This week in RE March 24

This week in RE March 24

Children in K-5 attended Children’s Chapel on March 24th. We told the story of “What Do You Do With a Chance” by Kobi Yamada. We discussed what kinds of chances we’ve taken in our lives, and what chances we are sorry to have missed. We talked about the most important things to remember in our life journeys so far, then started work on our own Journey Sticks. You can read more about journey sticks here:

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Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (Caldecott Honor Book) by Carole Boston Weatherford (Author), Kadir Nelson (Illustrator) 
“Tubman’s religious faith drives this handsome, poetic account of her escape to freedom and role in the Underground Railroad. The story begins with Tubman addressing God on a summer night as she is about to be sold south from the Maryland plantation where she and her husband live: I am Your child, Lord; yet Master owns me, /drives me like a mule. In resounding bold text, God tells her He means for her to be free. … Deep scenes of night fill many double pages as the dramatic paintings follow her tortuous journey, arrival in Philadelphia, and later trip to guide others. … Whether filled with apprehension, determination, or serenity, Tubman’s beautifully furrowed face is expressive and entrancing. … –Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) by Mary Williams (Author), R. Gregory Christie (Author), Gregory Christie (Illustrator) 
“During the mid-1980s, Sudan was embroiled in civil war in which over two million lives were lost. Williams bases this fictional picture book on the harrowing, real-life experiences of a band of approximately 30,000 southern Sudanese boys, between the ages of 8 and 15, who walked nearly 1000 miles searching for a safe refuge. Eight-year-old Garang Deng, one of the leaders, tells his story. Traveling by night, foraging for food, plagued by violence, hunger, illness, and death, the journey is a perilous one. They finally make it to a refugee camp in Ethiopia where they meet an American named Tom who helps them.” . – Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH (Amazon reviewer)

Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey by Doug Kuntz (Author), Amy Shrodes (Author), Sue Cornelison (Illustrator)“This heartwarming true story about one lost cat’s journey to be reunited with his refugee family gently introduces children to a difficult topic and shows how ordinary people can help with compassion and hope.” – Amazon.

Two White Rabbits by Jairo Buitrago (Author), Rafael Yockteng (Illustrator), Elisa Amado (Translator) 
“In this moving and timely story, a young child describes what it is like to be a migrant as she and her father travel north toward the U.S. border. They travel mostly on the roof of a train known as The Beast, but the little girl doesn’t know where they are going. She counts the animals by the road, the clouds in the sky, the stars. Sometimes she sees soldiers. She sleeps, dreaming that she is always on the move, although sometimes they are forced to stop and her father has to earn more money before they can continue their journey. As many thousands of people, especially children, in Mexico and Central America continue to make the arduous journey to the U.S. border in search of a better life, this is an important book that shows a young migrant’s perspective.” – Amazon

The Conference of the Birds by Alexis York Lumbard (Adapter), Demi (Illustrator), Seyyed Hossein Nasr (Foreword)
“Lavishly illustrated by award-winning illustrator, Demi, this magical and inspiring story of the adventures of a flock of wayfaring birds in search of their king will delight children with its tales of overcoming fear, physical hardship, and inner limitations. Based on an 800-year-old classical parable, and retold by mother of three, Alexis York Lumbard, it will provide parents with a unique opportunity to teach moral and spiritual development to their children.” – Amazon

“The Fountain of Fair Fortune” from Tales of Beedle the Bard by J K Rowling


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