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Friday, August 28, 2009

The Giant Killer

We will break through the web of Sloth, struggle out of the pit of Selfishness, choke up the fount of Anger, flee the secret lurking-place of Untruth, and triumph over our most malicious enemy—Pride.

The Giant Killer, written in 1856, is a great book to use as a read-aloud to your children. In fact, it would make a great family devotional tool.

The book starts off introducing a nice family with 3 children. Two spoiled brothers end up coming to live with this family for awhile. While you might think the book would focus on all the faults of these two rascals, it goes much deeper in teaching the "good" kids to look at themselves and see the areas they are lacking in, especially once their world is not as they are used to.

The giant killer part enters in when the mother uses stories to teach the children about conquering Giant Sloth or Giant Untruth. Our middle daughter loves hearing about the giants. She is only 5 1/2, but would listen intently. I know that much of the allegory is over her head still, but we will reread this book when she is older.

Here is another review:

"The Giant Killer takes the reader back to a time before auto-mobiles. It is a time of horse drawn carriages and Church every Sunday. The story is about a family which must adjust to the new arrival of two spoilt boys, who arrive at the outset of the tale. The mother of the house reads to the children the tale of "The Giant Killer" over a couple of weeks. In-between readings the children are inspired to inspect their responsibilities to family, community and God; and how to get along with each other. This is a great book to start introducing children to Biblical values and wisdom. 5-10 year olds "
-----by J.P.

This is one of those classics that will have a permanent spot in our bookcase. If you'd like to own a copy, please click here.

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