a treasure to have! Thank you for writing a story with such uplifting values for our children! Keep them coming Mr. Evans!
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It Teaches Faith and helps you to be proactive not reactive. Children can learn to just start, to be up and doing not complaining. I'm giving it to my GREAT grandkids to help them learn about faith.
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I was shown this book a few years ago and wanted to get it. I found it and it sits on my shelf as a reminder of that moment when it was shared with me.
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this book might be useful to show students that our intentions can carry us a long way towards what we hope to happen. good since my students, who are disabled often get stuck thinking they can't do anything.

I didn't like the pictures so well, a little dark and unclear
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Gave this book as a gift to my father who I just meet for the first time. (I'm 47 yrs. old) This is an amazing story of Faith.
I would recommend it to anyone. Love it!!!!
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Not overly impressed. I knew it was used but the description said creases and bends. There were sections of the book that were not connected binding and the pages were inserted the wrong order.
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By Shelia Hall on January 19, 2014
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I love all 5 of Richard Paul Evans books for children. I often buy them as Christmas gifts. Wish he would write more.
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