Song of the Brook is still my favorite of the Nordtvedt stories for 3-4th grade readers. Reading this book brought to mind memories of my own Norwegian grandmother and the stories she would tell. The other charm I feel every time I read it is remembering brand new students who came to me following a move from Washington to Minnesota. In the story, Hilda traveled from Minnesota to Washington. I can still remember connecting with those students sharing details of the Pacific Northwest as it is tod Song of the Brook is still my favorite of the Nordtvedt stories for 3-4th grade readers. Reading this book brought to mind memories of my own Norwegian grandmother and the stories she would tell. The other charm I feel every time I read it is remembering brand new students who came to me following a move from Washington to Minnesota. In the story, Hilda traveled from Minnesota to Washington. I can still remember connecting with those students sharing details of the Pacific Northwest as it is today with how it is portrayed in the book.Beyond those very personal recollections, I adore teaching this novel as it presents a young follower of Christ and her family being faced with the kind of problems we run into every day: jealousy, loss, fear and shows a warm, loving family that turns to the Word of God for answers in the midst of it all. My students find Hilda and her inner view very relatable. They long to find hidden brooks of their own to listen to outside of their own windows. They find awe and wonder in the caterpillar that metamorphoses into a butterfly. They even share Hilda"s sorrow and hope with Bestafar, honorary grandfather to all the children in the family, not just his own by blood. Some have even taken to writing poetry as Hilda is also inspired to try her hand at verses. It"s just that good.*Note: as is common to Abeka"s curriculum, some emphasis is placed on decision theology in this novel. They push hard at this age because they believe children must make a rational decision to believe in Christ around 3-4th grade. We actually use that as a teaching point to stress the role the Holy Spirit plays in conversion and how we cannot choose to believe on our own. ...even more


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This book was the very first book I read after learning how to read.

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My father was the one who bought me books and encouraged me to read. This book is so memorable ♡