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
New Release: Wingfeather Saga Animated Film Soundtrack
Our friends over at the Rabbit Room have now released the soundtrack for the Wingfeather Saga animated film that came out in December. If you loved the film, you’ll love this collection.
- Did you watch the Wingfeather Saga animated film and feel deeply moved by the mysterious, enchanting music that helped tell the story? Did you think, “I wonder what that song is—I sure do wish I could listen to it anytime I wanted!” If you answered yes, then today is your lucky day.
Tending Your Garden
- One of the challenges of being a mom is that most days are spent doing things that don’t feel important. The tasks you accomplish are quickly undone—laundry, dishes, picking up toys. Whether your days are spent primarily in an office or at home (or in an office at home), every mom understands that motherhood can seem a bit like shoveling snow off your driveway during a snowstorm, and it often doesn’t feel like ministry.
New Picture Book Biographies Round-up (2018)
- We love picture book biographies here at Redeemed Reader, and, thankfully, publishers seem to love them, too!
Below are several new picture book biographies, some by established authors in the field (such as Demi), some stand-alone titles, and a new picture book biography series. Interestingly, TWO titles are about Marie Curie. Most of these are best for upper elementary/middle grades.
Three Essentials for Christian Parenting
- For their Latin class, my middle school students were tasked with memorizing the Apostles’ Creed. What was a chore for them was pure joy for me. I listened to them repeat over and over the systematic presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
That’s when I discovered it. I realized some of the students, most of whom have spent their entire school-aged lives in a Christian school, did not know the gospel. And not only did they not know it; they appeared utterly bored by it.
Around the Warren
Anticipating The Right-Side-Up World Through Imagination
S.D. Smith reminds us of one of the foundational concepts of Story Warren: holy imagination allows children to anticipate the right side up world.
- An old man kneels by a fire, telling imaginative tales to eager children. They hang on his every word, transported from their world to another. Their world is beautiful, but broken. He speaks words into their hearts, words that string together to form new worlds, anticipating the one which will surely come. These are the seeds of the unseen world.
The Word Collector
Laura Peterson shares a favorite book with us.
- Are you a word person? Do you ever pause in your reading just to savor a particular turn of phrase, or marvel at the way words are spelled and sounded out? Have you ever gotten goosebumps during a reading of the Gerard Manly Hopkins poem, “God’s Grandeur”? I can say a hearty “yes!” to all these questions, and if you can, too, then I bet you’ll love Peter H. Reynolds’s picture book The Word Collector as much as I did. Jerome is the name of said collector, and he is a boy after my own heart—he notices words he sees, words he hears, words he reads, words of all kinds, and he writes them down and keeps them in scrapbooks.
Something to Do with Your Kids
I got to hang out at the pool with family this weekend and remembered how much fun the activity can be. If you’ve got access to a pool, perhaps you sometimes need ways to freshen up the activity of going with new games.
And Something to Watch
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