Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers

For a quarter of a century now, Christian Liberty Press has been the publishing division of Christian Liberty Academy School System.  They provide educational materials to homeschools and Christian schools worldwide. 
Christian Liberty Press sent me the PDF version of Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers written by Douglas Bond.  This beautiful little book is so much more than I expected.  The suggested age is for 7th through 10th grade, so I used it as a read-aloud for my kids.  My 2nd grade through 6th graders loved it!
Annie and Drew are two American children who are visiting a small English town for the summer.  Drew especially is certain that his sister and he are doomed for an miserably boring summer...that is until they meet Mr. Pipes.  Mr. Pipes was affectionately dubbed by his fellow parishioners because he plays the pipe organ.  We could not help to be endeared by this sweet grandfather type who begins to teach the children about true worship of God.  While on summer adventures such as fishing, rowing, having English tea, Mr. Pipes tells the stories of British hymn writers and shares their songs with Annie and Drew.
Each chapter is devoted to a different hymn writer and includes details about their lives, their music, and their devotion to God.  The following hymn writers are covered in Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers:
Thomas Ken
Isaac Watts
Charles Wesley
William Williams
John Newton
William Cowper
Augustus Toplady and Thomas Kelly
a chapter for Scottish Hymn Writers, Anglican Hymn Writers, and Women Hymn Writers
and John Bunyan
Also included in each chapter are actual hymn lyrics, beautiful black and white illustrations, and sheet music at the end of each chapter.
Our children were especially interested in the chapter where the children learned about Isaac Watts.  Isaac Watts began writing poetry before the age of seven.  This child prodigy wrote a beautiful poem, rich with spiritual depth, but to be sure no one claimed he plagiarized it, he cleverly hid his name in the poem!
We received the PDF version of this book, which opened up beautifully on my iPad Kindle app.  I had no problem reading and enjoying the book this way.
Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers is the first in a four book series.  Also included are
My kids keep asking for more of Mr. Pipes, so I'm sure we will be purchasing them all!
You can read a sample of Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers and purchase the ebook for $8.79.  The print version is $9.89 and the four book set is $38.99.  Read more reviews on the Schoolhouse Review Blog.
Disclaimer: I have been given the wonderful opportunity to review many homeschool products over the last few years. The only compensation that I receive for my review is the free product. I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to participate in review groups and I have enjoyed trying out these products and giving you my honest opinion.
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