Table of Contents

Cover Stories

Boys, books, and birth order

by Noel Piper

Cover Story Sidebar | Different sons remember different favorites

Cover Stories

Books that show, books that tell

Books that show, books that tell

by Susan Olasky

Cover Story | Discerning readers offer their favorite picture books and chapter books for children

In this issue: "Kids' books," Dec. 2, 2006

Features

Dog's best friend

Dog's best friend

By Susan Olasky

Interview | Hank the Cowdog creator John Erickson built a 20-year legacy of stories out of wholesome ranch life and a dog that sins

Leadership lineup

By Mark Bergin

Politics | Democrats caucus-and have their first turf battle-over key leadership positions

"What would Luke write?"

By Steve Beard

Hollywood | Behind the scenes, The Nativity Story filmmakers strive to be "consistent with the tone and tenor" of the Gospel accounts of Jesus' birth

Uncovering deeds of darkness

Uncovering deeds of darkness

By Priya Abraham

International | Bush visit sends warning to persecutors around the world

Nifty 50, plus 50

Books | Classic 20th-century children's books from WORLD's 2000 lists

Dispatches

The Buzz

The Buzz

The latest on the week's biggest stories

A way out of the woods

By Chip Watkins

The GOP must stop running away from its principles

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Oddball occurrences

Quotables

Quotables

Memorable things they said

Reviews

Bait and switch

By John Dawson

Movies | Happy Feet jumps into some surprisingly angry territory

Kaleidoscope of confusion

By Megan Basham

Movies | The Fountain offers small answers to big questions

Notebook

Leadership culture at risk

Leadership culture at risk

By Edward E. Plowman

Religion | University ministries on elite campuses, this time at Brown, face ouster

Big game, no change

Big game, no change

By John Dawson

Sports | Buckeyes, Wolverines remain on top

Voices

Prove all things

Prove all things

By Joel Belz

Christian conservatives should take neither party at face value

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

Rock of Israel

Rock of Israel

By Andrée Seu

Russian-speaking emigrés find a place to call home

Anti-Christian paranoia

Anti-Christian paranoia

By Gene Edward Veith

Instead of arguing that Christianity is not true, the more popular argument today is that Christianity is evil

WORLD's training camp

WORLD's training camp

By Marvin Olasky

New readers, new writers, new 'rithmetic

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