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A Kiwi and an Emu http://kiwiandanemu.org Fri, 08 Mar 2019 09:10:20 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 http://kiwiandanemu.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/cropped-emu-2-32x32.png A Kiwi and an Emu http://kiwiandanemu.org 32 32 What’s Christ got to do, got to do with it? (Head covering, that is). http://kiwiandanemu.org/2019/03/08/whats-christ-got-to-do-got-to-do-with-it/ http://kiwiandanemu.org/2019/03/08/whats-christ-got-to-do-got-to-do-with-it/#respond Fri, 08 Mar 2019 09:00:51 +0000 http://kiwiandanemu.org/?p=1273

What’s Christ got to do

Got to do with it?

How does Christ

Set this thing in motion?

Tina Turner (Lyrics approximate only).

Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonours his head, but every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonours her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a woman will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a woman to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. That is why a woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.

(1 Corinthians 11:2-16 ESV)

What’s Christ got to do with head covering?

Everything, as it turns out. And yet Christ is only mentioned four times in three places in the whole passage.

First place: Verse 3.

But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God.

We’re going to be coming back to verse 3 again a little later, but for now I’m just going to point out a couple of things.

  1. Paul writes this sentence in a bizarre order, or so it seems until we realise that he’s talking about the tradition of headcovering/uncovering, and he’s starting where the tradition itself starts: with men and their head, Christ.
  2. Christ is mentioned at the beginning and at the end of the sentence. At the beginning it is how Christ relates to men; at the end we see (implicitly) one of the ways Christ relates to women.

Second place: Verse 4.

Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonours his head, but every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonours her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven.

In the beginning of verse 4, dishonouring Christ (man’s head) is the reason men should not wear anything on his head while praying and prophesying.

Third place: Verse 11-12.

Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.

And in these verses, the interdependence of man and woman is “in the Lord”.  Christ again.

Three categories…

Okay, let’s work through this together.

Verse three is usually seen as a hierarchy, where each position is higher than the other. But look a little closer.

Each phrase describes members of a particular group or category and one from within that category who is the head. So,

– Christ and men are man (male), and Christ is the head male.

– Men and women are man (human), and “the man” (i.e. men) is the head human.

– God (the Father) and Christ are God (two of the Godhead), and God (the Father) is the head of the Godhead.

Interesting, you say. And…how does that help?

Two families…

Well, think of it this way. Verse three is describing two families – the human family and the “family” of the Godhead. Notice how far God has created the human family in the image of his “family”:

  1. a) both families have a head;
  2. b) the Bible calls both families by the name of the head of that family, i.e. God is the head of God, and man is the head of Man;
  3. c) the Bible teaches that the Son/Christ and the woman are the glory of their respective heads (Hebrews 1:3, 2 Corinthians 4:6 and 1 Corinthians 11:7);
  4. d) the Bible teaches that the Son/Christ and the woman are from their heads (John 1:14, 7:29, 8:42, 16:28, 1 Corinthians 11:8)
  5. e) the Bible teaches that the Son/Christ and the woman exist for their heads (John 5:36, 10:24-29, 17:4, 1 Corinthians 11:9)
  6. f) the Bible also teaches that while the Son/Christ and woman are not head in their “families”, they are interdependent with their heads (John 10:30, 17:4-5, 1 Corinthians 11:11-12). In fact, if you believe that women are less than man, you also believe Christ is less than God, which is not true.

Now, don’t push those similarities too far. Do that, and you won’t only misunderstand this passage, you will venture off into heresy. But those similarities are there, and they show us just how closely God intended Man to reflect him.

But we messed it up.

One Christ…

Look again at verse three. What do you see? Two families who are meant to be joined, separated except for one factor, one person – Jesus Christ. Jesus is the one who is a member of both families, and being a member of both families, he brought them together.

But that’s not enough…

The Head of Man.

It is the Christmas season at the time of writing and one of the themes we celebrate is the virgin birth of Jesus. But a good question to ask is: Why was Jesus born of a virgin?

