Charlotte Mason: The Teacher Who Revealed Worlds of Wonder

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Charlotte Mason: The Teacher Who Revealed Worlds of Wonder
Author: Gore, Lanaya
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Time Period: Industrial Age
Time Frame: 1842-1923
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: Great Britain
Topics: Education, Charlotte Mason, Victorian Era
Genre: Non Fiction
Reading Age: Upper Middle Grade, Adult
Format: Picture Book
Published: 2022

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Author Lanaya Gore and illustrator Twila Farmer have brought the story of Charlotte Mason and her educational ideas to life in this vibrant, beautiful picture book. The seemingly ordinary teacher living in Victorian England inspired an extraordinary movement in education, first in her own time, and now in ours. Untold numbers of children around the world are learning according to Charlotte Mason’s philosophy, both at home and in classrooms. Lanaya Gore’s engaging prose and Twila Farmer’s breathtaking paintings together tell the story of the woman who devoted herself to bringing worlds of wonder to children—children whom she insisted were persons of worth and potential—through a generous feast of living books and the natural world.

Emily's Review

When I saw there was a beautifully illustrated picture book about the life of Charlotte Mason, I had to get my hands on a copy! And it is stunning. Twila Farmer did a fantastic job making this book beautiful to look at.

I feel like this is a lovely introduction to the life of Ms. Mason, even including quotes and a letter she wrote. If you want a very quick overview of her life and how she came to her ideas of education, this is a great overview. However, I feel that most children will find it a bit tedious to listen to - being that it's a picture book (and a gorgeous one at that), one would expect it to be a book to share with younger children. But it reads like it was written with an older audience in mind. I think children ages 10 and up would get the most from it. Though to be honest, I think that the people who will enjoy this most are Charlotte Mason style homeschooling parents.

I will also point out that for the most part, religion is only mentioned as it pertains to Charlotte Mason's beliefs and life, except for pages 32-33 where it talks about how Charlotte's "Great Recognition" when she saw a beautiful religious painting in Florence, Italy that made her realize that "All true knowledge, whatever the subject, belongs to the Creator God..." If you are looking for a truly secular resource, this is not it. However, since this is written towards an older audience, you could certainly frame it as being her belief.

Overall, as a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, I'm glad to have this book on my shelf.

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