A sweet coloring book for Christian children and their families.

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Jesus Loves Us and Our Favorite Colors

In this coloring book, children learn about their favorite colors while also receiving a message about faith.

A simple rhyming poem about a teddy bear’s family, with an additional Christian element that will appeal to religious families, Benoit-Roy’s book leads children through a series of cute illustrations outlined in black, with prompts to help them choose the correct colors for the bears’ favorite objects. While the book is simple enough for a child to read alone, the structure of introducing family members would also make it a fun book to read with siblings, parents or cousins. The teddy bear narrating the book is cute and cuddly, and his extended family is representative enough that most children will be able to see themselves in the story. The objects children can color—from favorite bikes to purple hats to Grandpa’s gray hair—are unexpected and interesting, and the hints about how to color each object, given in just a splash of color on the different objects, will help guide children who are learning their colors, without dictating so much that he or she would feel stifled or frustrated. Aside from basics like red and blue, color suggestions include pink for a bike; gold, instead of yellow, for honey; and gray hair. Of course, kids are free to color as they wish, but the gentle instructions won’t be off-putting. The faith element is present throughout the book, without becoming so overpowering as to be preachy for small children who might just want to look at a cute picture and color it.

A sweet coloring book for Christian children and their families.

Pub Date: May 8, 2013

ISBN: 978-1482312072

Page Count: 28

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: July 22, 2013

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THE ABOLITION OF MAN

The sub-title of this book is "Reflections on Education with Special Reference to the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools." But one finds in it little about education, and less about the teaching of English. Nor is this volume a defense of the Christian faith similar to other books from the pen of C. S. Lewis. The three lectures comprising the book are rather rambling talks about life and literature and philosophy. Those who have come to expect from Lewis penetrating satire and a subtle sense of humor, used to buttress a real Christian faith, will be disappointed.

Pub Date: April 8, 1947

ISBN: 1609421477

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 17, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1947

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Carefully researched and chilling, if somewhat overwritten.

COLUMBINE

Comprehensive, myth-busting examination of the Colorado high-school massacre.

“We remember Columbine as a pair of outcast Goths from the Trench Coat Mafia snapping and tearing through their high school hunting down jocks to settle a long-running feud. Almost none of that happened,” writes Cullen, a Denver-based journalist who has spent the past ten years investigating the 1999 attack. In fact, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold conceived of their act not as a targeted school shooting but as an elaborate three-part act of terrorism. First, propane bombs planted in the cafeteria would erupt during lunchtime, indiscriminately slaughtering hundreds of students. The killers, positioned outside the school’s main entrance, would then mow down fleeing survivors. Finally, after the media and rescue workers had arrived, timed bombs in the killers’ cars would explode, wiping out hundreds more. It was only when the bombs in the cafeteria failed to detonate that the killers entered the high school with sawed-off shotguns blazing. Drawing on a wealth of journals, videotapes, police reports and personal interviews, Cullen sketches multifaceted portraits of the killers and the surviving community. He portrays Harris as a calculating, egocentric psychopath, someone who labeled his journal “The Book of God” and harbored fantasies of exterminating the entire human race. In contrast, Klebold was a suicidal depressive, prone to fits of rage and extreme self-loathing. Together they forged a combustible and unequal alliance, with Harris channeling Klebold’s frustration and anger into his sadistic plans. The unnerving narrative is too often undermined by the author’s distracting tendency to weave the killers’ expressions into his sentences—for example, “The boys were shooting off their pipe bombs by then, and, man, were those things badass.” Cullen is better at depicting the attack’s aftermath. Poignant sections devoted to the survivors probe the myriad ways that individuals cope with grief and struggle to interpret and make sense of tragedy.

Carefully researched and chilling, if somewhat overwritten.

Pub Date: April 6, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-446-54693-5

Page Count: 406

Publisher: Twelve

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2009

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