Read Alouds for June 2006

June 30, 2006 Categories: Books , Kid Stuff | Comments Off  

Egermeier’s Bible Story Book: A Complete Narration from Genesis to Revelation for Young and Old by Elsie E. Egermeier
Favorite Poems Old and New selected by Helen Ferris
Wonders of Nature
Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
Hit the Ball, Duck! by Jez Alborough
Big David, Little David by S. E. Hinton
The Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook by Shirley Hughes
How the Cat Swallowed Thunder by Lloyd Alexander
A Fairy Went A-Marketing by Rose Fyleman
Goblin Walk by Tony Johnston and Bruce Degen
I Wonder If Sea Cows Give Milk, and Other Neat Facts About Unusual Animals
A Birthday for Frances by Russell Hoban
The Big Bug Book by Margery and Paul Facklam
Dinosaurs Galore by Giles Andreae
Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland
Three Pandas by Jan Wahl
Everything I Know About Pirates by Tom Lichtenheld
McDuff Goes to School by Rosemary Wells
It’s Quacking Time by Martin Waddell
You and Me, Little Bear by Martin Waddell
Amazing Butterflies and Moths by John Still
Alphabet Mystery by Audrey Wood
Teeth, Tails, & Tentacles: An Animal Counting Book by Christopher Wormell
The Rattlebang Picnic by Margaret Mahy
One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews

Natalie’s Reading – June 2006

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The Adventure Bible for Young Readers
The It’s My Life Book by Nancy Rue
Lily the Rebel by Nancy Rue
The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene
Barbie: The Lucky Skates

Noah’s Reading – June 2006

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Journey to the Volcano Palace by Tony Abbott
Hank the Cowdog: The Case of the Vanishing Fishhook by John R. Erickson
Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel
Poppleton Everyday by Cynthia Rylant
Big Boss by Anne Rockwell
Henry and Mudge in the Family Trees by Cynthia Rylant
Jellyfish by Sharon Sharth
Wolf Spiders by Jason Cooper
Henry and Mudge and the Wild Goose Chase by Cynthia Rylant
Henry and Mudge and the Bedtime Thumps by Cynthia Rylant
The Thanksgiving Beast Feast by Karen Gray Ruelle


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A blogger named D. C. Roe has come up with a way to memorialize the 2,996 victims of 9/11.

“On September 11, 2006, 2,996 volunteer bloggers will join together for a tribute to the victims of 9/11. Each person will pay tribute to a single victim.

We will honor them by remembering their lives, and not by remembering their murderers.”

If you would like to participate, you can sign up on D. C. Roe’s blog.

I can’t imagine…

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…how they could turn this into a movie. I’m hoping it will be “loosely adapted” and more enjoyable than the book was.

Summer Reading Challenge update

June 29, 2006 Categories: Books | Comments Off  

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Three more books completed, 9 to go. I finished listening to A New Song and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I also finished reading Atonement by Ian McEwan. It was just okay – two and a half stars. I’m curious to know if this is his typical writing style or if I should give another of his books a try, since he’s supposed to be brilliant.

What I learned today

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When your 6-year-old son has an accident in his swimming trunks (because he is too busy having fun to bother with coming in to use the bathroom and “they were wet anyway, Mom!”), and you tell him to go downstairs and throw them in the washing machine (in which you have just started a load), make sure he knows which machine is the washing machine. If you don’t, there is a good chance that when you go downstairs to get the clean clothes out of the dryer, they will have an unpleasant smell and need to be washed all over again.


June 28, 2006 Categories: This and That | 9 Comments  

This game. Hat tip: A Life in Pages.

More from The Know-It-All

June 27, 2006 Categories: Books , Commonplace Book | 1 Comment  

“climate and weather
Lightning goes up. It shoots right up from the ground and into the cloud. This is what the encyclopedia says in the section on climate and weather. I reread this passage a couple of times to make sure I hadn’t gone batty – but no, lightning goes up.

To be technical, it does first go down – there’s an initial bolt called the “leader” that zips from the cloud to the ground. But the bright part, the part that flashes, is the “return stroke,” which goes from the ground back to the cloud.

This is profoundly unnerving. When I didn’t know the history of canned laughter or the existence of a sexy Confederate spy, that was mildly vexing. But this is unnerving. This is a whole new level of ignorance. I’ve been looking at lightning all my life, and its sky-to-ground direction seemed about as certain as the slightly asymmetrical nose on my face. To be confronted with this totally counterintuitive information – it makes me paranoid. What other incorrect ideas do I have? Is the sun actually cold? Is the sky orange? Is Keanu Reeves a brilliant actor?”

