Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Sarah's new blog and book... and a giveaway!
Truth in advertising here. I think Sarah Clarkson is one of the loveliest young women I have ever met. She is real. Velveteen Rabbit real. My fondest memory of Sarah was when she was visiting my daughter and our visit overlapped a couple of days.
When heading off to bed, I stopped by the living room to say goodnight to "the girls" and found one curled up on the sofa and the other equally cozy in a chair... talking and nodding their heads and finding fellowship that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.
My daughter told me she was asked at one time how the two families came to be friends. She told them it was because her mother writes about her cat. Hmmm... there is a grain of truth in that. Kind of...
Sarah's new book is called Caught Up in a Story: Fostering a Storyformed Life of Great Books & Imagination With Your Children. Whew! From here on out, I will just call it "Storyformed" for the sake of simplicity.
When I read Storyformed, I didn't know what to expect. I rather assumed it would be similar to her previous book, Read for the Heart. But instead I found myself immediately taken up with a lovely story about Sarah and her brother in play when they were young.
"...We walked that day with the loping ease of young idealists. There was magic in the air, a scented wind with a heady mix of autumn’s death and brightness that worked like a truth potion on the both of us; we thoughtlessly told the dreams we usually hoarded in silence. Our secrets? Stories. The stories we loved in books, the favorite tales that captured our vision and challenged our dreams. But also the stories we told about ourselves, the narratives we formed in imagination of who we might become and what we might accomplish. Those were the far more telling secrets and we marveled to hear ourselves voice our hopes to accomplish brave deeds, to tell great stories, to live as heroes in the tale of our time.
As we strode that autumn road we recalled the tales that had formed our dreams and we examined their respective heroes; Lucy in Narnia or Aragorn in Middle Earth, Martin the Warrior of Redwall, or even Freckles, the courageous guard of the Limberlost. If they could fight and love, defeat darkness, make beauty, why not us? With each pound of step we imagined the future, each pulse of blood brought our dreams of bravery into speech. Everything seemed possible then and it filled us with a breathless laughter. When we reached the bend in the road, pausing an instant before we turned, I asked him back: “What hero will you be?”...
While this book is about the importance of good books in the raising of children (Storyformed... children who are formed by the stories they hear), you can tell from the above excerpt that it reads like a novel. It is wonderful.
While Sarah provides many titles for us to make a place for on our bookshelves, as she does in Read for the Heart, this book takes us further into the importance of great stories in the life of a child and within a family.
The Table of Contents are:
Exposition: Awakening Your Child to Wonder
Rising Action: Invite Your Child to Explore
Crisis: Strengthen Your Child to Choose
Falling Action: Encourage Your Child to Endure
Denouement: Inspire Your Child to Hope
Sarah shares what she has learned in her studies of literature, including her time at Oxford. So much that I didn't know, even after living a life filled with books. She also writes about personal experiences so one never feels they are in a lecture or reading anything close to "how to" "do this" or "teach that".
This is a love letter to the art of... Story. As well as one of the few books I have ever stated is a must read! You most likely will love it. Especially if you love books. Oh... and it is not just for the families with young children at home. It is for grandparents. It is for uncles and aunts. It is for the single person who loves books.
Sarah is giving away a book to one fortunate person here. All you have to do is to leave a comment before 5:00 PM EST Thursday. It is that simple.
To order through Amazon, mosey on over... here.* I have added the book to my Amazon widget, too.
Today is also the official launch of the new Storyformed blog and Sarah is offering a beautiful give away on it... here.
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