So by having God as his father he would be both God and man? Yes.

So he would have the divine nature to live sinlessly like Adam failed to do? Yes.

And so he would not have any human father who could claim to be his head.

Headship in the Bible is not limited to this passage, and for those who have followed the debates at the end of the 20th Century, it’s not limited to the Greek word, kephale. God built headship into the human race so that through Christ’s life, death and resurrection, he would become head of a new humanity (Colossians 1:18), tasting death for all (Hebrews 2:9).

Jesus Christ is the head of Man.

The Head Man.

And he is also the head man, which means he shares the same purposes and descriptions spoken of about “man” in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16

We’ve already gone through some of the similarities between the Son/Christ and women. They both are the glory of their heads, come from their heads, and exist for their heads. Following through on the comparisons, you’d think Paul would highlight things about men that show the similarities between men with God the Father. And as far as both men and God the Father both being heads of their families, there is similarity.

However, in verse 7 Paul doesn’t go that direction. Instead, he talks about characteristics that are shared with the Son/Christ:

  1. a) The Son/Christ and men are both the image of God (Hebrews 1:3, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Colossians 1:15, 1 Corinthians 11:7).
  2. b) The Son/Christ and men are both the glory of God (Hebrews 1:3, 2 Corinthians 4:6 and 1 Corinthians 11:7).

In these ways (and of course many others), Christ is the same as all men, and can truly be the head man of all men.

(We’ll look later at why only men are said to be the image and glory of God in 1 Corinthians 11:7).

The Missing Middle.

Now, we want to keep as close to the text as possible, but when we are trying to work out the thinking behind Paul’s writing, we do have to arrange the information we find in a certain order so we can figure out how and why Christ’s coming led to this tradition. Deduction. Detective work. And like Sherlock Holmes noted in one of his detective stories, sometimes it’s what is not there that is worth looking at.

The Fall and the Law are both conspicuously absent from this passage. Paul starts the passage with Christ and then jumps right back to the creation of man and woman – before the Fall. Christ, it would seem, has allowed Paul to apply pre-Fall logic to the tradition of headcovering/uncovering, i.e. man should not wear a covering on his head while praying and prophesying because he is the image and glory of God (v7).

We can tell this is pre-Fall logic because after the Fall, God requires male priests to wear a headcovering all the time, including during religious duties . However, let’s say it again, Christ has taken away the priestly and sacrificial system of the Law (including priestly head coverings), and has brought his people to a state where pre-Fall logic works once more.

Piecing pieces together.

So what have we got here?

Paul roots the head covering/uncovering tradition in Christ.

Paul uses logic from the creation of man and woman from before the Fall for men uncovering their heads and women covering their heads. Man is the image and glory of God; woman is the glory of man.

Priestly head coverings required in the Law imply that Creation logic no longer applied after the Fall. It would seem the image and glory of God in man was fallen and so covering the heads of man’s priestly representatives was required.

Christ, as the Son and as a man, was the unfallen, perfect image and glory of God, the perfect glory of his head. As the head of man, he represents, covers and imputes that unfallen, uncorrupted image and glory of God to all who are in him, and enables man to return to his position, and woman to hers through his glory.

Therefore, all men are once again the image and glory of God they were originally created to be as heads in the human family, and women are the glory of man, (and, ultimately, the glory of the man, Jesus Christ).

As such, men should not dishonour Christ by covering their heads (v4), as if Christ’s work had not restored them, but instead pray and prophesy with heads uncovered, displaying the restored image and glory of God as heads in the human family. Women should cover in order to point to the glory of God represented by their head, and ultimately in Christ.

Not the end…

That goes some way to clearing up what Christ has to do with this tradition, and how he set the whole thing in motion. But all through this post I’ve also left huge areas unexplored: Why are there only four places where Christ is mentioned? Why are men said to be the image and glory of God and woman not? Why does Paul only talk about praying and prophesying? Is Paul saying women have to approach Christ through men? How do verses 11-12 fit in?

