How do you know a good book when you see it? What books are really worth reading? The purpose of this conversation is to help mothers and fathers identify books that will liberate their children to embrace truth, goodness, and beauty. We’ll be pondering questions of life and lifestyle as we seek to become people who live deeply and read deeply, drawing our children into the adventure of reading and living.
Books Worth Reading: Review of The War That Saved My Life
As part of an ongoing initiative, Charity Hill reviews children's books. In this episode, Charity reviews Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's The War That Saved My Life. In the book review series, Charity offers praise, summary, and analysis of the text so that parents can decide which books are worth reading. Charity praises the quality writing and the powerful proposal within the narrative that evil can serve the purposes of good. Yet, Charity questions whether The War That Saved My Life is really a book that is psychologically appropriate for children under 13, given the abusive family relationships. Podcast includes brief references to violence.
Episode 15: Tall Tales or This World is Larger Than Life
Join Charity Hill's glee as she explores tall tales. She distinguishes what makes tall tales a distinct kind of story from fairy tales. Then, she explores why tall tales are fun--and funny! She wonders if its possible to love truth and still "play with it." She shows how delightful the disparity between reality and hyperbole can be. Then, Charity shares with us some of the best tall tales she has found--some old, some new! Book lists and book links below!
Listen to Legend of Tall Talkin’ Sam by The Okee Dokee Brothers! They sing real good! ;)
Episode 15: Tall Tales Or This World Is Larger Than Life BOOKLIST
Rattlebang Picnic by Margaret Mahy
Meanwhile, Back At the Ranch by Anne Isaacs
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Episode 14: Poetry: Surprised By Joy!
Poetry? Really? Do we have to?! This episode proposes that poetry will surprise you with joy. We discuss how poetry changes our experience of time, deepens our experience of meaning, and sparks joy. Charity discusses two Greek words used regarding time: chronos and kairos. Poetry is an instantiation of kairos time, time-as-meaningful. Discover new poetry and rediscover familiar poetry.
Enjoy new poetry selections from our booklist!
Books Worth Reading: Review of the Midwife's Apprentice
As part of an emerging initiative, Charity Hill reviews children's books. In this episode, Charity reviews Karen Cushman's Newberry Winner (1996) The Midwife's Apprentice. In the book review series, Charity offers praise, summary, and analysis of the text so that parents can decide which books are worth reading. We wonder if The Midwife's Apprentice really delivers the empowering message it intends to bring to birth.
Episode 13: Gardening as Humanizing with Katherine Leaño
In this interview with Katherine Leaño, you'll be encouraged to embrace the paradox of your humanity. You'll hear how gardening can help you and your children become more human, rested, integrated, and creative. You'll be challenged to make your backyard a different kind of "oasis."
Find rest and inspiration with this episode's booklist! It's stunning.
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Katherine wants you to have access to some of her supporting information as you think about gardening and being outside:
Free play, NPR Article
The Prairie is My Garden by Harvey Dunn (art)
Books Worth Reading: Review of Fancy Nancy Series
Is the Fancy Nancy series a series worth reading? We wonder "How can glitter be compatible with depth, with meaning?" What is a parent to do with an intelligent little girl's need for sparkle? We review the Fancy Nancy series to help you discern the best way to fill that glitter-shaped hole in every little girl's heart.
A podcast to direct you to the Good
As a fellow podcaster I’m pretty picky about what I listen to...it has to be greatly beneficial for me to make the time for it. But this is not only going to help me choose better books for my children, but also make me a better mom! Thank you Charity!
Charity offers great insights and direction on children’s books
Charity is engaging, articulate, insightful and deep. This podcast provides direction for choosing, thinking and reading great books to our children or students.
I love listening to these podcasts. I love reading to my children and find the podcasts help me dig more deeply into the how and why of our reading life.