HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Timothy’s Adventures
Author: Tanya Packer
Publisher: Westbow Press, 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1973626893 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1973626896 Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1777717520 Paperback
ISBN-10: 1777717523 Paperback
Related website(s): http://www.westbowpress.com
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 8-10
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Category: General youth fiction
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Packer, Tanya. Timothy’s Adventures (Published in 2018 by Westbow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, 1663 Liberty Dr., Bloomington, IN 47403). Timothy lives with his mother (Mom) and grandmother (Nanny or just Nan) on the fourth floor of a big apartment building. His father (Daddy) had been killed in a big accident two years earlier by a drunk driver, and his grandfather (Poppa) has also recently passed away. Timothy has friends at church and at school all of whom have different backgrounds and characteristics, but he also meets some children in various situations who are not so friendly and make fun of others. What should Timothy’s attitude be when people are mean? How should he react in such circumstances? Is it possible to learn any important lessons from these events?
Getting along with others can be difficult, especially if there is something different about them. In this book by Tanya Packer, author of Kaylee’s Adventures and Kaylee’s Easter Treasure Box, Timothy, his puppy, and his buddies make new friendships while sharing well known Bible stories that help them deal with racism, bullies, and other difficult problems that they are dealing with. Every story can stand alone, or they can be read as part of a sequence. Each of the fifteen chapters includes a devotional for parent-child discussion time with questions meant to generate meaningful conversations for the entire family while having fun at the same time. A sequel, Timothy’s Special Christmas Nativity, is planned.