The Hidden Village by Bonnie Rose Hudson, A Review, A Unit Study, & A Giveaway Learning to Step Up, Even When You Are Little The Story begins with a little boy Manju is a young boy who lives in a village at the edge of a mangrove forest in India. One morning he takes his new bible to the top of his favorite tree to spend time as close to God as he could climb. The forest he lives near is a place where, “trees linked arms,” and mangroves with roots that stick out of the ground, “grew that way to catch boys who aren’tRead More →

Jump Into Adventure With Addison Cooke

[amazon_textlink asin=’0399173781′ text=’Addison Cooke and the Tomb of the Khan by Jonathan W. Stokes’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’dowt-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’32d24096-d020-11e7-8830-0dbec03eb93b’] I had not heard of Addison Cooke before I began to read this book, but the story is a fun and exciting adventure that any child will love! There are not many books these days that capture the imaginations of boys, but this book certainly does. The story begins as Addison Cooke, a cocky boy with a fantastic ability to talk his way out of nearly any situation, talks his way out of detention and heads home for summer vacation. He meets up with his little sister,Read More →

Digging for Trouble – The Devlin Quick Mysteries {a review for Penguin Random House} Devlin Quick is that girl we all wish we could be like: spunky, smart, and insatiably curious. She is always up for a challenge and in this third book in the Devlin Quick Mysteries series, we find Devlin on a paleontology dig in Montana. When her friend Katie finds a rare dinosaur on the dig, the two girls end up in the middle of an adventure that leads them back to Manhattan and eventually to discover the identity of a thief. Ever wonder what it would be like to be aRead More →

Off My Shelf In October

A Selection Of Books From Our Home Library Each month I will pull a pile of books off the shelves in our home, books that my kids and my husband and I love. Each book I select is special and full of memories for me. And I will share them with you: Off My Shelf. The selection this month includes a special book that I sang to my children each night as a bedtime book when they were babies. Over in the Meadow is a picture book set to the tradional song of the same name. I love this song. Even though my kids areRead More →

Saving Marty

Saving Marty appears on the surface to be the story of a boy and his pig. There are so many of these stories in the world, but this is not really the tale of a pig. Yes, there is a pig in the story, but this story is about the boy. Summary of the Story Renzo lives with his mom and his Double (grandpa) on the family farm. His mother tries to keep everyone fed by raising pigs and puppies and one particular pig ends up joining the puppy pack, bonds with 11 year old Renzo, and never looks back. This fantastic pig is lovedRead More →

A Review of “SMOOT the Rebellious Shadow” & “The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole” by Michelle Cuevas ​I was recently given the opportunity to review SMOOT – A Rebellious Shadow, and The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas. These two wonderful books are my first introduction to the author, Michelle Cuevas, but now that I know her writing I will be tracking down all her other books. These Books Turn Shadows & Darkness Into Comforting Places Both books are absolutely beautiful. Michelle Cuevas has a gift for turning shadows and darkness into not-so-dark and comforting places. ChildrenRead More →

Imagine...The Great Flood by Matt Koceich

Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich from Barbour Publishing I was excited to get the opportunity to review Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich from Barbour Publishing even though my children are teenagers.   The Story This is the story of a young ten-year-old boy who is reluctantly in the middle of a move across the country with his parents and his dog, Molly. When he loses his dog and chases her into the woods, he falls and finds himself plopped down into the world of Noah and his family as they prepare for the great voyage on the ark. TheRead More →

In the Reign of Terror from Heirloom Audio Productions – A Homeschool Review Crew review We were excited to get the opportunity to try out In the Reign of Terror from Heirloom Audio Productions and the audio drama sure is exciting! The Story In The Reign of Terror is a G.A. Henty story published in 1888 that tells the tale of a young man, Harry, from England who travels to France towards the beginning of the French Revolution. He lives with a family who supports the king of France through the revolution and, while starting his adventure in the countryside estate of his hosts, moves withRead More →