Bartholomew: Squire of the Subway

Bartholomew: Squire of the Subway


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Bartholomew, an intelligent iguana with brown-and-green mottled, scaly skin, loves riding the New York City subway. The underground railroad, which clatters and whooshes before it takes off, teems with people, but Bartholomew doesn’t mind. He enjoys his escape from his life in a museum exhibit and spends the morning observing other passengers.

On his ride, Bartholomew watches several Regulars and learns about their similarities, their differences, and how they interact or don’t interact with others. Bubbly Becky radiates joy, and she even sits next to Bartholomew. Fred always wears a bright scarf and sometimes hums, but he keeps to himself. Mrs. Hatmer keeps her four children organized, but some passengers are annoyed by the kids. By the end of Bartholomew’s ride, he learns about the value and uniqueness of each person.

Bartholomew, Squire of the Subway includes questions in the back to encourage young readers to explore the lessons Bartholomew learns. Carol Lester’s children’s books spark discussions with adult and school-aged readers alike. With each book, Lester seeks to influence and shape lives, young and old.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683149866
Publisher: Redemption Press
Publication date: 11/20/2019
Pages: 42
Product dimensions: 7.99(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.25(d)

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Bartholomew: Squire of the Subway 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Ourpugs 3 months ago
Bartholomew Bartholomew Squire of the Subway is very cute children’s book. I enjoyed reading about the different people he met seen on the subway. Mrs. Bowdentree that did knitting and Becky greeting everyone with joy. He sees lots of different types of people. The book has very good Illustrations. I enjoyed all the different faces, they really fit the descriptions of the characters. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. This book review is my own opinion.
Ourpugs 3 months ago
Bartholomew Bartholomew Squire of the Subway is very cute children’s book. I enjoyed reading about the different people he met seen on the subway. Mrs. Bowdentree that did knitting and Becky greeting everyone with joy. He sees lots of different types of people. The book has very good Illustrations. I enjoyed all the different faces, they really fit the descriptions of the characters. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. This book review is my own opinion.
Deana0326 3 months ago
The book is a delightful read that can be shared with children. The illustrations are nice and vivid colors that will catch children’s attention. I loved the iguana and thought he was a perfect example of being yourself. Bartholomew loves to ride the subway everyday and observe people. I have not been on a subway before but I have ridden on a bus. People get on hardly glancing at others and find a seat. People in the story are each different and I loved how the author shares how some stare at others and whisper mean things about them. It is a good example of how people judge each other by their appearance. The story is a good lesson on not judging others and being kind to each other. I loved the point in the story where Bartholomew wonders what the people he observes does for a living, why they ride the subway and what kind of life they may have. We don't know what others may be facing so a kind word or a smile goes a long way. There are a couple of things I wanted to point out. The book is clean and suitable for children but the author may need to use easier words for children to understand. I don't think many children will know the meaning of countenance and I would have liked to have seen some scriptures used throughout the story. The author has provided questions at the end to go over with children that is a great opportunity to teach them not to judge others. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
NKBookReviewer 3 months ago
Bartholomew: Squire of the Subway is a children’s book written by author Carol L. Lester. This paperback book has vivid illustrations and takes readers on an adventure with a friendly iguana. What kid could pass up a talking iguana with glasses? The story is interesting and teaches children life lessons. It is important to include others even when they appear different. The subway is the perfect for diversity. Bartholomew teaches readers that each person is unique and individual. We need to be accepted for who we are. This would make a nice lesson for a small group of children. There is much room for conversations. It is a positive, upbeat book. I enjoyed reading it. I would recommend this book. Even older children could glean something from it. A teacher could have her older students read it and write a paper on diversity. Even an older reader group would find a variety of things to discuss. I rate this a 4 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but these are my honest words.
Erin_Slocum 4 months ago
