Dangerous Journey: the Story of Pilgrim's Progress
John Bunyan--retold by Oliver Hunkin
Summary: Christian is on a journey. Convinced that he is living in a city bound for destruction, Christian leaves his life behind, shoulders his terrible burden and heads toward a life that brings everlasting joy. Along the way he encounters many dangers and pitfalls. He is tested, tried, tempted and encouraged. Enjoy this pictorial classic of a pilgrim's journey through a sinful world, told in 8 chapters.
Personal Thoughts: In my opinion, this is the best version of Pilgrim's Progress for little ones. The pictures are great--giving an excellent visual of the journey which will hopefully stimulate conversation between you and your little one about spiritual pilgrimage.
The Princess and the Kiss
Summary: A king and a queen receive a beautiful baby girl and give their daughter a special gift from God--her first kiss. While the princess grew, the king and queen kept this gift safe. As the princess becomes of age, the king and queen tell her about this kiss and explain to her that it is hers to keep or to give away--but to use great wisdom in making such a decision. Soon the suitors come to call. The princess quickly recognizes that most of them would not cherish her kiss. Finally a poor young farmer comes to visit. He respectfully bows to the king and queen and humbly admits that he has no gift of value to give her aside from one thing-- his own first kiss.
Personal Thoughts: This is a story about purity told in a manner that is very appropriate for children. I would hope that many parents would take the opportunity to read this book to their daughters and have a godly discussion on the topic of purity. I found the story very gripping, very sweet and one that would relate to girls wonderfully. I heartily endorse this book.
Quote: On the following morning, Prince Treasurechest came to call. He brought gifts of gold, jewels and costly silken robes. "See the presents I have bought you Princess," said Prince Treasurechest. "You will never lack for fine clothes. Marry me Princess, for I can give you the best of everything."
Indeed, when the princess saw the beautiful things the prince had bought for her, she did not doubt that he would buy her anything her heart desired. "But with all these riches," she thought, "he does not need my kiss. My kiss will not be special to him."
So the princess sent Prince Treasurechest away too.
The Squire and the Scroll
Summary: A wonderful story for children about staying true to God's Word in the face of great temptations. A squire receives a scroll from his parents just before he is about to embark on a quest for the king. This scroll contains words of wisdom that the boy has learned as a child. As the young squire accompanies the brave knight, he uses his scroll to give him direction as he faces difficult circumstances and temptations on his journey. Of course, the underlying theme is to stay true to the Word of God and to let the Bible direct all our actions.
Personal Thoughts: If a parent were to read this book to their sons, they could have such a good discussion with them! The book is exciting enough to grip boys--a fierce dragon, quicksand, a battle, a dark cave covered with gems, etc. Also, boys can relate to the excitement of embarking on a quest for a king and becoming a hero in the process. This is a great story with great biblical truth. I will happily endorse it.
Quote: As the two travelled through the shadowy wood, they began to hear sounds like a rushing brook or wind in the trees. Deeper in the forest, the sounds became more like whispers that seemed to come from the plants, the trees, the ground.
Listening intently, the knight and the boy heard evil chants. warnings to turn back, whisperings that made their hearts faint.
But the boy knew how to guard his ears, for he knew the first command of the scroll"
LISTEN ONLY TO WORDS THAT ARE PURE
"The wool!" the lad shouted, and quickly pulled off some soft tufts for the knight and himself to stop up their ears. Now courage could not be stolen from the knight or the boy, and they passed safely through the enchanted wood