You Can Give Your Child the World
Of course, you may ask how can you give your child the world?
Does a certain image come up when you see that phrase? Do you picture material wealth? Luxury? Ease and comfort?
How about these?
Anne of Green Gables.
The Neverending Story.
The Good Earth.
One Book at a Time
Do those conjure any images? Pictures of another time? Another place? Songs? Feelings?
Good stories have a way of doing just that. Taking us to another place. Teaching us how to be better people. Reminding us that life is worth living.
In the book, Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time, author, Jamie C. Martin, also reminds us of something. She reminds us that we can also find power within a good story.
From chapter one, she invites us to share in a story. A love story. Her own story. We sit with her “watching God show off” through each page. While she steps into each new land, we walk with her in her good story.
Upon first look at the title, it is very clear what Jamie’s goal is. She wants to help parents use the stories in good books to raise kids that are globally minded. Kids that understand that being globally minded means the world is most definitely not flat. That it also means life does not solely exist in their neighborhood or their state or their country.
Jamie shares her experiences with the reader like she would an intimate group joining her in her favorite backyard spot. Hot beverage in hand. Relishing the time to be able to sit and talk with another adult. Listening for inspiration and encouragement.
After reading about Jamie’s own global love stories, I loved how she showed the different ways we can transport our children to many lands and cultures through the gift of story. Then, she directs us to a fantastic, personally curated book list filled with stories that enable us to do just that. And to also bring the world – a global awareness – to them.
Encouragement and inspiration found.
Therefore, I am joining the long list of people who have made a permanent spot on their bookshelves for Give Your Child the World. I’d also like to encourage you to be one of those people as well.
Allow yourself to hold your child’s hand as you walk together down the lane of Prince Edward Island. Be there to encourage them as they decide to face the truth even if it means possibly losing an empire. Guide them while they expand their boundaries and open the eyes of their hearts.
Know that you can find amazing adventures in the wonderful listings within Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time.
So now I say to you, Bon voyage!