And how does this “creation logic” work?

I’m not going to be able to answer all those questions here, but that last one about creation logic… we’ll try to carry on down that road in the next post.

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The Star Thief – Lindsey Becker http://kiwiandanemu.org/2018/09/26/the-star-thief-lindsey-becker/ http://kiwiandanemu.org/2018/09/26/the-star-thief-lindsey-becker/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2018 22:42:22 +0000 http://kiwiandanemu.org/?p=1270 The Star Thief – an exiting story of a girl, who is only half human – her other half? Mordant.

What is a Mordant? A Mordant is pretty much a mythical being who matches a constellation in the night sky. They are near invincible, exploding into specs if hit, then coming back together afterwards. This girl, Honorine, doesn’t’ know that she isn’t fully human. Until one night, when some Mordant come and take her away to help them defeat the enemy, Nautilus. But it turns out Nautilus is her father. What happens??? You might be screaming at me. I am not going to tell you, because it would spoil it, and you should be able to find it in the library or bookstore. It is a very good book, and I recommend it.

~Kemu Chick

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Wishing Day – Lauren Myracle http://kiwiandanemu.org/2018/09/26/wishing-day-lauren-myracle/ http://kiwiandanemu.org/2018/09/26/wishing-day-lauren-myracle/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2018 22:28:36 +0000 http://kiwiandanemu.org/?p=1268 Wishing Day is the first book in a trilogy, and this first one is a book about a girl, the oldest of three, who gets to make a wish on her birthday. Which birthday? I can’t remember. 12th or 13th.

Let me just look that up.

Oh wait! It was actually the 3rd night of the third month after her thirteenth birthday. All the girls in her town, Willow Hollow, get to make three wishes on their “Wishing Day”. So. This girl, whose name is Natasha, goes up to the willow and makes her three wishes. And they end up coming true. So she sort of tries to figure out what is going on, I can’t really remember because I read it a while ago. So, yeah, it was  a good book, and I can’t wait to read the next two!

~Kemu Chick

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Tuesday, by David Weinser. http://kiwiandanemu.org/2018/07/13/tuesday-by-david-weinser/ http://kiwiandanemu.org/2018/07/13/tuesday-by-david-weinser/#respond Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:00:17 +0000 http://kiwiandanemu.org/?p=830 The other day, we watched a read aloud of a book called Tuesday.

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The other day, we watched a read aloud of a book called Tuesday.

 It was mostly pictures, and almost no words. I would say less than 10! This made it engaging to read. The pictures were well drawn and a bit funny to. It’s about one Tuesday night when some frogs left their pond and went flying around town on lilypads, freaking out humans and other animals. At the end, the author set the time to the next Tuesday. On that night, pigs flew! I found it amusing that that day was Tuesday as well. I would rate this book 8 out of 10. It was a silly book. I liked it a lot.

That is my review of the book, Tuesday.

Here is the link to it. Write what you think!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv43ibRtNn4&t=108

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Planes are not plain. http://kiwiandanemu.org/2018/07/12/planes-are-not-plain/ http://kiwiandanemu.org/2018/07/12/planes-are-not-plain/#respond Thu, 12 Jul 2018 23:52:20 +0000 http://kiwiandanemu.org/wordpress/?p=67

I got this aeroplane book out because I wanted to learn about how to make paper aeroplanes and there's all these cool aeroplanes that you can make.

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I got this aeroplane book out because I wanted to learn about how to make paper aeroplanes and there’s all these cool aeroplanes that you can make.

All the planes that I’ve made so far.

Space Ring.

Angry Finch.

Classic Dart.

Double Arrow.

Hammerhead.

Silent Huntress.

Sonic Dart.

Stealth Glider.

Super Plane.

