Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Book Review: Kittens Teach Charity the Clown


Kittens Teach Charity the Clown by Marjorie Andrews - Harbold
By: Marjorie Andrews and Chad Thompson
Published by:  Halo Publishing International; Date: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-935268-74-1
Price: $11.95
Ages: 4-8
Rating:  5 stars
Reviewed by: Wayne S. Walker

Synopsis: If you have a pet or know someone who does, how do you care for it?  Eight-year-old Charity is not an ordinary girl.  She is a clown, like her mother and father and even her grandparents.  One day, Charity is bored and hopes that one of her friends will call.  When Granny Clown calls, she answers, “You need to get off the phone!  One of my friends might call.”  Her mom says that she was rude to Granny, but before Charity can call her back to apologize, she goes out to play with her friend Darlena and they find four abandoned kittens, so they put them in a box and take them to Charity’s house.  Mom says that Charity can keep the kittens until they are old enough to find homes for them.  Of course, it will involve a lot of work.  Taking care of the kittens helps Charity learn a lot about love and kindness.  She should be happy, but she knows that something is still wrong.  What important lesson do the kittens teach Charity?  How will she respond?  And will she ever find homes for them? 

Overall thoughts: Kittens Teach Charity the Clown is a really neat story for children about making good choices with God’s help and is intended to be the first in a series of “Charity” books.  Readers are invited to write author Marjorie Andrews with suggestions for what Charity should do regarding the kittens.  And there is a page of discussion questions for parents to use in reinforcing the wonderful message. 

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