Honey For A Child's Heart: The Imaginative Use Of Books In Family Life Paperback – Apr 26 2002
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Honey for a Child's Heart, now in its third edition, is one of the best guides to children's books available. It is for parents who know the value of reaching their children with good books. A good book is a gateway into a wider world of wonder, beauty, delight, and adventure. But children don't stumble onto the best books by themselves. They need a parent's help. Author Gladys Hunt discusses everything from how to choose good books for your children to encouraging them to be avid readers. This edition includes an indexed and updated 85-page list of the best children's favorites, Honey for a Child's Heart opens new worlds of reading possibilities for children and parents alike. Are you concerned about building whole children -- children who are alive emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually? Then this book can help. Gladys Hunt deeply believes in the potential of books to assist in this building process. Her tastes are broad, her advice is rooted in experience, and her suggestions will enrich the cultural life of any home. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Gladys Hunt is a well-known author and speaker.Her recent books include Honey for a Womans Heart, Honey for a Teens Heart, and Honey for a Childs Heart (revised edition).She has also written numerous Bible study guides for the Fisherman and Lifeguide series.She lives with her husband, Keith, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Hunt feels that good books feed the soul, teach values, and build character. When one connects with a character emotionally, lessons will naturally be learned from reading the story and getting to know and love the characters. Only good books fit the bill for nourishing the soul, only good books provide "honey". Hunt quotes Eric Fromm, who wrote that he feels that children need "milk" and "honey" to thrive: the milk is the parent providing for the child's physical needs, and the "honey" is the "sweetness of life, that special quality that gives the sparkle within a person". Hunt and Fromm agree that only a minority of children are receiving "honey" from their parents, a parent must first love honey and have it to give, and that not every parent has it to give. Hunt feels that "good books are rich in honey".
There are 124 pages of discussion about good books and the value of selecting good books. Good books make children wonder, laugh, and that contains spiritual, emotional, and intellectual dimensions. There is not much dedicated to selecting books for toddlers and preschoolers although there are plenty of books for that age range in the book list. Unlike other books, this is purely opinion and the author does not spend time discussing results from studies about reading aloud.Read more ›
But what really makes this book a treasure is the second half, which is an extensive annotated bibliography of books worth reading, arranged by their suitability for various ages. One might be tempted to quibble about a few favorite titles which have not been included, but you can't overlook the fact that this is a very comprehensive list that includes most children's classics and many more.Read more ›
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I loved this book. The minute I finished reading her introductory chapters, I started at the beginning again, so I could underline her gems of wisdom. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2003
This book goes a long way in helping parents to understand how very important it is for us to read to our children. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003 by ReaderReader
My husband and I were both raised on the wonderful suggestions of this book. Now our son and daughter get to benefit from it, too. Read morePublished on April 20 2002 by springfield, va
This was a great book. I was expecting a book list and found a lovely book, which showed, books are not just a means to educate children but a way to enrich their lives. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2001
I bought this book with the intention of just learning how to pick out good books for our son but instead, what I received was truly words of wisdom in how we can really take care... Read morePublished on March 18 2001 by Abbot
As an avid reader with children who share my love of books - I thought that I was not in need of a book about books - but this book truly reawakened a desire to share good... Read morePublished on April 10 2000 by Anna Moreira
This really is a wonderful book. It is a pleasure to read and is beautifully written. This first part of the book explains the importance of reading wholesome books to foster... Read morePublished on Dec 5 1999