The Warren & the World is Story Warren’s weekly newsletter, providing a round-up of our favorite things from around the web as well as a review of what was on our site over the past week. We’re glad you’re here!
Around the Web
Why We Need Women: International Women’s Day & Standing with Girls to Change the World
Ann Voskamp writes of women around the globe and their importance on International Women’s Day.
- hen it came it right down to it, she might as well have just been the old woman who shacked up in a shoe.
True, she seemed only about 5’2, and her worn and weathered skin looked like polished leather, and she was all of a frail eighty-eight years old, but there are women who make sure wherever they live is taking steps in the right direction.
When we knocked on her door just before an afternoon storm blew up over the hills in the east, the 88 year old woman beckoned us straight into her circle of 10 big-eyed, hungry kids. Every face in the room was nuanced and intricate, rich with story.
Women who want an easy story rarely change history.
Nonfiction Picture Books Round-up: Biographies, Science, and Words
- A round-up of 2018 nonfiction picture books on all sorts of subjects and for all sorts of ages!
The Power of Daffodils
- Have you ever read “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” William Wordsworth’s famous 1807 poem about the daffodils? It is worth quoting in full, and for a reason that you may not have considered:
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Luther’s Musical Innovations
Gene Vieth has a piece on what we owe to Martin Luther every time we sing in church.
- Christianity Today’s online Christian History feature has a special section on Martin Luther this month. It includes articles on Luther’s specific contributions to music by Concordia Theological Seminary professor Paul Grime and Loyola musicologist Colin Holman.
In his article Luther: The Musician, Holman gives this great quotation from Luther, one that I wasn’t familiar with:
Looking at music itself, you will find that from the beginning of the world it has been instilled and implanted in all creatures, individually and collectively.
Around the Warren
Reading with Compassion
Adam Callis explores the ways we learn compassion through reading.
- My son Oliver has a book on opposites that features old illustrations of Winnie the Pooh characters. He calls it his “Pooh book.” Each part of the book has two pictures that are in some way opposite to each other. For instance, one part shows Pooh and Piglet gathering around a fireplace with the heading “Warm,” while the other picture shows them sitting on a fence out in the snow with the heading “Cold.” After reading it several times—and I do mean several—he’s gotten pretty good at describing what’s going on to me. One of his favorite portions is a scene that shows on one page a dejected-looking, and tail-less, Eeyore with the heading “Sad,” while the other page shows Eeyore standing on his head with his tail back on and the heading “Happy.”
Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin
Clay Clarkson recommends Marguerite Henry’s books.
- We read lots of historical fiction to our children. Most books were good at imparting information, some were rich in explanation, some filled us with inspiration, but only a few captured our imagination. It took a true storyteller to do that. The words “history” and “story” are from the same Latin and Greek root words, so the best history comes wrapped in a story, not canned in a textbook. And Marguerite Henry was one of our family’s favorite storytellers (1902-1997, author of 59 children’s books, most of them about horses).
Something to Do with Your Kids
Over at What Do We Do All Day, Erica has instructions on how to make tessellations, a math/art activity that’s great for kids.
And Something to Watch
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