I’m going to be crazy bossy here and tell you this: if you read nothing else to your kids this year, read The Green Ember. This is a book that will steep your family’s imagination in the good, true, and beautiful. The characters encounter tremendous difficulty and face them with indomitable courage. You will laugh, cry, and find your heart racing. You will wonder if you could possibly live up to the nobility and fortitude Heather and Picket.
You will, in short, fall down a rabbit hole. :)
I stumbled across The Green Ember during some random late night clicking and had no idea I had found such a treasure. Afte reading it with my kids, I started shouting about it from the rooftops and wrote to the author, asking if he’d please-pretty-please come on the podcast to talk about heroic virtue and holy imagination in chilren’s literature.
Guess what? He said yes.
This is an absolutely fantastic episode. Click the play button below and see for yourself. :)
Click that play button below to hear the podcast!
Books we talked about during the show:
Other links from this episode:
- StoryWarren site (this sweet little video gets right to the heart of StoryWarren)
- S.D. Smith’s site
- Sam’s blog post about the value of explaining up, not dumbing down when talking to your kids
- Sarah’s book, Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace
- Randall Goodgame’s fabulous music for kids
- Andrew Peterson’s music and books
- Zach Franzen, the illustrator for The Green Ember
- Andrew Kern from the CiRCE Institute