Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Book Review: The Boy Who Changed the World

This is a delightful children's book that tells the story of how one person can make a difference. The book begins with the story of Norman Borlaug, who lived on a farm in Iowa. Norman loved playing hide-and-seek in the cornfields of his family farm. His father had told him how lucky they were to have so much corn because there are some people who didn't have enough food to eat. Norman wondered, "What would it be like to be hungry all the time?" Right then and there, we're told, "Norman decided to change the world." The book continues to tell the stories of Henry Wallace, George Washington Carver, and Moses Carver and how they were all connected to Norman Borlaug in some way.

The book does an excellent job at explaining how each child can make a difference in this world. It is beautifully illustrated and has a different butterfly on each page symbolizing the "butterfly effect" which shows how one person can have an effect on another.

I read this book to my first grade class and the loved it! I'd recommend this book for children of all ages.

Book Review:Cast of Characters Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God By Max Lucado

Max Lucado's masterful story telling makes this book interesting and relevant. He takes characters from the bible and portrays their story in a way that draws the reader in and makes you feel like you are a part of the story. I enjoyed the journey into the lives of bible characters such as David, Lazarus, Matthew, Joseph, Esther, and others.

This book certainly lends itself to a small group study. Each chapter ends with thought provoking questions that would be great for discussion.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Tales from the 1st Grade: Twas the Monday before Christmas break...

Twas the Monday before Christmas, and all through the school
the children were restless and acting the fool
I tried to teach math but the little ones refused
to sit still and focus, they just looked confused

I sent one darling to her seat in despair
She huffed and she puffed, then she had an idea
Her demeanor had gone from mad to fair
I walked to her desk, and on the way there
I realized what she'd been working on then I was in despair

Red marker on both hands, her face and maybe her tongue?
My eyes were wide open, my mouth was too
"Don't worry," she said. "It's not blood"
I'm Santa Claus!"

In the words of Charlie Brown, "Good grief!".