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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What Books Do You Love to Read Again and Again? ~ Follow Up Post

First off, thanks to the terrific book ideas shared after my post "What Books Do You Love to Read Again and Again?" (click HERE for that post). We have thoroughly enjoyed reading the titles that were shared.

In this brief post I'm going to share a few excerpts from two of my all-time favorite books. Kind of like movie trailers, but for books.


From "The Terrible Hours: The Man Behind the Greatest Submarine Rescue in History" by Peter Maas:

"Driven by battery power, the Squalus slid down into the ocean. Outside, had anyone been watching, he would have seen the cold North Atlantic boil over her elongated hull, reach for her three-inch deck gun, and surge up around the base of her superstructure.
"Then, suddenly, she was gone."
(p.29, softcover edition)


"For Isaacs, time was fast running out. But, his face pressed against the eyeport, he seemed unable to tear himself away from the frightful sight in the forward engine room. He could not see any crewmen in there, just the thundering ocean. Then he became aware of the icy water lapping around his waist. Before he could move, it had almost reached his armpits. He frantically propelled himself away from the door, actually swimming, and barged right into one of the mess tables hidden by the rising surge. Isaacs went under, but he had a hand around a leg of the table bolted to the deck and he came up spewing salt water from his mouth. He kept going and Maness, holding the door open an instant longer, saw him. Isaacs floundered into the control room and dropped to his knees, gasping for breath." (pp. 48-49, softcover edition)

If you want to find out how these men escaped from their crippled sub on the Atlantic floor, you'll need to read the book :)


From "The Four Feathers" by A.E.W. Mason:

"And this is what he saw: Harry Feversham holding in the centre of the hall a lighted candle high above his head, and looking up towards the portraits of the Fevershams as they mounted the walls and were lost in the darkness of the roof. A muffled sound of voices came from the other side of the door-panels. But the hall itself was silent. Harry stood remarkably still, and the only thing which moved at all was the yellow flame of the candle as it flickered apparently in some faint draught. The light wavered across the portraits, glowing here upon a red coat, glittering there upon a corselet of steel. For there was not one man's portrait upon the walls which did not glisten with the colours of a uniform, and there were the portraits of many men. Father and son, the Fevershams had been soldiers from the very birth of the family. Father and son, in Ramillies wigs and steel breastplates, in velvet coats with powder on their hair, in shakos and swallow-tails, in high stocks and frogged coats, they looked down upon this last Feversham, summoning him to the like service. They were men of one stamp; no distinction of uniform could obscure their relationship - lean-faced men, hard as iron, rugged in feature, thin-lipped, with firm chins and straight level mouths, narrow foreheads, and the steel-blue inexpressive eyes; men of courage and resolution, no doubt, but without subtleties, or nerves, or that burdensome gift of imagination; sturdy men, a little wanting in delicacy, hardly conspicuous for intellect; to put it frankly, men rather stupid - all of them, in a word, first-class fighting men, but not one of them a first-class soldier.

"But Harry Feversham plainly saw none of their defects. To him they were one and all portentous and terrible. He stood before them in the attitude of a criminal before his judges, reading his condemnation in their cold unchanging eyes. Lieutenant Sutch understood more clearly why the flame of the candle flickered. There was no draught in the hall, but the boy's hand shook. And finally, as though he heard the mute voices of his judges delivering some sentence and admitted its justice, he actually bowed to the portraits on the wall. As he raised his head, he saw Lieutenant Sutch in the embrasure of the doorway." (pp.11-12, softcover edition)



"The post is in," she said. "There are letters, one, two, three for you, and a little box."
She held the box out to him as she spoke, a little white jeweller's cardboard box, and was at once struck by its absence of weight.
"It must be empty," she said.
Yet it was most carefully sealed and tied. Feversham broke the seals and unfastened the string. He looked at the address. The box had been forwarded from his lodgings, and he was not familiar with the handwriting.
"There is some mistake," he said as he shook the lid open; and then he stopped abruptly. Three white feathers fluttered out of the box, swayed and rocked for a moment in the air, and then, one after another, settled gently down upon the floor. The lay like flakes of snow upon the dark polished boards. But they were not whiter than Harry Feversham's cheeks. He stood and stared at the feathers until he felt a light touch upon his arm. He looked and saw Ethne's gloved hand upon his sleeve.
"What does it mean?" she asked.
(p. 41, softcover edition)

"Three little white feathers," she said slowly, and then, with a sob in her throat, "This afternoon we were under the elms down by the Lennon river - do you remember, Harry? - just you and I. And then come three little white feathers; and the world's at an end." (p.43, softcover edition)



