Item description for The Book Tree: A Christian Reference for Children's Literature, 2nd Edition by Elizabeth McCallum, Jane Scott & George Grant...
Overview Stories provide a roadmap for life. This is because stories are life. But oftentimes it's easiest to understand where we are when we can look through other eyes-from the perspective of someone else, living somewhere else, somewhen else. If you thought you knew The Book Tree, think again. Jane and Elizabeth have updated this charming book with over 100 new book reviews, and whimsical illustrations from recommended titles are scattered throughout. New formatting and four indexes (title, author, illustrator, and subject) make it easier than ever to browse for that next well-worn favorite.
Publishers Description THE BOOK TREE: A CHRISTIAN REFERENCE FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE Once upon a time, a carpenter entered a forest and happened upon a wolf wearing a feathered cap. Quick -- whose side are you one? If you don't know, we suggest reading a hearty round of fairytales. Stories provide a roadmap for life. This is because stories ARE life. But oftentimes it's easiest to understand where we are when we can look through other eyes -- from the perspective of someone else, living somewhere else, somewhen else. Literary habits naturally give way to literary affections. For those beginning to read for the first time or those beginning to read again, "The Book Tree" will drop golden apples in your lap, until you can climb high enough to pick for yourself.
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More About Elizabeth McCallum, Jane Scott & George Grant
Elizabeth McCallum (M.A. English, University of Houston) has taught high school and college English for thirty years. She currently teaches English at Covenant Christian Academy (Cumming, GA) and conducts seminars on literature and English for both parents and teachers.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Book Tree: A Christian Reference for Children's Literature, 2nd Edition?
Excellent resource for thoughtful parents Apr 17, 2010
The Book Tree is a book about books. More specifically, the selections featured in The Book Tree comprise a body of literature that will encourage godly character development in children and young adults. McCallum and Scott were very specific about which books they would feature. Their criterion for inclusion were:
1)Well-written literature 2)Reader-friendly literature. 3)Ethical standards 4)Visual appeal 5)Accessibility
McCallum and Scott write, "The caliber of contemporary children's books has declined alarmingly. Many book stores and libraries offer increasingly objectionable material." A quick perusal of popular young adult literature on bookstore shelves today reveals an appalling array of near-worthless fiction which focuses on the occult and lustful vampire romance. Stories that blur the lines between good and evil are promoted. The status quo among most parents is to just be happy that children want to read; it doesn't really matter if the book is good for them because reading is the goal. For Christian parents, however, that kind of attitude will not do. The Book Tree is designed to aid parents in making informed decisions regarding quality reading selections for their children.
Each entry includes publishing information and a short summary of the book. McCallum and Scott even crafted each summary in such a way as to reflect the feel of the book itself. Some entries include a quote from the main character. McCallum and Scott provide four separate indices (author, title, illustrator, and subject) in order to simplify finding the perfect book for your needs.
I don't know that I can improve upon the words of George Grant, who penned the Foreword, "How appropriate that a mother and her daughter...should have given us such a delectable treat. They have provided a guide to the best of children's literature serviceable for both veteran reading families and those just beginning their great journey of the imagination. I think you'll find that their accurate descriptions, careful recommendations, and cogent insights will prove to be as delightful as they will be invaluable."
This is an excellent resource for parents, librarians, teachers, and anyone who loves good books.
Correcting a misconception Apr 8, 2010
I have not yet had a chance to drink as deeply of this book as I intend to, but I was alarmed at a misconception which I read in a previous review. My second edition copy DOES contain all books listed alphabetically by title, but it ALSO contains 3 other lists. There is an alphabetical list of author's names (by last name first), an alphabetical list of illustrators (last name first), and even an alphabetical list of book subjects (under which the books are listed alphabetically by title). Surely the previous reader's review was in error or possibly they do not have the second edition. I organize my books alphabetically but sometimes by age group and then alphabetically so I would think any reader of this book could find one of the lists extremely useful. So far, I heartily concur with the mother and daughter team who wrote the book: there is much that is distasteful and just plain mean in modern books. As Westerners we have such a rich heritage of children's books that it is a true shame to bypass the tried and true for the latest fad. I could see this book having been a great help to me while I was homeschooling my kids, but I still plan to enjoy the new treasures it leads me to. In my homeschool I tried to strike a balance between fiction and nonfiction, between old and new, between hopeful and despairing (wanting to let my kids know of the great despair that exists in these days). Always I looked for the best of the best--the best writing, the best illustrations, the most human and spiritual of themes. Like the authors I too am guided by the Apostle Paul's recommendation to seek out what is "true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good reputation ("good report")" and to "think on these things." I am definitely not one to believe that we should dump all the wrongs of adult humanity onto children at too young an age. There is a need among the young for sweetness and light. However, as children grow they do need to be exposed to more of the ways of this troubled world. These book lists will help you protect your child as a young seedling and then help them mature into adults who want what is right and are willing to fight for it (in appropriate ways).
Great Book Nov 12, 2009
I loved the first book these gals produced and was happy to see an expanded edition. Then I got it...
While the content is fantastic and informative, the books are alphabetized by title...what? Of course, ordering the titles on line is not an issue...but pursuing a brick and mortar store or even the library proves more difficult with a lot of flipping back and forth.
So, you type out the list and keep that with you. Because the list is just that good.
As with buying anything that one is not familiar with, it is great to have a recommendation. A starting point. This book is that. So if you are buying a gift for a new parent or teacher or your organization is starting up a library for kids, these gals have put together a great resource.