I used to read George MacDonald in high school for fun. I doubt I ever read this book back then — it would have made me think to much. The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions by Stacy Farrell of Home School Adventure Co. takes the original text of George MacDonald’s The Wise Woman and adds insightful, thought provoking questions to help you fully grasp the depth and purpose of the literature and at the same time, more fully allow The Wise Woman to affect your life.
It made me cry.
The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions includes an introduction, fourteen chapters from the original text with roughly 20 questions per chapter and space to write the answers, and a vocabulary section at the end. This book can be used in a variety of ways. If your children are under the age of 11, you can use it for read aloud and discussion. If your child is age twelve and up, they can transition to reading it on their own with some parental guidance as they work through the material. High schoolers can do the book on their own.
I have used two of these in my own family. A while ago, I had my oldest daughter (then 13) read through the book and answer the questions on her own. We talked about the book and her answers as she went but it was basically a self-taught subject. More recently, I am using it as a devotional for myself and as a read aloud with my ten-year-old daughter. (It’s not just for girls, I just happened to want something to do with “just her”.)
I actually read about half of it the first time we used it in our homeschool, and then got caught up in life so this provided me with a good opportunity to finish the whole book. I think my ten-year-old is probably at a perfect age for this story and a modified discussion from the questions provided. We don’t read and discuss all twenty questions together. It doesn’t make her cry like it does me. But it does make her think about her attitude. That’s a good thing. And when I cry while reading a good book – that always adds an extra depth to the discussion cause my kids want to know why Mom is crying.
For this review, we were given the PDF format of the book, which costs $14.95 We also have a (well-used) beautiful spiral bound edition, which costs $28.95. You can get an extra 10% off of all downloads right now using this code: CREW-10
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My Bottom Line: If your child has a bad attitude — this story really cuts to the heart of that. If you have a bad attitude yourself, well, you might not want to read this book if you don’t like conviction. I pretty much love everything published by Home School Adventure Co. myself. I think you will too.