My Thoughts on Bartholomew: This is such a sweet children’s book. I love books that impart a good character lesson as well as entertain the children so this is a plus in my book. We often get books geared towards children and then I quietly get rid of them because they don’t fit our rules. To remain a book in my house for children the book must not be twaddle. That said, it means it must not just be a silly book that doesn’t teach something. It has to use appropriate language. I don’t want to see words that I don’t want my children saying such as stupid or idiot or (shuddering here) butt. This book will be one that I get a physical copy of to replace the ebook I was gifted. I loved it, my children loved it, and it definitely fits my requirements to be a book on my shelf. I really enjoyed how this book teaches kids that we’re all unique in our own ways and that being different isn’t a bad thing but rather something that makes us us and we should treat others kindly despite these little things. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
MaureenST 4 months ago
At first glance my little niece loved the bright colors of this book. Once we started to read this, she was quickly absorbing facts about iguanas, and she was pointing at what our now friend was talking about. As we journey on the NY City Subway, we meet all types of people, and my little one was quickly observing and pointing things out. Some are friendly, others busy working, some hum, another was juggling, wow! I loved that the author offers a cute story, along with how many different people travel and we get to observe. It is now a favorite go to book! I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not required to give a positive review.
RuthAnn_BookofRuthAnn 4 months ago
I’m glad I read this book with my kids. The message behind Bartholomew provided a good opportunity to talk with my kids. We talked a bit about how it would feel to have people avoid you and what they could do to help others. My mother told me when I was a child to look around for someone who was lonely and befriend them. I believe this practice helps us be more sensitive to other people’s feelings which fosters kindness in both people. Other potential discussions include why people mistreat others different from them and what to do if we are on the receiving end of mistreatment. I liked that Bartholomew shows a variety of people some of whom are comfortable with their identity and others who may not be. Being ourselves despite ridicule or intolerance is important. God made us so we must be inherently good. Purchase this book if you would like to discuss important issues of kindness and tolerance with your children. It could also be a great book for helping talk about how to deal with bullying. The pictures are cute too! I received a free advanced reader copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Full review first appeared on Book of Ruth Ann
LucyMR1 4 months ago
What an original idea to have an iguana observe people on the subway. It brings to light how we tend to live in our own world and don’t reach out to learn other people’s stories and are to quick to judge by appearances. This is a great teaching tool to share with your children and grandchildren. I loved the illustrations and how perfectly they fit the story. At the end there is a list of questions that can open up discussion with your children and grandchildren to make them more aware of the people that are around them. This is a great gift idea. I received a complimentary copy from CelebrateLit/author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Kathae 4 months ago
"This is New York, after all." Where else would you see an iguana in the subway system? Bartholomew is a unique picture book in many ways. First of all, the pictures were perfect. The bright colors and straight-forward illustrations synchronized perfectly with Bartholomew's personality and the purpose of the book. Secondly, the character. Bartholomew is a very well-spoken iguana, fluent in English, who guides the reader on a tour of the subway loop he frequents. He introduces the reader to the varied passengers he encounters on a regular basis. Thirdly, I learned something new, which I really appreciate in a picture book. The purpose of this book is to non-judgmentally look at a variety of people, and Bartholomew does that well. He doesn't judge teenagers for the color of their hair or their loud music. He is straight-forward about the man who is always talking to himself. He does take joy in the positive passengers he encounters. The great thing about this book is that it opens a child's world to the other people in it without condemnation. Unless a child grows up in a large city, that great variety could be frightening, and this is a great way to start a conversation about how everyone has been created uniquely by God. This book can also be used as an amazing tool to help children develop compassion for others, and to see how they can be friendly, helpful, and considerate of those they encounter in public. Although it is a picture book, I see its usefulness with children and adults in many educational, therapeutic, or church settings. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Redemption Press, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Mar-J 4 months ago
Bartholomew, Squire of the Subway is a cute story for young children, especially those who want a pet iguana. Bartholomew comes to life character of escaping his museum exhibit and riding on the subway made several observations of the regular riders. His experience taught him there’s a wide variety of individuals and one must not judge from outward appearances. This would make a great book for teachers who have an iguana in their classroom, as the author penned characteristics of iguanas. The author included questions for children and adults to answer at the end of the story. So it’s a teachable book about not judging others and other issues. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and the publisher for the book tour. I was under no obligation to post a positive review. I have shared my own opinion.