Remember, those are A. J. Jacobs’ words, not mine, so if you adore Mr. Reeves, please don’t take it out on me!

The French horn is from Germany. The Great Dane has no relation to Denmark. Cold-blooded animals often have warmer blood than warm-blooded animals. Softwood is often harder than hardwood. Catgut is made from sheepgut. Caesar was not born by cesarean section. A cold is not caused by the cold (Ben Franklin pointed this out). Death Valley is teeming with life (more than two hundred types of birds, several types of fish, and so on). Heinz has several hundred varieties, not its advertised fifty-seven. Starfish are not fish. The electric eel is not an eel. The anomalous Zeeman effect in atomic physics is more common than the regular old Zeeman effect.

These are all things I’ve been keeping in my little “Ironic Facts” file on my computer. Irony is named for “the Greek comic character Eiron, a clever underdog, who by his wit repeatedly triumphs over the boastful character of Alazon.” But the stuff above is a different kind of irony. These ironies are a function of our ridiculously imprecise language. I feel we need someone to come in and clean it all up, a Rudy Giuliani of English who would crack down on all lazy, loitering, leftover-from-other-eras words. But that’ll never happen. As I learned in Fahrenheit, the inertia of bad ideas is a powerful force.”


June 26, 2006 Categories: Books , Faith , Rants | 6 Comments  

Jodi and Karen both asked me to elaborate on the problems I had with Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by John and Stasi Eldredge.

The authors hold to an over-riding belief that permeates this book. I first noticed it in Chapter Two: What Eve Alone Can Tell.

“It is nearing the end of the sixth day, the end of the Creator’s great labor, as Adam steps forth, the image of God, the triumph of his work. He alone is pronounced the son of God. Nothing in creation even comes close. Picture Michelangelo’s David. He is…magnificent. Truly, the masterpiece seems complete. And yet, the Master says that something is not good, not right. Something is missing…and that something is Eve….”
page 25

So far, so good, right? But then, after quoting Gen. 2:21-23, the passage continues:

“She is the crescendo, the final, astonishing work of God. Woman. In one last flourish creation comes to a finish not with Adam, but with Eve. She is the Master’s finishing touch. How we wish this were an illustrated book, and we could show you now some painting or sculpture that captures this, like the stunning Greek sculpture of the goddess Nike of Samothrace, the winged beauty, just alighting on the prow of a great ship, her beautiful form revealed through the thin veils that sweep around her. Eve is…breathtaking.

Given the way creation unfolds, how it builds to ever higher and higher works of art, can there be any doubt that Eve is the crown of creation? Not an afterthought. Not a nice addition like an ornament on a tree. She is God’s final touch, his piece de resistance. She fills a place in the world nothing and no one else can fill. Step to a window, ladies, if you can. Better still, find some place with a view. Look out across the earth and say to yourselves, “The whole, vast world is incomplete without me. Creation reached its zenith in me.”
page 25, emphasis mine

I agree that creation was not complete without woman. I agree that woman is unique and fulfills a unique role in the world. What I do not agree with is the idea that Eve was the climax of creation, that creation kept building to “higher and higher works of art” and that Eve crowns it all. Yes, the creation week built to a climax, but that climax was the creation of mankind. Man and woman together are made in the image of God. Both are necessary, but woman is not a higher or better model. I believe that God waited to create woman so that Adam would see his need of her.

Lest you think this is an isolated passage, or that I’m reading too much in, here is another section in a later chapter:

“Eve was given to the world as the incarnation of a beautiful, captivating God – a life-offering, life-saving lover, a relational specialist, full of tender mercy and hope.”
page 44

No! Eve was not given to the world as the incarnation of a beautiful, captivating God – Jesus, His Son was.

Is there a need for books that affirm a woman’s femininity and unique place in creation? Yes. But why does it seem like the church always swings from one extreme to another instead of finding the biblical middle?

For years, women were subjugated and abused and their talents neglected, all in the name of submission. But now the church has gone to the other extreme and denied that men and women were created to fulfill different roles. And that’s not even good enough, now some declare that Eve was a higher created being than Adam.

I did find some good material in this book, passages that encourage women to let God heal their woundedness and to embrace their femininity. But in my opinion, this doctrinal error is large enough that I would not recommend this book. Yes, many women who are grounded in the Word and mature in Christ could “take out the good stuff”. But when a book is written from a biblical perspective, why should we have to weed through it?

Just my opinion, for what it’s worth.