Golden Tassel's Graduation  -     By: Kay Michaels
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Four young cornstalks-Golden Tassel, Minigold, Kernel King, and Big Ears-spend the summer in Farmer Kern's field. In spite of the dangers that threaten their survival, they grow in mind, body, and heart. The maturing cornstalks dream of what contribution they will make at harvest time. Will they feed the farmer's family? Will they be sold at the roadside stand? Will their contribution be important? Possibilities abound as they consider their future.
They will find out that, instead of being the end, the harvest is a graduation to a higher purpose, far beyond what they could have ever imagined! Interwoven into Golden Tassel's Graduation is the value of not wasting what God freely gives all around us, and fully utilizing the blessings in nature. Included in the back are discussion questions.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 76
Vendor: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 161663135X
ISBN-13: 9781616631352
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Ages: 9-12

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  1. Christine M. Irvin
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A lesson about corn and the Bible
    November 5, 2012
    Christine M. Irvin
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Golden Tassel's Graduation, written by Kay Michaels, is a story about stalks of corn growing in a field. Golden Tassel is the name of one of the stalks. He is the tallest stalk of corn and can see all the others in the field. Some of the others are Minigold, Big Ears and Kernel King.

    The four stalks of corn, along with all the others, are in Farmer Kern's field. Their survival is depends on the weather and the care Farmer Kern gives them, and sometimes they feel as though the end is near. But, they look forward to "graduation day" as they dream about their contribution to the harvest.

    But it is more than that. It is a story about farming. It is a story about believing in God. It is a story about using what we have and not wasting it.

    The author includes different types of corn in the story and tells how each one will be used. Some are for humans to eat, some are for animals to eat, some are to use to make baskets, some to use as fuel, some for corn oil, some to burn in furnaces, and some to use for seed for next year's crops.

    There is a black-and-white sketch by Kathy Hoyt at the beginning of every chapter and at the end of nearly all of them.

    Isaiah 64:4 is given as a Bible reference for the story: "For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him."

    What I Like: I like the way the author ties in the many uses of corn as she weaves her story around the stalks growing in the fields.

    What I Dislike: Nothing.

    Overall Rating: Very good.

    Age Appeal: 6-9 years.
  2. Justgrandma
    Troy, Mi
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent values packed book for any age group.
    November 20, 2010
    Justgrandma
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    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This author really stresses the values of good character, faith (non-preachy), friendship, endurance and more. Rare find in today's market place! Your children will be enthralled by the whimsical characters who face hard challenges while growing up together in the cornfield. Educational, entertaining and thought provoking! This is a keeper in my library!
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Author: Kay Michaels
Located in: Lachine, Michigan
Submitted: November 19, 2010

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I have home educated all 4 of my children. This is my first published children's book; it was born out of these homeschooling years and this experience. I am also the creator of a phonics reading game entitled "My Phonics Bingo" which has sold world-wide. My first published work was a poem entitled "My Heroes Aren't in Hollywood" in support of our military in the Iraq War, and published by WND in 2002. I am writing more stories and have several finished. As soon as my publisher says "Send more" I am ready!

    What was your motivation behind this project?  This story came out of my homeschooling heart as I desired stories with deep values to tell my own children. This is the first one I put on paper and my writing grew from here, more than 10 years ago. I have always been a writer though. My stories come from nature and the rich lessons which God gives to us in all He has created. I hope to combine inspiration, values, and fun with educationally rich stories. I intend "Golden Tassel's Graduation" mostly as a family read aloud. The publisher tags it as a reader for grades 3-6; but any parent best know the ages their kids can absorb real stories with timeless values. You will find a much younger child and the parent/grandparent as well, to love this story.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Foremost, I hope families will come together and find the time to clear for rich family time with a story that will inspire, make them laugh and dream of the best things in this life. Things such as contributing well (to family and community) as they grow up, dealing with fears as they grow, learning to trust God now and for their future. Mixed in are the values & gifts that God gives to us in nature: enjoyment of His world and how to fully utilize the free gifts of His world.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I found that my children were very blessed by the story and this was my highest honor. Beyond this, the good reviews have grown; such enthusiastic responses that I can only attribute to God's hand in this story. I am hearing what people get out of this story that I never dreamed was 'there'. I cannot take credit for such insights and I give to God the credit due as all of our talents and gifts are from Him and to God the glory is due.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  My inspiration has been the life I have had for over 26 years living around the Northern Michigan farms and forests with my 4 children and husband. We have been such a part of nature where we live. God's blessings are so evident all around. It is God who blesses us with the richness of what He has created and who is the source of all that is the best in me, you and your children, and this world.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  My stories come from nature and the rich lessons which God gives to us in all He has created. I wish for children to 'grab' many values in this book. The 'Questions to Consider' at the back of the book will help them, in considering and talking of, the important values included. The story intertwines values such as: not being wasteful, trusting when there is fearful circumstances looming, dreaming of what they will become, finding your purpose in this world to be significant no matter what your talent is....and so much more!

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