A charming and engaging religious tale for kids.

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The Church House Mouse

In this Christian activity book for children, debut author Mureen presents a simple sermon in the story of a wayward mouse.

Ralph enjoys attending church with his sisters and parents. During one sermon, the pastor speaks passionately about turning to God in times of trouble. Little does Ralph know that he will soon need this advice. After a conflict with his siblings, he runs away from home and follows his curious nose right into a cage trap. Although he is, at first, overcome with fear, he soon recalls the sermon and prays for God’s help. Through a series of miraculous and unexpected events, he finally finds his way back to the safety of his home and the love of his family. After the story, which takes up only about two-thirds of the book, the author provides extensive activities for both beginning and advanced readers. Some involve review questions about the story and word definitions, while others are more Christian-focused, such as a Bible-oriented word search. Also, it appears as if many of the illustrations have been intentionally left uncolored so that children may complete them. Naturally, this book will appeal mostly to Christian children, and their parents may especially be interested in the lesson it teaches and the engaging activities it offers. Although the anthropomorphism seems over-the-top at some points (for example, it’s difficult to imagine a mouse handling a miniature knife to cut a tiny cake), it allows for a creative story that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. The backmatter is extremely well-thought-out in its aim to be both entertaining and educational. However, the story questions seem overly rigid, as readers might come up with different, equally valid answers to the ones supplied. That said, the questions will certainly lead readers to a deeper understanding of the text and its Christian message.

A charming and engaging religious tale for kids.

Pub Date: June 22, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5127-4137-7

Page Count: -

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: Oct. 24, 2016

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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SLEEPERS

An extraordinary true tale of torment, retribution, and loyalty that's irresistibly readable in spite of its intrusively melodramatic prose. Starting out with calculated, movie-ready anecdotes about his boyhood gang, Carcaterra's memoir takes a hairpin turn into horror and then changes tack once more to relate grippingly what must be one of the most outrageous confidence schemes ever perpetrated. Growing up in New York's Hell's Kitchen in the 1960s, former New York Daily News reporter Carcaterra (A Safe Place, 1993) had three close friends with whom he played stickball, bedeviled nuns, and ran errands for the neighborhood Mob boss. All this is recalled through a dripping mist of nostalgia; the streetcorner banter is as stilted and coy as a late Bowery Boys film. But a third of the way in, the story suddenly takes off: In 1967 the four friends seriously injured a man when they more or less unintentionally rolled a hot-dog cart down the steps of a subway entrance. The boys, aged 11 to 14, were packed off to an upstate New York reformatory so brutal it makes Sing Sing sound like Sunnybrook Farm. The guards continually raped and beat them, at one point tossing all of them into solitary confinement, where rats gnawed at their wounds and the menu consisted of oatmeal soaked in urine. Two of Carcaterra's friends were dehumanized by their year upstate, eventually becoming prominent gangsters. In 1980, they happened upon the former guard who had been their principal torturer and shot him dead. The book's stunning denouement concerns the successful plot devised by the author and his third friend, now a Manhattan assistant DA, to free the two killers and to exact revenge against the remaining ex-guards who had scarred their lives so irrevocably. Carcaterra has run a moral and emotional gauntlet, and the resulting book, despite its flaws, is disturbing and hard to forget. (Film rights to Propaganda; author tour)

Pub Date: July 10, 1995

ISBN: 0-345-39606-5

Page Count: 432

Publisher: Ballantine

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1995

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