Title: Christians CourageousChristians Courageous
Author: Anne E. Schraff
Illustrator: Ned Ostendorf
Pages: 70
Reading Level: 7-10
Star Rating: ★★★

When I found this book at Goodwill last week, I knew there was the possibility that I had read it in my childhood since I did the ACE literature program for a few years, but I couldn’t remember positively. It turns out I had read it, but just didn’t remember anything from it.

Part of that is probably because not much was related concerning the ‘Courageous’ Christians chosen for this biography. Five people were included.

Jedidiah Smith, overland adventurer who shared the gospel across the continent in the early 1800s.

Elijah Lovejoy, who persisted in printing what he believed to be God’s truth in his magazine, despite violent displays against him.

Sojourner Truth, who was raised without wealth or education but who obeyed the call to share Christ across the nation.

Joseph Brant-Thayendanegea, a Mohawk chief who converted to Christianity and taught his people about the Bible.

Clara Barton, who pioneered army medical practices in America.

It is said that Clara Barton was born on Christmas Day just like Jesus. I thought this comment showed shoddy scholarship, seeing as nobody knows if Jesus was actually born on the day we celebrate his advent.

What bothered me far more, however was the obvious display of amateur publishing in the placing of uneven numbers on the left hand pages, rather than the right. It shouldn’t have, but this rattled me considerably. What a snob I am. :D

Conclusion. Children with the reading skills to handle this book would probably prefer more in-depth biographies of the individuals mentioned.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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