Anselm of Canterbury


Posted by Bambi

I have had my eye on Simonetta Carr’s Church History books for children, for quite some time.  Pricey, they are.  So when Cross Focused Reviews offered a free copy for a review, I jumped on the opportunity.

I believe one of the missing disciplines in the lives of Christians is the study of church history.  Studying church history produces in us a humility as we read of our Christian forefathers who served Jesus unto death.  It puts our own meager efforts in perspective when we read of martyrs, willing to give all.

Also, church history can help us see our error.  If we don’t read of the errors in the history of the church, we are doomed to repeat them.  Old heresies can creep up again and again and it helps to have a knowledge of them. Therefore, we have quite a few church history resources on our shelves here at home.  But aside from a few mediocre biographies, I just haven’t been able to find much for the 7-10 range to cut their teeth on.

Simonetta Carr’s Anselm of Canterbury delivered.  While the information can be dry, the story of Anselm is presented in an engaging way for younger students of church history.  Also, the illustrations are particularly beautiful.

Have you ever heard of Anselm?  I hadn’t either, but I have long been impressed enough with Carr’s collection of titles, to know that I should know who he is. <blush>

Anselm was a great theologian and deep thinker,  who lived during the time between Augustine of Hippo and Thomas Aquinas. That is, the 12th century.  Therefore, Anselm lived in a world quite different from ours. In Anselm of Canterbury, the big questions before Anselm, and therefore what Carr presents to young readers are, “Why did God have to become man? If God can do anything, couldn’t He have saved His people some other way?” With clarity and simplicity, Simonetta Carr presents Anselm’s Biblical answer to this question in a way that children can easily comprehend, without over-simplifying the concept.

Carr is certainly a gifted author, and the words of truth come off the page in an easy-going manner, not coming across as “preachy.”

While Carr’s books are said to be written to children as young as seven, I found that Anselm was way over my (almost) seven-year-old’s head.  Sarah Grace, who is eight, had more understanding, but honestly… it took some effort on her part.  However, by age 9-11 I think just about any kid would enjoy and benefit from the book, taking away knowledge they didn’t previously have.  In my opinion, the book is a great length for narrations if you are of the Charlotte Mason persuasion 😉

I would really love to add the rest of Carr’s titles to our shelves:

John Calvin

Augustine of Hippo

John Owen


Lady Jane Grey

I think Anselm of Canterbury is an excellent childhood introduction to the life of this great thinker.  You can purchase the book at one of our favorite book stores: Monergism Books.




Posted by Sarah Grace

This book is about a girl named Pollyanna. Pollyanna is an orphaned girl who goes to live with her strict aunt. Pollyanna loves carpets and pictures. When she gets to her aunt’s house, she finds a big surprise. Instead of finding carpets and pictures she finds a hot musty attic room (that is hers). All the other rooms were beautiful.

But Pollyanna and her ”Glad Game” find a way to be glad about everything. The ”Glad Game” all started when she wanted a doll from the missionary barrel (because her father was a pastor), but she got crutches instead of the doll she wanted. The good thing about that is, you can be glad that you are not the one that has to use those crutches. Pollyanna is able to transform the sick, the lonely, and the plain miserable with her  “Glad Game.” For instance the lonely Mr. Pendelton, the sick Mrs. Snow, I’m not sure I know one for the miserable but I’m sure there is one! Anyway I liked this book because Pollyanna is so friendly and she tries to make everyone else friendly.

The Story of Dr. Dolittle


Posted by Sarah Grace

Once there was a man named Doctor Dolittle. He loved animals. He got so many animals that he grew very poor from having to buy food for all of them. His sister (who was his housekeeper) got very angry with him for being so poor. She said ”I’m not going to be your housekeeper any more if you do not quit buying animals.” He even had some white mice inside of his piano!

Dr. Dolittle was a people doctor not a veterinarian. Later he decided he wanted to be a veterinarian. He also had a parrot that taught him how to speak animal talk! Everybody brought their animals to Dr. Dolittle. For instance, there was a horse that was having trouble with his eyes. The people who owned the horse had brought him to several different veterinarians but none of them could speak animal talk. The horse told Doctor Dolittle what he really needed.

