Sir Gibbie: A Guide for Teachers and Students

Ranelda Mack Hunsicker, Author
Ranelda Mack Hunsicker, Author P & R Publishing $6.99 (62p) ISBN 978-0-87552-730-7
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George MacDonald's 1870s' Sir Gibbie, about a destitute Scottish orphan, was reportedly a favorite of C.S. Lewis's. An edition of the novel, prepared by Kathryn Lindskoog, inaugurates a Classics for Young Readers series, while a companion, Sir Gibbie: A Guide for Teachers and Students by Ranelda Mack Hunsicker, is available for teachers, students and home-schoolers. In the Guide, Hunsicker contends that Sir Gibbie served as a source for Huckleberry Finn, although Mark Twain (a friend of MacDonald's) upended MacDonald's religious message. Noting that previous editions of Gibbie ""cut out much of MacDonald's Christian teaching,"" Hunsicker adds that Lindskoog's goal was ""to restore [the book] to its original Christ-centered plot."" (July)
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