As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to review many homeschool products over the next several months. I feel truly blessed to be participating in this review group and I'm looking forward to trying out the products and giving you my honest opinion. This week I will post one review and host a giveaway each day. Please read this review and make sure to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway.
Would you join me for a moment during my favorite time of our homeschool day? The kitchen table has just been cleared of our lunch dishes. I kiss my one year old's head as I lay him in his crib and he sleepily snuggles into his blankets for his afternoon nap. I sit down on the couch holding my infant in my lap. My three year old lays her head on my shoulder as my oldest hands me the chapter book we've been reading. The oldest three spread out on the floor, either coloring in their history notebooks or resting on pillows.
We call this our 'Family Read-Aloud' and during this time the kids and I have went on wonderful journeys together as I read to them from great books. There are few statements I enjoy hearing more from my little ones than, "Awwww, Mom...just one more chapter?"
Salem Ridge Press is a publishing company that reprints quality books from the 1800's and early 1900's. They 'strive to republish books that are well-written, interesting and wholesome'. Believe me when I say, they have achieved their goal! I was sent three of their books to review and I will definitely be going back to order more books from this company again and again.
Mary Jane: Her Book is a charming and simple tale all about the activities of five year old Mary Jane. We joined her as she mourned for a broken doll, performed an errand for her mother, helped a nest of baby robins, visited with her aunt, and more. My girls especially liked listening to her sweet stories and laughing at her antics. She often reminded me of my three year old and we enjoyed reading this book set in a simpler time. This book was originally published in 1918 and has a sequel as well.
You will find three brave heroes in the young twins, Sally and Roger, and their mother Mrs. Priestley in The American Twins of the Revolution by Lucy Fitch Perkins. Originally published in 1926 and set in 1776, this book is based on a true story of heroism directly from our own American history. Why in the world would anyone teach history from a textbook when there are such wonderful living history books such as this one? Sally and Roger along with their mother and two loyal slaves brave British spies and soldiers while traveling to deliver gold and supplies to General Washington and the American soldiers. The suggested ages for this book is age 8 to adult, but I plan to read this aloud to all of my children when we study the Revolutionary War in the Spring.
Glaucia The Greek Slave was written by Emma Leslie in 1874 and is the exciting telling of the story of Glaucia, a young girl sold into slavery to pay her father's debt after he dies. Her brother Laon is desperate to find her and free her. And they are both on a quest to find the God who loves even the slaves. The story is set in first century Athens and I totally agree with the age recommendation of age 10 to adult. Like The Twins book, I did not want to put this book down. It reminded me so much of one of my favorite series, The Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers, that I had to wonder if Ms. Rivers had read this fascinating little book and been inspired by it.
I guess what I love about Salem Ridge Press, is that having read these three books and enjoyed them so well, I now feel that I have a trusted source to go to find quality literature for my children. They do not offer a very long list of books, currently only 23 titles. But their website offers you the ability to search alphabetically, by time period and location, by author, or by age range. The books retail for about $10-$13 for softcover and about $25 for hardcover. You can order them from your local bookstore or at other retail vendors including Amazon.
**Special Note-Salem Ridge book are available in the UK and Austraila as well as the States, so feel free to enter the giveaways!**
Giveaway- Daniel Mills from Salem Ridge Press has generously donated 3 Books from Salem Ridge. Each book will go to a different winner. Yes! That's right...today we will have 3 winners!
One winner will receive Down the Snow Stairs by Alice Corkran (Hardcover with dust jacket $24.95 value)- On Christmas Eve, eight-year-old Kitty cannot sleep, knowing that her beloved little brother is critically ill due to her own disobedience. Traveling in a dream to Naughty Children Land, she meets many strange people, including Daddy Coax and Lady Love. Kitty longs to return to the Path of Obedience but can she resist the many temptations she faces? Will she find her way home in time for Christmas? An imaginative and delightful read-aloud for the whole family!
One winner will receive The American Twins of the Revolution by Lucy Fitch Perkins (softcover $12.95 value)- General Washington has no money to pay his discouraged troops and twins Sally and Roger are asked by their father, General Priestly, to help hide a shipment of gold which will be used to pay the American soldiers. Unfortunately, British spies have also learned about the gold and will stop at nothing to prevent it from reaching General Washington. Based on a true story, this is a thrilling episode from our nation’s history!
One winner will receive Soldier Fritz by Emma Leslie (softcover $10.95 value).- Young Fritz wants to follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther and be a soldier for the Lord, so he chooses a Bible from the peddler’s pack as his birthday gift. When his father, the Count, goes off to war, however, Fritz and his mother and little sister are forced to flee into the forest to escape being thrown in prison for their new faith. Disguising themselves as commoners, they must trust the Lord as they wait and hope for the Count to rescue them. But how will he ever be able to find them?
To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment in the comment section of this post telling me the following:
1. Tell which of these books you would like to receive. You may list one or all three, but I will only enter you into the drawings of the books you list.
2. Leave an email or blog address that I can contact you at if you win.
You can leave comments to enter until Wednesday, Dec. 17th at 8pm(EST) when I will randomly select three winners. The winners will be contacted and will have 48 hours to respond before I draw another winner.
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Be sure to come back tomorrow for another fun giveaway and check out the TOS Crew Blog for more reviews of Salem Ridge.
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