Wednesday, December 10, 2008

7 Reviews/7 Giveaways- Day 3

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 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.

If you'd like to earn more entries, grab the button at the top of my sidebar and post it on your sidebar. This will get you two extra entries into all 7 of the giveaways.

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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  1. How wonderful to find your inspiring blog. The Lord recently lead me to homeschool my 12 and 14 year olds after being home for 3 years (due to 4 shoulder surgeries and a hysterectomy!). I'm SO glad I heard and listened to Him. We've only been doing this since the end of October and we are enjoying it immensely. As far as the books, I'd be glad to win any of the 3, so feel free to enter me for any of them. I appreciate what you do and enjoy reading your blog.

  2. I am really enjoying these reviews. I am especially appreciative to have a new resource for good read-aloud material ~ thank you! Please enter me in the drawings for all three books; they would each make a wonderful addition to our home library. My email is

  3. These sound like just the kind of books I've been looking for! Please enter me in the drawings for all 3.


  4. I would love to own all 3 of these wonderful books! Down the Snow Stairs, Fritz, American Twins. After leaving this comment, I plan on heading right over to Salem Press to check it out. I hope they continue to expand their collection as this is a gold mine for us homeschoolers! I also hope the books and the shipping are reasonably priced.

    I also read aloud every day to my children (ages 8, 5, 5, 2) What amazes me is their level of understanding. I read while they are eating lunch. Several days ago I started reading a book I owned when a teenager - Vinegar Boy. I read the first page and stopped to ask them if they understood a word of what I just read. The vocabulary is huge. Even I wasn't familiar with a handful of words written on the page! They insisted they understood and that I continue reading. We are now 5 chapters into the book. Every now and then I need to stop and briefly recap what is happening in order to fine tune their understanding. But the book is worth the effort.

    I know this has nothing to do with Salem Press but I highly recommend this book. It's a fictional story of a boy at the time of Christ's crucifixion. I have permission to copy this review post to my blog? I would be sure to include the source of the review. It seems the word needs to be spread on this Salem Press treasure!


  5. I'd love to win any of the 3 three! I've already read the American Twins book, but it is such great (exciting!) read that I'd love to have another copy to give away as a gift. So again, sign me up to win any of the 3!

  6. Again I am in awe! Family read alouds are something that I desperately wanted to experience with my family, but obviously not that desperately, as we haven't managed them, or is more "I" haven't managed them!!!!

    Those three books sound wonderful and exactly the type that I wish my children would hear more of! So we would love to receive any of them, but due to being in the UK and that would make postage international, I think that would be unfair of Salem Ridge Press to have an extra cost.

    But I do love the reviews adn opening my eyes (and heart) to new experiences!

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    swiftclan5 at yahoo dot co dot uk

  7. These sound wonderful. We also have reading time right after lunch and yesterday they kept asking for just one more chapter..pleeeease! :)

  8. Hello. I'd like to be entered for Down the Snow Stairs.

    my blog is

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  9. I would love to read any of these with my kids they sound great. I like The American Twins of the Revolution,Soldier Fritz, or Down the Snow Stairs

  10. I'd like any of them!m I also put your button on my blog!

  11. Thank you for taking time to do these reviews.
    I'd like Down the Snow Stairs.

  12. Please put me in the hat for all three of the books. My daughter goes through books like water over here ( yes she does drink alot of water =) ) Thanks for the info on Salem Ridge Press!

  13. I'd love to be entered for "Down the Snow Stairs" and "American Twins of the Revolution"

    These books sound wonderful. I do have a question though. Are they written at a level where older siblings could do the reading while I cook dinner? These books seem like they would offer an opprotuinty for my (almost) teen to begin "instructing" his siblings some.

    Thank you again for the great review and give away.

  14. These books sound really good. Who could choose which one out of the 3 books?

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  15. I would like to be entered for all three books, Down the Snow Stairs, The American Twins of the Revolution, and Soldier Fritz. They all sound interesting. Thank you for reminding me about Salem Ridge Press. That company does seem to be a very reliable source for books.

    Melanie McBride

  16. Please enter me in all three. Thanks so much!

  17. These sound awesome! I love the idea of having some place to get older books. Many books are available for free online, but nothing beats having an actual BOOK.

    Put me in the drawing for Soldier Fritz and American Twins of the Revolution. Thanks again!

  18. I really enjoy the books from Salem Ridge. Enter me into the draw for The American Twins of the Revolution please.

    I have also placed your button on my blog at


  19. Please, please, please enter me to win any of the THREE. I use a CM living books approach on a shoestring budget and am always in desperate need of fine books. We use a lot of free-domain books for our reading from these earlier centuries. It would be a nice change to snuggle up on the couch together instead of around a computer screen! ;-)

  20. Please enter me for all three... I can't choose. The girls & I are reading Mary Jane right now and loving it!


  21. I'd love to win Soldier Fritz or Down The Snow Stairs.

    Once again, thank you for the thorough reviews.


