Friday, August 5, 2016

Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time by Jamie C. Martin


Young children live with awe and wonder as their daily companions. But as they grow, worries often crowd out wonder. Knowing this, how can parents strengthen their kids’ love for the world so it sticks around for the long haul?

Thankfully, parents have at their fingertips a miracle vaccine—one that can boost their kids' immunity to the world’s distractions. Well-chosen stories connect us with others, even those on the other side of the globe. Build your kids’ lives on a story-solid foundation and you’ll give them armor to shield themselves from the world’s cynicism. You’ll give them confidence to persevere in the face of life’s conflicts. You’ll give them a reservoir of compassion that spills over into a lifetime of love in action.

Give Your Child the World features inspiring stories, practical suggestions, and carefully curated reading lists of the best children’s literature for each area of the globe. Reading lists are organized by region, country, and age range (ages 4-12). Each listing includes a brief description of the book, its themes, and any content of which parents should be aware.

Parents can introduce their children to the world from the comfort of home by simply opening a book together. Give Your Child the World is poised to become a bestselling family reading treasury that promotes literacy, develops a global perspective, and strengthens family bonds while increasing faith and compassion.

My Thoughts:

A book about books? How could I resist?! ;)

Anyone that truly knows me knows that I love books, and do everything I can to pass that love onto my children. I also want my children to have a heart for those around the world, and Give Your Child the World is perfect for helping that goal to become a success. It's too easy to get stuck in our own little worlds, with our own little opinions, but there's so much more out there, and so many more people out there that needs to touch our hearts. Getting on a plane to find that isn't always possible, so I greatly appreciate this book!

Give Your Child the World is mostly about books, but the author does start it all out with some advice on how to open our days to other parts of the world. It's all kept short and sweet, but it has been so very encouraging and useful to me. It has already inspired a change in our homeschool days that I'm excited about. Also, as a mama that highly values the teaching methods of Charlotte Mason(though we do our own things in many ways), I love that these books are twaddle-free suggestions. I wanted to hug Jamie(you know, if I was a hugging type of person) for her advice concerning twaddle, though. She tries to encourage grace in the world of twaddle. I've witnessed entirely too much rudeness in connection with it lately from other mamas. (Dr. Seuss? Twaddle! Roald Dahl? Twaddle! Your child watches Disney movies? That offends me!) It has all only verified that I will always, Lord willing, have a bit of twaddle on my shelves! Even if I cringe a little on the inside when I read that Peppa Pig book or that Paw Patrol book....AGAIN, I know my children love them, and they're getting way more of the good stuff, too, so I don't worry too much. Her grace based approach just made me smile and like her even more, but I do greatly appreciate that the books listed in here are quality literature.

The lists are given based on countries, and divided by age groups. The index in the back makes it really easy on us. You can search by author, country, book title, and even time period. After each book title, you'll get the author's and illustrator's name, if applicable, along with what country it's connected with. There's a brief description of the book, too.

This is an amazingly valuable tool for any family, and I can highly recommend it! It's one of those special books that will get lots of love and use from us, Lord willing.

*I was provided a review copy, in exchange for my honest opinion.

1 comment:

  1. Oo! Ooo! OOoo! I want to read this book! It sounds like a most excellent resource.

    And I've got twaddle all over my shelves and am right proud of it!