“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten
which is not equally (and often far more) worth
reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”
Recently sweetheart and I moved three times in six months. To the dismay of the movers, the bulk of what was moved back and forth was hundreds of books carefully packed into cartons. You know that show about hoarding? That would be me when it comes to books. I have bookcases with two layers of books on every shelf. On my last birthday sweetheart took me to a local business that had a collection of over 400,000 books. Everything from signed first editions from the 1800’s to books just published that week. Can I just say that I was as close as I could get to heaven on earth?
I was blessed to have a mother who read to me even before I was born. My first memories are sitting in her lap listening to her read me Aesop’s Fable’s. In the first grade I astonished the librarian by reading 100 books for the summer reading program. I believe the goal was 10. To say I loved to read was an understatement. Books took me to places I could only dream of visiting and gave me hope for the future.
I have tried to pass on this love of reading to my children and grandchildren. While at times it has been a struggle, I think I was fairly successful. On a car trip last year two of the granddaughters wanted to read books instead of watch movies! It made my book loving heart glad. I love it even more when they find out that their favorite books were my favorite books when I was their age. Because good books are ageless.
When my kids were small we would travel to other lands via books. They were windows to the world from the living room of our farm house. Missionaries would visit from foreign lands and we would research their language, their food, and their lifestyle. The kids loved showing off what they had learned and seeing the surprise on the faces of our guests when we served something from their native country. Learning about other countries closed the gap that often exists between people from different cultures.
I was excited to receive Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin. Jamie has taken all the work out of opening those windows. This book offers reviews of over 600 books broken down into age groups (4-6, 6-8, 8-10, and 10-12) that cover major regions and countries. Practical ways to use the book are also explained in detail. As Jamie points out, we can teach our children compassion, understanding, and help shape their character as we share stories from other people, places, and cultures.
One of the suggestions in Give Your Child the World is to have a heritage day from another country once a month. As we head into the holidays what a great opportunity to show your children the foods and traditions that children from other countries will wake up to on Christmas morning. An additional idea that Jamie does that we also do in our family is to sponsor a child from another country through Compassion International. Reading stories about the country where your sponsor child lives will help teach your children just how their actions can impact the world.
In todays society where our children see so much despair and sadness in the news with the click of a mouse or the push of a power button on television, I think it is important to show them the positive side of other lands and other cultures. Reading real stories written by real people can bridge that gap that can exist when we live in our own little world. As Jamie says “Introduce your children to the globe from the comfort of home by simply reading books together then watch as they grow up to change this world in the unique ways only they can.”
Zondervan Publishing has graciously given me 2 copies of Give Your Child the World to give away. Two winners will be picked from those who comment on this post or on Facebook posts that discuss the giveaway. It will also be posted on the Breath of Life Women’s Ministry site. So you have multiple opportunities to enter to win. This is a great book for any teacher or parent in your life, especially those who homeschool. HINT- think Christmas gifts!
2016 ©Michelle Welch, team member of Breath of Life Women’s Ministries
Reviewer for Blog About Blogger Network
Give Your Child the World is available from Amazon and other book sellers
Follow Jamie C. Martin at www.simplehomeschool.net
A big thank you to Zondervan Publishing