  22. Please enter me for all three! Thanks!

  23. These sound good.

    Thanks for your reviews.

  24. Hello,
    These books all sound great. I would love to be entered for all three books. Thanks for your reviews.

  25. I would love to receive either of the following books:

    Down the Snow Stairs by Alice Corkran

    Soldier Fritz by Emma Leslie

    My email address is

    I have your button on my blog. My blog is

    Thanks you!


  26. What a great opportunity to win these awesome wholesome books to read with our children.

    Thank you Shanna for the give away!


  27. I would love to be entered for all three of the books; they sound wonderful!

  28. I'd love to be entered for the American Twins book. Thank you, Deanna

  29. Please enter me for Soldier Fritz, and Down the Snow Stairs.
    Thank you!

  30. The soldier one looks perfect for my 8 year old son!

  31. Enter me in the drawing. I also put your button on my blog sidebar.

  32. I have been impressed with sAlem Ridge too but haven't bought anything yet. We would be interested in Soldier Fritz.

  33. We have been long-time readers of the Lamplighter series, but as of yet have not read any of the Salem Ridge books. We would love to be entered in all three drawings. Thank you for the great opportunities in this great giveaway!

  34. Please enter me for all three books . I am going to check out the other titles they have at their site now.
    Thanks !!
    Tina B

  35. I'm going to be looking at Salem Ridge Press. I love old stories.
    Our family would enjoy any of the 3 books.
    My 1st choice being
    Soldier Fritz by Emma Leslie
    With our own man of the house being military we could identify well with having to send Dad off.

    But either of the other two books sound as great to read.
    We definitely love books here.

    Please enter me for all the books.

    fauna_gail at

  36. I would love to win Down the Snow Stairs, to read with my son. Thank you for the opportunity!

  37. I would like to win any of them.
    Down the Snow Stairs
    The American Twins of the
    Soldier Fritz

  38. I put your button on my blog.

  39. I would like to any of the following books: Snow Stairs, Fritz, American Twins. Thank you.

  40. I added your button to my blog. TY

  41. Please enter me for all 3. I had just come across their website sometime in the past few weeks. Their books sound wonderful! Thanks for the review.

    Hillary in Indiana

  42. This isn't the first time I've heard of them. THey look like a fabulous company. I'm glad to see them doing this! Maybe they'll do some Isabella Aldens - love her stuff.

    Anyway, I'd love any or all of the books Shanna. Enter me in the one with the greatest chance of winning! ;)


  43. I would love to be entered into the drawing for all 3 books. Thank you for your generosity!


  44. What lovely stories! How blessed we are to have these type of books available to us! Thank you so much for sharing!


  45. I am so excited about these and will be looking to use them for read aloud time...sometimes it is so hard to find a good book that isn't offensive. I would be blessed by all three of them. Please enter me into all three contests.
    Down the Snow Stair
    American Twins of the Revolution
    Soldier Fritz

  46. sorry I forgot to leave my email address Please enter me into all three contests...Down the Snow Stair, American Twins of the Revolution and Soldier Fritz. I am looking forward to reading a book to the kids that I don't have to worry about the content.
    Thank you again.
    Carol Jo

  47. These books sound wonderful. Please enter me for all three. Down the snow stairs, The American twins of the Revolution, and Soldier Fritz. Thank you so much! Becky Soyster

  48. I would love the opportunity to win all three books. They look great! I am enjoying reading the reviews you are posting.
    I will also post your button in my blog's sidebar.

  49. Thank you so much for this opportunity. I would love to be entered in the contest for all three books. They sound wonderful. I've heard about the Perkin's Twin books years ago, but have never come across one despite attending many, many library book sales. That is unusual.
    Again, my thanks.

  50. These books sound wonderful . . . any would be a great addition to our home library! Thanks!

  51. We'd love Soldier Fritz, and I'm heading over to the website to check the others out!


  52. I would be totally excited to recieve any three of these books. Even more excited to have a new resource for trustworthy books!!! Thanks for this review.

    Alexis Sorensen

  53. Thank you for this opportunity to enter your contests. I think my family would enjoy The American Twins of the Revolution or Soldier Fritz.

    The one about the Greek slave sounds really good, and I am glad you mentioned that it is best for children 10 and older. I'll have to wait on that one but will keep it in mind for later. thank you for your great reviews!

  54. Great work! I would appreciate being entered into the drawing for "Down the Snow Stairs". Thanks for taking the time to do's really been a blessing and fun too.



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