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Tuesday, by David Weinser. http://kiwiandanemu.org/2017/11/24/tuesday-by-david-weinser-2/ http://kiwiandanemu.org/2017/11/24/tuesday-by-david-weinser-2/#respond Fri, 24 Nov 2017 04:17:01 +0000 http://kiwiandanemu.org/2017/11/24/tuesday-by-david-weinser-2/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv43ibRtNn4&t=108s

 

I think the book was great.

First, the book had lots of pictures.

Second, it was awesome to look at.

Third, it was kind of hilarious.

My rating is ten out of ten.

Bye.

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Look what we have in our hot little hands!!!!! http://kiwiandanemu.org/2015/09/25/look-what-we-have-in-our-hot-little-hands/ http://kiwiandanemu.org/2015/09/25/look-what-we-have-in-our-hot-little-hands/#respond Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:11:42 +0000 http://kiwiandanemu.org/2015/09/25/look-what-we-have-in-our-hot-little-hands/ HTTYDBk12 2

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Completely Cassidy. http://kiwiandanemu.org/2015/07/25/completely-cassidy/ http://kiwiandanemu.org/2015/07/25/completely-cassidy/#respond Sat, 25 Jul 2015 00:25:19 +0000 http://kiwiandanemu.org/2015/07/25/completely-cassidy/ CompletelyCassidy

Completely Cassidy, by Tamsyn Murray.

What it is about:

"My life is a joke. Actually, that's not true - it's too TRAGIC to be funny - but it IS a total disaster. You might think that I sound a teensy bit DRAMA-QUEEN-ISH here but that's because you don't know the full horror."

So says Cassidy Bond at the beginning of her story about the first term at her new school as a Year Seven. Her mother's pregnant, her father's an Elvis Presley impersonator, her brother's in a rock band, one of her two best friends is acting very strangely. Throw in a test that shows she's a genius, an inter-school quiz and a talent show, and you've got everything for a clever and amusing book told through the eyes of an 11-12 year old.

If I told you any more, it would spoil the story.

What is it like?

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CompletelyCassidy

Completely Cassidy, by Tamsyn Murray.

What it is about:

“My life is a joke. Actually, that’s not true – it’s too TRAGIC to be funny – but it IS a total disaster. You might think that I sound a teensy bit DRAMA-QUEEN-ISH here but that’s because you don’t know the full horror.”

So says Cassidy Bond at the beginning of her story about the first term at her new school as a Year Seven. Her mother’s pregnant, her father’s an Elvis Presley impersonator, her brother’s in a rock band, one of her two best friends is acting very strangely. Throw in a test that shows she’s a genius, an inter-school quiz and a talent show, and you’ve got everything for a clever and amusing book told through the eyes of an 11-12 year old.

If I told you any more, it would spoil the story.

What is it like?

I was hesitant to let my daughter read this book because it reflects the stereo-typical over-wrought emotional tragic inner-workings of a girl a few years older than her. For instance, Cassidy is very interested in boys – one boy in particular – considers everything a disaster (and some things are pretty bad…in a funny way), and is disrespectful toward her parents and brother. Some will say it’s true to life, but it’s not true of my daughter’s life at her age. I was not sure I wanted my daughter to read first person narratives of someone swimming in the confused throes of early adolescence. (No, nothing biological!)

But…I did let my daughter read it in the end. I briefly talked to her about the attitudes and actions of the characters, but I was also encouraged by Cassidy’s realisation that her parents, her brother, and her life were actually wonderful after all.

There is also a reconciliation that I thought was very moving and positive.

Apart from that, it is actually very funny. There are a couple of scenes where I laughed out loud and the whole book was very entertaining. However, knowing what I know now, I would probably encourage my daughter to leave reading it until she is a little older.

How are people portrayed?

No one, except the boy Cassidy is interested in, is seen as perfect. This is because we are looking through the eyes of a 11-12 year old girl. Her mother is seen as demanding and the babies on the way annoying. Her dad is embarassing (but also very kind) and her brother is a pain. One of her best friends does not follow the script Cassidy thinks she should and Cassidy portrays her, rather than Cassidy as the one going off the rails.

