Hi everyone! Hope you had a great week. I read a fun book last week and want to share it with you.
The Search for Delicious
by Natalie Babbitt
(age range 9-12)
Knowing how much I loved the book, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, my friend asked if I’d ever read or heard of The Search for Delicious by the same author. I’d never heard of it before, but my own search for delicious came up short. None of the libraries in my county carry it, so my friend graciously loaned me hers.
You know you have a true friend when she lends you a library book!
There’s a royal uproar in the king’s castle. No one seems to agree on which food should represent the word ‘Delicious’ in the new dictionary. With no end in sight to all the quarreling, the Prime Minister sends 12-year-old Gaylen on a quest to poll the entire kingdom in order to settle the dispute once and for all.
Unfortunately, Gaylen’s search for Delicious turns sour. People argue and tempers boil. The whiff of war wafts in the wind leaving Gaylen hungry for home and peace. But finish the quest he must.
As Gaylen continues his search, he meets all kinds of interesting characters, including dwarfs, a woldweller who lives in the middle of the forest, and a crow who cries about whistles and keys. Gaylen hears far-fetched tales of a mournful mermaid and receives a curious charm from a mysterious minstrel. With time running out and a sinister character stirring up trouble, it’s up to Gaylen to save the kingdom from imminent doom.
The Search for Delicious is quite the literary treat. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this light-hearted tale and witnessing a community finally coming together for a common purpose. Like me, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn how everyone finally agreed on what food should stand for ‘Delicious.’
My 11-year-old read the book on her own, but I think it would make a great family read-aloud as well. Then kids much younger could enjoy the story, too. Even though I mentioned that the book is light-hearted, there’s plenty of room for meaningful discussion afterward.
What to Talk About
- What causes fights and quarrels (James 4:1-3)
- Seemingly small things can have big consequences (James 3:3-6)
- How to remedy quarreling and fighting (Tons of verses to choose from – one example: Philippians 2:3-4)
- Poll your family (and friends) to find out what each person would choose to represent the word ‘Delicious.’
- Make a meal using all the foods your family members chose for Delicious!
As soon as my daughter finished the book, she wanted to know what I would choose for Delicious. Truly difficult since I, and probably you, too, like lots of different foods. But, the one thing that I ALWAYS want is CHOCOLATE!! 🙂
Have you ever heard of this book? What food would you choose to stand for Delicious in the dictionary? Let me know in the comments!
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I really enjoyed Lauren’s encourage words about dreams and God’s timing. I’ve had to give up plenty of dreams in my 40 years of existence outside the womb. Dreams I know God wanted me to give up. To not pursue. It can still hurt even when you know God has other plans. Some of my dreams, like getting married and becoming a mommy, have come true, and I’m living them out on a daily basis. I’ve learned that living out my dreams isn’t always sparkles and sunshine. I have new, deep-down dreams that I do hope come true, but I’ve learned and am still learning that dreams aren’t all about me. Praying that God will use some of these dreams and passions to bring glory to himself and that I will be patient for his timing! 🙂 Thanks, Lauren, for the encouraging words!
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