Friday, March 11, 2011

Honey For A Child's Heart

"Every parent by words and choices furnishes the heart and mind of a child, for good or for ill," writes Gladys Hunt in Honey For A Child's Heart. Hunt, a mother and grandmother, has compiled a list of books that she believes will give children insight into the world (near and far), of truth and things that are good. She also thinks these books encourage good imaginations in addition to teaching a good use of language. Beyond a simple list of recommended reading, Hunt delves into the philosophy behind her choices. She challenges some of the modern myths regarding children's literature and advocates parent's making the final decision regarding their family's reading.

I have read many positive reviews about this book and was excited to have the chance to review it myself. I was pleased to see it is more than just a list and explores what qualities make a book good as well as fantasy and realism. The lists contain many beloved classics as well as some books that are destined to be classics in the years to come. I like how she broke many of the lists down by genre making it easier to find books that will engross your child's interests. Her "special occasions" list is very useful as well.

There really are many wonderful books out there and I look forward to sharing them with my children. The difficult part will be to not read ahead, but savor the experience with my family. Whether you're a seasoned family reader or just beginning, this book will definitely go a long way in helping you enrich your book choices.

Honey For A Child's Heart
is written by Gladys Hunt and published by Zondervan. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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