However, it is also possible to read underneath the narrative and see things a little more objectively than Cassidy. And, as mentioned above, Cassidy comes to realise that the attitudes and opinions of people she had been operating out of were out of whack, and was able to right them at the end of the book.

Overall…

It’s a fun book. Cleverly written, with relatable crises and angst from a young girl’s point of view. It’s probably more for 11-12 year old girls, but my daughter enjoyed it, too. And at 208 pages, the painful (and funny) situations she gets herself into are not too drawn out.

A good read for you and your child, as long as you are happy with your child’s ability to digest the less admirable thoughts and opinions of a Grade 7 (English) girl.

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Angela Nicely. http://kiwiandanemu.org/2015/07/25/angela-nicely/ http://kiwiandanemu.org/2015/07/25/angela-nicely/#respond Sat, 25 Jul 2015 00:21:53 +0000 http://kiwiandanemu.org/2015/07/25/angela-nicely/ AngelaNicely

Angela Nicely, by Alan MacDonald. Illustraed by David Roberts.

What it's about:

Three short stories. Three funny situations. One single-minded, determined little girl.

Angela Nicely (about 6 years old, I think) is an engaging, if not what you'd call a well-behaved, girl. Her misbehaviour is not malicious (perhaps with the exception of getting her modelling rival wet) as much as singularly focused. Who wouldn't want to figure out if the head teacher is wearing a wig? How else are you meant to get on top in the modelling game? And when a weekend spa turns out to be a weekend arghh!, you have to do something, right?

What is it like?

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AngelaNicely

Angela Nicely, by Alan MacDonald. Illustraed by David Roberts.

What it’s about:

Three short stories. Three funny situations. One single-minded, determined little girl.

Angela Nicely (about 6 years old, I think) is an engaging, if not what you’d call a well-behaved, girl. Her misbehaviour is not malicious (perhaps with the exception of getting her modelling rival wet) as much as singularly focused. Who wouldn’t want to figure out if the head teacher is wearing a wig? How else are you meant to get on top in the modelling game? And when a weekend spa turns out to be a weekend arghh!, you have to do something, right?

What is it like?

A funny, light and entertaining book. The stories are not too long – I managed to read the first one to the kids between dinner and dessert one night (though I did hold up proceedings a little by doing so). They have climaxes and complications that make you sit up and take notice. And through it all, you find yourself wanting the best for Angela, even though you recognise what she’s doing is not the smartest thing.

A really decent read. Not boring at all.

How are people portrayed?

Virtually no one is written as perfect. Instead, both adults and children have their foibles and weaknesses played up for a laugh. Angela is curious and incautious. Her mother is jealous of another mother and child. Her father hides away from his wife’s passionate plans. The staff at the school are tired and exasperated or don’t like children. Angela’s friends try to put the breaks on Angela but get swept along with her plans.

None of the main characters are set up as role models, but rather people in whom we can see our own weaknesses and through whom we can laugh at ourselves.

The whole set up is cartoonish and obviously so.

Overall…

With three stories in 96 pages, this is a short and entertaining read. It’s not meant to be taken seriously, unless you seriously want to laugh at yourself. Fun. If you want to bring a discussion of not taking people’s flaws seriously into it, I suppose that could be done, but I haven’t.

I just laughed.

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Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone. http://kiwiandanemu.org/2015/07/05/daisy-malone-and-the-blue-glowing-stone/ http://kiwiandanemu.org/2015/07/05/daisy-malone-and-the-blue-glowing-stone/#respond Sun, 05 Jul 2015 03:10:17 +0000 http://kiwiandanemu.org/2015/07/05/daisy-malone-and-the-blue-glowing-stone/ DaisyMaloneandtheblueglowingstone

Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone by James O'Loghlin

What it's about.

