Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Bells

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
     And wild and sweet
     The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
     Had rolled along
     The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
     A voice, a chime
     A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
     "For hate is strong,
     And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep!
     The Wrong shall fail,
     The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!"
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
May the God Who doth not slumber nor sleep fill your hearts with his peace this Christmas season and in the New Year.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Snowflake Science

Tis the season...for snow!  Science for the seasons is one meaningful way to develop a relationship with the natural world.  These resources will cause your children to stand in awe of a Creator God who does all things for His glory and for our good.

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqeline Briggs Martin is a picture book biography of Wilson Bentley. All his life, he saw snowflakes as small miracles.  He determined to find a way to capture them on film.  Winner of the Caldecott medal, this is also a Five in a Row Vol. 4 title and a treasure. 

Snowflakes in Photographs by W.A. Bentley - This wonderful book includes Mr. Bentley's photographs of snowflakes taken during a 50 year period.  Remarkable considering these were made over 100 years ago!

I usually don't recommend modern books, but this is worthy of an exception.  The Secret Life of a Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrect also includes breathtaking photographs of snowflakes along with the science behind them.

After immersing yourselves in these books, your snowball fights will never be the same.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Book Sale List Updated

Living ideas through living books...a gift to treasure.

My book sale list has been updated with many such treasures for your gift-giving needs.  See the link at the top of the page.  If you have trouble, you may also click here.

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