Monday, November 14, 2011

The Story Shell by Gloria Repp

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

The 2nd book in the Friendship Bog Series is another wonderful tale of adventure and friendship that young children will enjoy. Pibbin is confronted with two different dilemmas and learns to become a leader as well as learning more about friendship. First, Leeper, his best friend has been gone for a long time and Pibbin is worried about him. While trying to find him he discovers that Gaffers story shell is missing - and tonight is Gaffers birthday party and everyone wants to hear a story - what is Pibbin to do? Even though he is small, Pibbin knows he can help, and besides, his friends need him. So off he sets on another adventure through Friendship Bog.

Positives: Great lessons of perseverance, bravery and friendship abound throughout this story. Kids will love the animals they meet and the danger Pibbin encounters when he meets a beaver who "really likes frogs." It appeals to a wide range of ages. It can be read together as a family and young readers will enjoy the independence of reading a chapter book. On her website the author also provides some questions that go along with each chapter. Click HERE to view the questions and answers.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: Friendship Bog is a great place to learn about friendship - these animals truly care for each other and will go out of their way to serve each other. Gal. 5:13 and I Pet. 4:10 tell us to use our gifts and the freedoms we have in Christ to serve one another. I find that my children are more willing to serve their friends than their family  members so we have to focus on serving and loving each other at home. Matt. 20:28 tells us that Christ came to serve and to give His life. Ask your children how they can best reflect Christ to their friends? Talk with your children about ways to serve their friends and family as an act of love to bring glory to God.

Age Level: 2-9 years of age

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this review.

1 comment:

  1. Monique, I appreciate the way you emphasized Pibbin's need to learn about leadership and to act on his own, without Leeper. Before I wrote the story, I was thinking about how important friends can be, and then the "what if" question came -- "What if I didn't have a good strong friend to depend on? Would I still be brave enough to do what's right?" Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this book! GR