Liam loves his older brothers, Lister and Lester. The twin brothers are competitive and strive to outdo each other. This leaves Liam taking a stand.
Name: Liam Takes a Stand
Author: Troy Wilson
Illustrator: Josh Holinaty
Publisher: OwlKids Books, 2017
Written for Ages: 6-8
Summary: Liam wants to be with his brothers so badly, that when they each open their own lemonade stand, he offers to work for them. Even for free. But his brothers reject his offer. Instead, Liam takes on various odd jobs in the community, from walking dogs to cutting grass. When Mrs. Redmond pays him with a basket of apples, it inspires an innovative idea. While his older brothers were trying to attract larger crowds, Liam opens an apple juice stand. Pretty soon, Liam’s stand takes all of his brother’s business, and they go into debt. They end up coming to their little brother asking for a job. Liam hires them to work and to play.
Scripture Connection: James 1:19-20, Proverbs 29:11, Ecclesiastes 7:9. These three verses speak about not letting anger get the best of us.
Theological Connection: Liam is “slow to anger” and decides to go into business for himself. When paid for yard work in apples, he opens an apple cider stand and before long his older brothers are working for him. Liam is a good reminder that if we react with anger, we achieve little. But when we are “slow to anger” the possibilities are endless.
Justice Connection: This story about hard work and innovation is also a reminder that relationships matter. It is easy to get caught up in the motions of work and life – even in the church. When this happens, relationships tend to suffer. Lister and Lester are caught up in their competition with each other that they ignore Liam. Liam takes a stand when he brokers a deal with his brothers to mix business with quality time. His stand is to strengthen his relationships with his brothers.
Faith Talk (God Talk):
- Are you more like Lister and Lester or Liam? How so?
- Instead of doing odd jobs, what are some other ways Liam reacted to his brothers ignoring him?
- Have you ever been ignored? What was it like? How did it make you feel?
- Do you have any siblings? How do you spend time with them?
- What makes you angry?
- The scripture verses talk about being slow to anger. What are some things you could do to be slow to anger?
Parenting Connection: Relationships matter. Liam goes through all the trouble of opening is apple cider stand with the end goal being to spend time with his older brothers. Liam could have chosen to react with anger. But he didn’t. When we are not slow to anger, we threaten to disrupt our relationships with those we love. As parents, there are days when we feel like all we say is “No,” or “Don’t do that.” Consider ways to foster quality, no-screen time among your children, their siblings, and yourself to build up each other.
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