I’m almost sure I read Lord of the Flies in school—almost. I was in accelerated English classes in middle school, which put me ahead by high school and means I missed some of the things that everyone was “supposed” to read. But I think I read it. Or at the very least I got an excellent summary of it that remains in my head because it feels very familiar. Betsy’s article below is a fascinating deep dive into how to approach this work of literature—so whether it’s for school this year or just for you, maybe it’s time we all revisit that one that we think we read sometime.
Around the Web
Lord of the Flies: A Christian Response
Betsy at Redeemed Reader looks at an approach to this classic.
- A plane crashes on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere. Pilot? Killed in the crash? Passengers? A group of boys, ranging in age from fairly young (age 6 or so?) to young teens. Adults? None.
God Makes Good Bodies: Do Our Souls Know It Well?
Tara Sun reminds us of a right view of the body.
- Resentment and embarrassment flooded my heart as I looked around the room at a half a dozen beautiful bridesmaids.
26 Must Read Farm Stories(Preschool Level) For Kids
I mean, if you don’t have Click, Clack, Moo memorized, do you even know a child?
- We have collected 26 must-read farm stories for kids that your little kids, older children, and local farmer students will love! Young readers will love this farm book list that includes everything from cows and hens to trucks and tractors. Grab your young children, your favorite farm stories, and let’s enjoy some good books and farm activities!
Understanding Wisdom: An Artist’s Reflection
Lisa Tarplee explores wisdom through the eyes of an artist.
- In the creative arts, the artist often uses a primer as the first step of her work. Before any color or lines are added, she covers the surface to prepare it to better receive mediums such as paint, pastel, charcoal. Priming readies the substrate to better display the artist’s vision as it allows the colors to shine pure and vivid in color and contrast.
Around the Warren
The Other Great Parenting Books
Kathryn Butler points to some great books.
- For the past two years, the realities of life in a pandemic have posed enormous challenges for parents. In the best cases, masks and testing, remote learning and limited childcare have strained family rhythms and routines. In the worst, COVID has claimed the lives of loved ones, stirring our kids to wakefulness as they grieve and wrangle with questions that cut to the heart of their faith: Why would God allow a pandemic? Why didn’t he save my loved one? Is God really good?
He Loved the World: A Short Biography of E.B. White
Kelly Keller tells the story of one the of the great children’s writers of the twentieth century.
- “‘Where’s Papa going with that axe?’ said Fern.”
If you’ve read it, you recognize it. The opening line of Charlotte’s Web ranks among my very favorites. Behind the beloved story of best friends Charlotte and Wilbur is the man who created them: EB White. There are so many features of Charlotte’s Web that speak loudly about White’s real life: the pig, the farm, the barn floor, the spider, and a love affair with all of them.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Have you ever done marble painting? It’s a ton of fun!
Something to Watch
So, those numbers on the runways at airports—did you ever wonder what they mean? CGP Grey is here to tell us.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team