Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Jake and Miller's Big Adventure a review

A Review

At what age should you start teaching children about being prepared? Is it ever too early? How do you go about teaching self reliance and preparedness without instilling fear? How would you approach the subject?
I have found that stories are the best way to teach a lesson without bringing fear into the discussion. We should be teaching our children confidence in the face of adversity and skills to be able to overcome whatever they face.

There are children's books on almost every subject, but until recently I have never seen any written about preparedness or self reliance. Then I found Jake and Miller's Big Adventure by Bernie Carr.

This is a great little book. It is wonderfully illustrated and very well written. An excellent books for ages say 2 to 7. Once a child starts school they will begin to move on to other stories.

Does this book "teach" any skills? No, that is our job, but it does help the child to realize there will be a time when they will have to be responsible for themselves. Jake (the little boy) is the confident leader and Miller the frightened child. I really like that the little boy is the confident one. 

I really liked the book, but it was not written for me, it was written for children. Challenge: my youngest is 14. I had to go on a search for children to have it read to so I could tell you what a child thinks. I talked with a couple of sets of parents that I knew would be willing to read this book to their children. All of the children under 5 loved the book, as the children got older their interest began to slide a bit, which is to be expected. All of the parents loved the book.

If I could change anything I wanted about the book, I would only change one thing. I would take A Prepper's Book for Kids out of the title. The reason I say this is because I am concerned that the author has limited the sales potential of the wonderful little book. A Self Reliant Book for Kids would actually serve as a better title.

This book will begin to start the conversation of being responsible. It is not going to teach your child how to purify water or use a bow drill to start a fire, again that is our job.

If you have small children or grandchildren consider adding this book to their bedtime routine.

Help instill Rural Dreams and Homestead Wishes in your children.

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