Friday, August 19, 2011

Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul

Recommendation: Recommended

I invite you to join a quest, it will be difficult and at times life threatening. This journey will take you through unknown lands with a group of people whom you hardly know, yet you depend upon them for your very life and evil is lurking around every corner. Such is the story of young Kale, a slave girl with a gift who is sent away from her home to serve Paladin, whatever the cost.

In this wonderful allegory you will see the truths of Scripture tightly woven into the story of Kale and her friends. Kale learns about serving Wulder and his son Paladin. She learns to use her gifts in their service and she learns some wonderful truths about the Body of Christ - the need we have for help from those around us.

Positives: A well-written adventure that will  appeal to a wide age range of  kids. I liked that Kale's journey was a difficult one and that she honestly shared her fears, doubts and struggles with the reader. There were times when she wanted to quit, to return to her former life as a slave girl. She was at times ashamed of how little she knew, yet was always hungry to learn more. These things in particular drew me to her character and can be great teaching tools as kids read the story. I loved the word pictures of biblical grace that came through as well.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: I am only going to highlight a few of the things you could talk with your child about as the story is full of conversation starters! As I shared earlier I loved the vulnerability of Kale's character and her earnest desire to grow in wisdom and learn.  II Timothy 2:15 tells us to study, to be a worker, Proverbs is full of instructions to strive after and desire wisdom and to be a hard worker. Kale was a great example of these things and our kids need to learn to "do all for the glory of  God." ( I Cor. 10:31). You could also have a conversation about using the gifts God has given each believer. (Eph. 4, I Cor. 12). I also loved the relationships developed within the questing group and how it reflected the church - the Body of Christ. You really cannot have a conversation about giftedness without talking about the church because gifts are given for the edification of the church. Children need to understand the importance of the church. The relationships there are to be as a family. Eph. 4-5 paint a wonderful picture of how the Body of Christ is to function.

Age Level: 7-10 years old

I received this book for free fromWaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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