He said ” I need some sun shades!”

Doctor Dolittle said ” O.K. I will get you some sun shades!”

The horse got sun shades and he got better.

Then you will go with Doctor Dolittle as he goes across the ocean to be with some sick monkeys and becomes famous!

I liked this book because it was exciting. I looked forward to reading it everyday until it was finished. I like exciting books.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

mr poppers penguins

Posted by Sarah Grace

Once there was a man named Mr. Popper. He was a painter and decorator. His favorite animals were penguins. One day a box came for Mr. Popper. He wondered what was inside of it. He opened the box and to his surprise there was a penguin in it! A South Pole penguin! He loved his penguin so much that he named the penguin Captain Cook.

One day Captain Cook got very sick. Mr. Popper was afraid that he was going to die! Mr. Popper decided to call someone who knew about penguins.

The person said that Captain Cook was missing his family, and that he had a penguin that was just as sick. The man said ”I will bring her over to your house. Her name is Greta.”

They put Captain Cook and Greta together and they got better. Captain Cook and Greta had lots of babies. That’s how they became famous!

I liked this book because it is very funny and because it is good for boys AND girls. If you have this book in your home you should definitely read it.

In Grandma’s Attic

in grandma's attic

Posted by Sarah Grace

In Grandma’s Attic is a book about a girl named Mable and her brothers Roy and Reuben and their parents. This book has a lot of funny chapters in it. A lot of the chapters are about Mable as a little girl. For instance, when Mable went to buy shoes with her Ma she saw some little gray shoes. She loved the shoes so much that she lied about them! She said, ”Oh they fit just fine.” But they really didn’t. Ma said ”Are you sure Mable? You only get one pair of shoes for the winter.” Mable said ”I’m sure.” Then when Mable got them home she wore them for a few months. Then they grew too small so she had to wear some of her older brother’s shoes for the rest of the winter.

I liked this book because it has lots of girl things in it.  There are more Grandma’s Attic books, but this is the only one I’ve read.  I’m sure you will love this book if you ever bought it. I hope you like this book review.

Mom’s note: The Grandma’s Attic collection make good read-alouds.  The stories teach the rewards of virtuous behavior as well as the consequences of poor choices.  They are “moralistic” in nature, and some chapters contain Bible verses.  The stories are wholesome and many times humorous. I read these stories to Sarah Grace at age 6-7 and she (now 8) reads them alone.

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle


Posted by Sarah Grace

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is about a lady, and her name was Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle loves children. She always has a cure for the kids in her neighborhood that have problems. There was a boy named Hubert that would not pick up his toys. Next, there was Mary who would answer back rudely when she was asked to do something. Then there was Dick who was a very selfish little boy. Then there was Patsy who would not take a bath. There were many other children who had problems in the neighborhood, and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle helped all these kids. I like this book because it has chapters about boys AND girls. I liked it also because it was very funny. The funniest chapter was Mary who would answer back. Mary got a parrot to teach her not to say ugly words.

I liked the book so much, Mama helped me and Stephen make a lapbook:

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Birth of Rosemary 105

Birth of Rosemary 106

The Hundred Dresses

Posted by Sarah Grace

The Hundred Dresses is about little girl named Wanda and some other girls. There were two girls at school that would tease her. They would ask her how many dresses she had because they wanted to hear her talk about her dresses. Wanda would say, “I have a hundred dresses all lined up in my closet.” Any body could tell that was a lie. Wanda only had one dress. Wanda had no mother.

At the end of the book Wanda moves away. Wanda is very good at drawing. Even though the two girls teased her, Wanda gave the two girls some pictures of her drawings for Christmas.

I really liked this book because it is about girls. I felt sad for Wanda because she didn’t have a mother. I think my little sister will like this book when she grows up.

I am thankful that I have a mother.  Wanda had to iron her own clothes.  My mom does it for me.