Bartholomew Knows How to Be a Good Observer

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Iguana waving in front of a subway train

Do you get so caught up in your own concerns, just living life, that you don’t take any time or thought for observing people? Would you love to be able to slow down and help your kids be interested in those around you?

Well, Bartholomew knows how to be a good observer and he’s more than happy to share what he’s learned! He shares his experience riding the subway, and observing people on a regular basis. What makes them unique. Different ways the same people can be seen, based on where the observer is coming from.

This book was on tour with Celebrate Lit, and is helpful for Elementary kids and their families.

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About this People Watching Book

Book: Bartholomew: Squire of the Subway

Author: Carol L. Lester

Genre: Children’s

Release Date: December 2019

Bartholomew, Squire of the Subway by Carol L. Lester

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.

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How to be a Good Observer, with Bartholomew, Squire of the Subway. A First Class Kids Book

Bartholomew Shows How to Be a Good Observer

I enjoyed my trip on the subway with Bartholomew, Squire of the Subway. He was a perfect gentleman, even when he was avoided and got weird looks. (Can’t say I’d always do the same, though I want to)

While this story isn’t outright Christian, there are still good lessons to be learned here.

By riding the same subway route every day, Bartholomew spends a lot of time observing people. The ‘Regulars’ he gets to see show him all kinds of unique things. The same attitudes and actions can be perceived in very different ways, based on the outlook of the observer.

As a Christian, observing people can give me ideas for prayer, service, and character-building in my own life, and that of my family.

If you want to know how to be a good observer, Ride along with Bartholomew. Notice details. Don’t judge, just collect information. See what interests you, and watch how others respond to the same things. You might be surprised!

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If you were wondering if observing people is a worthwhile activity, or how to be a good observer, I would recommend you give Bartholomew a chance. He’s an unusual Iguana, but has a lot to offer in this people watching book!

Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!

15 Comments on “Bartholomew Knows How to Be a Good Observer”

    1. Yes, Bartholomew is definitely unique and fun! The Squire of the Subway has a decent sense of humor and a keen eye for noticing details.

  1. This sounds like a wonderful book to share with my grandchildren. Thank you for sharing the book and author details

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