Item description for Swan Songs-In Search of the Staffstone by David Everett Howell...
Overview A Christian children's fantasy adventure. An assortment of kids with a mysterious diary, an owl, an eagle, and hummingbirds must outwit a dragon to return Moses' staff to the Staffstone.
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 4.99" Width: 7.99" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.58 lbs.
Release Date Jan 20, 2005
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1597810029 ISBN13 9781597810029
Availability 85 units. Availability accurate as of Jan 24, 2017 06:43.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Swan Songs-In Search of the Staffstone?
Another good and satisfying children's book Jun 7, 2005
I like reading to my children. As they grew up, they heard me read the Little House on the Prairie series, Little Women, The Chronicles of Narnia, David Copperfield, The BFG and other good books. Most recently I encouraged my daughter to read the Once and Future King. She did and loved it. But the fact is, there are only a few rewarding books that I would read or recommend my children to read.
This is why I'm glad David Howell wrote Swan Songs. Swan Songs is another of those books you would love to read to your children, or recommend that your children read. The book promises a story "filled with cliffhangers, mystery, riddles, conflict and adventure." And it delivers that and more.
The story's plot is about three children, Sonya, Duncan and Keith who find their archeologist uncle's mysterious diary and staff. The diary is full of riddles and rhymes. And the staff has strange words written on it. Following the clues in the diary, they go in an adventure, taking the staff along. Soon after they start, they go into a world where birds and even a dragon get involved in their adventure. Although they wanted to keep their trip a secret, two of the neighborhood children follow them. But since these children, Emy and Kyle, have no diary to follow and are trouble prone, they run into the dragon and the dragon's host of nasty birds. And they were sorry they did. As the story develops, they find that there is a purpose to their adventure and that they cannot fail.
Even as an adult I found myself engrossed in the story. As I read, it also made me consider my own walk with Christ. Wouldn't it be nice if I could always turn to God in prayer when I'm going through my own life experiences, as Duncan, Keith and Sonya do in the story?
And yes, it's a Christian book. But like The Chronicles of Narnia, the children in the book travel to another world where good and evil are at war. Maybe this fantasy is not so farfetched since we do actually live in a world where there is a spiritual war going on around us. Our children then should know this. And this book helps them grow up with this awareness.