Next week, we’re looking at colonists and the Native Americans. Look for that post next Friday!
(Again, this isn’t a comprehensive list of our resources… just some of the extra reading we enjoyed.)
Queen Anne’s War, JoAnn A. Grote (Historical Fiction, Grades 4-6)
Phillip from book #4 (last week’s read) was the great-grandfather of Will and Beth in Queen Anne’s War. The children live in Boston during the war of 1710. I love the fact that these books address character issues in such an honest, true-to-biblical-principles way. I’m really glad we chose to supplement our literature with this series. Since there are 48 of them, they’ll last us through next year as well! Anyway, the Smith family suffers through the war, with one of their own leaving to fight, and the English soldiers raiding (politely) their food stores for the winter. When their family member dies, the realities of war hit home.
This is book #5 in The American Adventure series – 48 consecutive books from Barbour. Though the series is out of print, it was produced in the late 1990′s, and there are still lots of copies floating around. I got most of mine in a large lot on eBay. When I’m looking for a series, that’s my favorite way to buy, as it really lowers the cost of shipping (per book).
Freedom Seeker: A Story about William Penn, Gwyneth Swain (Biography, Grades 3-5)
This is an interesting biography focusing on Penn’s life before he came to America. The focus is his relationship with his father, his conversion to the Quaker religion, and his persecution for his faith. The government William Penn formed in Pennsylvania allowed freedom for all religions, and was the basis of much of our current government. Penn is an important figure in American history, and this was a nice introduction.
I wasn’t really sure how handing the boys a Bible and having them read 2 chapters a day would go. I’m liking it. They’re learning to develop a daily Bible-reading habit, and they’re really thinking about what they read. We’ve had some fascinating conversations; sometimes weeks after they’ve read a particular passage. God’s working on their hearts. How great is that?
What did your family read last week?
~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is a freelance children’s writer with a love for God’s Word, history, wisdom and small people. Her work has appeared in magazines including Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr., Pockets, Devozine, Keys for Kids, and Cobblestone Group’s FACES and Odyssey and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters.