I was recently given the opportunity to read the older child/young adult chapter book debut by Clark Burbidge. Aidan wanted so badly for me to read it aloud to him! He was enamored by the beautiful illustrations and was just “so sure mommy” that he wouldn’t be scared at all. :)
Giants in the Land is an allegorical tale targeted at 9-12 year olds and young adults. I think it would make a great read-aloud for a child a bit younger who had good comprehension skills – say 7 years old.
The allegory and moral are very plainly spelled out in the book – perhaps too plainly to be engaging to a young adult accustomed to reading fiction. This is also the first in a series and the ending is rather abrupt. It was an enjoyable read for me though. I actually finished it while in labor with Alex! And now it sits on our shelves waiting for the kiddos to get old enough to enjoy it.
More about the book:
There are giants in the land.
And it has always been so as far as anyone can remember. They work side-by-side with the people, and whenever there is a job too difficult or a threat too great they are there to step in. The giants’ presence gives the townspeople a special confidence about life. But they have become much more dependent on the giants than they realize. One morning the people discover the giants have mysteriously disappeared. Fear and panic grip the town. Someone must find them and bring them back!
Thomas, a young farmer, volunteers and sets out alone on a great journey of danger and discovery. Thomas learns the true nature of giants and what it means for him and his people. Join Thomas in his timeless rite of passage and learn what it means to become something more than you have been, why it is necessary in life, and how to do it.
Learn more about Giants in the Land: http://www.
Meet Clark Burbidge:
Clark Burbidge’s path to becoming an award winning author had distant beginnings. He received an MBA degree from the University of Southern California and a BS Degree in finance from the University of Utah. His career spans 31 years in banking, project finance, investment banking and more recently as Chief Financial Officer of three separate companies. He has been actively involved in community and church service, including lay youth and adult ministry, for over 35 years.
It has been his long-term dream to write and publish several works that have been kicking around in his mind for many years. His first book, “Life on the Narrow Path: A Mountain Biker’s Guide to Spiritual Growth in Troubled Times” was released nationally in March 2011. His second book “A Piece of Silver” was published in July 2011 and is currently entering its 2nd edition. Clark enjoys life in the foothills of the Rockies with his wife, children and three grandchildren. He looks forward to this next phase of life’s wonderful adventures.
Learn more about Clark by visiting www.clarkrburbidge.com.
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