We are back in Arizona after our two week vacation in Utah to see our older 2 sons/brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Now that we are back I can embark on getting books for my kids to read recommended in the fabulous book pictured above. It’s also time for another review and giveaway! Today’s review and giveaway is the book Give Your Child the World by homeschool mom, blogger, and author Jamie C. Martin. Jamie is doing a summer book club in conjunction with the publication of this new book. To learn about the “Read the World Summer Book Club” go here. It started this past Monday June 27 and goes until August 22nd I showed the summer book club/challenge to my kids and the prizes that were available. They weren’t that interested in the prizes. What is it with these kids?! They are so much less motivated than my first batch of kids, ages 18-22, who are out of the nest and flying well. It’s like I have “two families” of kids and the second family, ages 6 to 14, are so different! They complain I have nothing in this house for them to read when we are brimming with books! So now I am bribing them to do the challenge by paying them money for each book they read from the lists in the book. I would really like to broaden their tastes for different kinds of books (namely, beyond fantasy) so I think this summer book challenge will help with that.
We printed off the downloadable book log/tracker forms and I have them taped up on the wall around a world map. We got books from the library. We started reading last Tuesday night. This past week the theme of the book club is “Multicultural Week,” which corresponds to Chapter 5 of the Read Your Child the World book. Next week is “Africa Week.” If your child reads one book according to the theme of each week, the child can enter the random drawing for prizes at the end of the book challenge in August. If you read books that are listed in Jamie’s book pictured above then you can get double entries!
I give this book 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. That’s because I wish that I could change the title. I don’t want to “give my child the world.” I want to give my child a love for all of God’s children who live in this world. I understand though that the author is appealing to everyone, not just God-believing people, so she chose the title she did. It also bothers me just a bit that the author has notes for certain books letting the reader know that that book has mention of religion or religious beliefs. I don’t believe that religion is something to be “warned” about. Despite those two things, I am enjoying the book. I bought the Kindle format. So I love that with my Kindle app I can have this book on my phone. I can easily take my phone with me to the library to find books to check out, if I forget, to ahem, plan and put the books on hold at the library online.
The book has 12 chapters, divided into two parts. The first part is written to persuade you as to why it is important to give your child a “global perspective.” It also included tips on how to create a “global consciousness” in your child with guides to ethical spending and connecting with global causes The second part has a chapter explaining how to use the lists in succeeding chapters. Then each chapter after that has lists of recommended reading for the following cultural themes:
- Middle East
- North America
- Latin America
- Australia, Oceania, and the Polar Regions
Then in each of these lists, Jamie breaks up the recommendations of books into three age groups: 4 to 6 yr. olds (so picture books), 6 to 8 year olds (easy readers), 8 to 10 year olds (chapter books), and 10 to 12 year olds (chapter books for older kids). I totally appreciate these recommendations, because I realize how Euro and American-centric my book reading with my kids has been. I totally needed to know what other books are out there to represent other cultures! I plan on using this guide for many years to come, not just this summer. It will take us a long time to read all the books recommended.
So I am giving away a copy of this book! Please comment below with why you are interested in this book. The drawing will be held a week from today on Sat. July 16, 2016. If you don’t want to wait to see if you win a copy, then buy it today on Amazon! The Kindle version is only 8.99 and the paperback, through Prime, is only 9.89. A total deal if you ask me!
Note: I paid for this book to review with my own money so no need for anyone to suspect that my opinion was persuaded at all by a sponsor.