Daisy and her talking dog, Ben, allow Daisy's curiosity to lead them straight into an adventure that involves destroying the world...or saving it, depending on what happens. A blue glowing stone turns up in their lives and crazily enough it has a connection to her mother, an archaeologist at a dig some distance away. Who to trust and who to depend on becomes all important in this race to prevent an evil alien villain from ruling the universe.

What is it like?

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Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone by James O’Loghlin

What it’s about.

Daisy and her talking dog, Ben, allow Daisy’s curiosity to lead them straight into an adventure that involves destroying the world…or saving it, depending on what happens. A blue glowing stone turns up in their lives and crazily enough it has a connection to her mother, an archaeologist at a dig some distance away. Who to trust and who to depend on becomes all important in this race to prevent an evil alien villain from ruling the universe.

What is it like?

The book Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone starts like this:

One Sunday afternoon at the start of the school holidays Daisy Malone was lying peacefully on her bed reading with her dog Ben when her father’s voice entered the room, turned left, paused for a moment to admire the view out the window and then continued across to Daisy.

It’s easy to miss the funny in there if you’re not concentrating, but when you read it again, you’ll get a flavour of the sort of narrator James O’Loghlin is. He’s a little odd.

So is the story, but in a good and funny way.

When I saw that the same author had written Sir Roderick the not-very brave, I was cautiously keen to read this book. Cautious, because Sir Roderick, despite it’s not very promising title, became a very engrossing book, and I didn’t know if I had the time to get that engrossed. Keen, because Sir Roderick is actually a very good story with clever twists and turns.

Turns out, while I didn’t find it quite as engrossing as it’s predecessor, Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone is definitely worth the read.

It is funny.

It is clever.

It is imaginative.

It is internally consistent, by which I mean that while it’s clearly fantasy, it doesn’t betray itself within it’s own storyline. A lot of kids stories are either too shallow to run that risk, or too willing to be outrageous for outrageous’ sake. This one strikes a great balance and draws you in with a light touch.

My daughter has spent all day reading it.

How are people portrayed?

This is one thing that I have a gripe about.

It seems that in stories, and particularly children’s stories, girls must be portrayed as strong, resourceful, clever and independent (and in this story, rebellious and deceptive toward her father). In O’Loghlin’s previous book, Sir Rodney, the main character (a boy) was introduced as clumsy and foolishly out of his league. Here, while Daisy makes mistakes, she is never presented as anything other than capable and in control. There is one other girl, Eliza, a minor character whom we see so briefly that no character development is possible.

The boys, on the other hand, are either stupid and mean, or stupid and kind. While one boy is present while things get exciting, Daisy is presented as independent of him, relying, when she must, on her dog and two aliens. (She relied on the boy once, and he failed).

Adults are either dolts, or absent, or alien. Not surprisingly, the good men are dolts, cowards, and incapable (though Daisy’s father, the weakest of the lot, does develop). It’s one of the aliens who hold’s up the side for the males. The main woman (Daisy’s mother) is strong, courageous and dependable.

It’s fairly typical and rather annoying.

The other fairly typical protrayal is that the two strong adults (plus the others who weren’t real threats anyway) are taken out and must be saved by the child Daisy and her sidekick dog. Well, the sidekick dog isn’t necessarily typical, but the child hero is.

I guess that’s children’s books for you these days. Writers seem to think children want to be the heroes and save the parents and adults. And I think some stories like that are fine. I just think there is a massive emphasis on children being the only sensible and clever ones in the world of children’s literature which I think is very concerning.

I’d love to see more weight given to security and dependability of adults – especially men.

Overall

At 314 pages, it was a good sized, fun book with a storyline that was intriguing while not being too heavy. It definitely had a light touch which made the read all the more enjoyable, though I wish there was less of a bias against the character of adults and males. I don’t consider that weakness a reason not to allow my children to read it, but it does make me aware of the need to provide positive real life role models for them so they can tell the difference between fictional stories where the world revolves around children, and the real world, where the world does not revolve around them.

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