DESCRIPTIONWhilst carrying out extensive research into the world of children’s books, covering nearly one thousand stories, I have discovered amongst their pages widespread distortion of Christian truth, such that would confuse the issues of good and evil and affect both family life and society in profound ways. Despite advancing technology, books are as much in demand as ever, with young readers greatly influenced by their fictional friends. Over several years, as a teacher, school-governor and mother, I have gathered together the evidence into a thorough but easy-to-read review entitled “Secret Messages”.Considering the materialistic age we live in, it is surprising how many stories have a “religious” setting, with supernatural powers, rituals and values which are far from Christian, yet are convincingly portrayed. In these alternative scenarios, there are no absolutes: all is relative. Admirable qualities such as honesty, unselfishness and respect are ignored. There is a negative view of authority: heroes and heroines model defiance and secrecy from parents.The fact that violence is increasing in our primary schools, as well as on our streets, causes us to question, “Why?” Few are aware that aggressive attitudes are being fuelled in part by children’s reading materials, not just horror comics or role-playing game-books, but mainstream junior fiction. Chapter 8 investigates this problem, with many examples.“Witchy books” are another concern. This survey compares them with traditional folk-tales and fantasy, revealing the false messages promoted by them. It also ranges far wider over the whole gamut of pagan, New-Age and psychic persuasions infiltrating even the most innocuous of titles. Youngsters are being conditioned to accept the occult as harmless fun: its dangers are being diluted.We are deceived if we think that anything a child enjoys reading is better than nothing. My investigations have revealed how children are being introduced to dark humour, being targeted by propaganda, taught bad language and sloppy grammar, given poor role-models and false images of God in many of the books available for them to read. My aim is to highlight these dangers, to compare the messages being delivered with Biblical truth, and present the challenge, “Is that what you want your child to absorb?”“Secret Messages” is a clear and helpful resource which will enable readers to make their own assessments. It includes examples of good modern literature for children and recommendations for positive action. I believe this book will also be acceptable to non-Christians because it appeals to common sense and avoids jargon. Our youngsters deserve higher standards that will not only encourage them to read, but also be of benefit to their lives.
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Recommended by writing instructors and award-winning authors.Many of us think of children's picture books as being written mostly with simple declarative sentences. What an eye-opener to learn that they are actually filled with delightful figures of speech. I am not talking here about the common figures of speech we learn about in grade school: simile, onomatopoeia, alliteration, hyperbole and personification. I am talking about more subtle and sophisticated figures of speech which we may not even recognize as figures at all (until they are pointed out to us), but their use gives stories a charm and freshness that stands up to repeated readings. These figures have names which are eminently forgettable but the figures themselves make the stories in which they appear eminently memorable. In this volume, I point out many figures which appear in masterworks of children's picture storybooks, so that they may be appreciated and savored, and their patterns emulated in your own work.This ebook is a print replica.Download this book and get a second book FREE. Details inside.
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