"Praying and cursing with the sound of the pitiless whips falling perpetually upon the backs of the hindmost, the prisoners jostled and struggled at the narrow entrance to the prison house. Already it was occupied by some thirty captives, lying upon the swamped mud floor or supported against the wall in the last extremities of weakness and disease. Two hundred more were driven in that night and penned there till morning. The room was perhaps thirty feet square, of which four feet were occupied by a solid pillar supporting the roof. There was no window in the building; a few small apertures near the roof made a pretence of giving air, and into this foul and pestilent hovel the prisoners were packed, screaming and fighting. The door was closed upon them, utter darkness replaced the twilight, so that a man could not distinguish even the outlines of the heads of the neighbours who wedged him in." (p.298, softcover edition)

"He heard the bolts dragged back at the last; he saw the door open, and the good daylight. He stood up, and with Ibrahim's help, protected this new comrade until the eager rush was past. Then he supported him out into the sareeba. Worn, wasted in body and face, with a rough beard straggled upon his chin, and his eyes all sunk and very bright, it was still Harry Feversham. Trench laid him down in a corner of the sareeba where there would be shade, and in a few hours shade would be needed. Then with the rest he scrambled to the Nile for water, and brought it back. As he poured it down Feversham's throat Feversham seemed for a moment to recognise him. But it was only for a moment; and the incoherent tale of his adventures began again. Thus, after five years, and for the first time since Trench had dined as Feversham's guest in the high rooms overlooking St. James's Park, the two men met in the House of Stone." (p.312, softcover edition)

Can you imagine Harry in the hall, a young man of perhaps fifteen, looking into the faces of his fathers dressed in uniform, pondering his future as a soldier - fearing he will be the first coward in the Feversham family tree?

Maybe you're curious as to why the book title is "The Four Feathers" when only three feathers fell out of the tiny box? And what on earth ever becomes of Ethne?

What about Feversham's arrival in the Stone House (a prison in Omduram), where he meets his old friend Trench? Who is Trench, you ask? One of Feversham's military friends - one who sent him a little white feather (the symbol of cowardice). Here is Harry Feversham, half dead in the worst prison of the day, for the sole purpose of asking Trench to take the feather back if Harry has indeed proven himself to no longer be a coward.

Good books change the way you view the world; they inspire and encourage you (provided they are the right books). And the greatest Book of is all God's love letter to us, and reading it is the highlight of my day.

Day 159 done :)

Jan L. Burt

www.HomeschoolingMothersBibleStudy.com

www.SavanasClayCreations.com

Saturday, February 25, 2012

TOS Crew Product Review ~ Reading Eggs


Reading Eggs is an online learning program for pre, early and emergent readers (ages 3 to 7 primarily, with a unique online area for readers ages 7 to 12).

As my children are all older, this is primarily an informational review, kind of like "looking back" to consider how this program might have worked for our family several years ago. However, we did spend quite a bit of time using the online are for older readers, called "Reading Eggspress" - I will mention both throughout the review.

The Reading Eggs website is divided into three categories: First Steps for 3-4 years; Ready for School for 5-year-olds; Fun Practice Makes Perfect for 6-7 years. The ages are really more like guidelines, so your child could easily move through all the levels at their own pace. And when ready, they could move on to the lessons available at Reading Eggspress.

I feel this would have been a fun, easy to use resource for my children in their early years as readers. There are loads of options to choose from, which makes the learning process a whole lot more fun in my opinion. Students can build their own avatar, have pets (called Critters), add items to their house, use reading lessons, visit the playroom, go to a factory, shop in the store, do reading based puzzles at Puzzle Park, play educational games in the arcade, use the Driving Tests (one of my favorites!), go to the bank, or enjoy some reading songs at the Music Cafe.




The Reading Eggs site has a "map" for each student to use. It helps them see exactly where they are in the learning process, and I think it's a fun way to move along steadily as they learn. It's unique that each member has their own map. I really found that to be a great idea. As the child works through their map, they can earn eggs (the form of commerce used in Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress). Eggs can be spent at the arcade, to buy clothes for the avatar, and even to buy pets). At any time, the number of eggs the student has earned can be seen with a quick glance at the upper right-hand side of the screen. Constant motivation to work hard!

The learning activities vary and that keeps early readers from becoming bored. There is a built in review to help cement new words and concepts in the students memory. Another plus, since I can attest to the fact that review is a requirement for success in reading. The brightly colored, interactive web pages are a plus; engaging but not overwhelming.

Having different options for things to do makes this a worthwhile resource. For example, in the Reading Eggspress world, students can read books in the library and earn eggs by taking a quiz, or visit the Gym and do a "workout" that involves increased reading skills. Overall, I really feel Reading Eggs is a quality program worth looking into for younger readers.




I must add this disclaimer, however ~ I did find some of the subject matter failed to align with our Christian family's standards. But Reading Eggs does not promote itself as "Christian" and it was pretty easy to steer my daughter away from material not to my liking. It's not any different than the way we treat any other secular website or curriculum; take what fits our family's Biblical standard and leave the rest!

I would also caution my fellow homeschoolers that some of the spelling is based on European English - just something to consider when teaching reading to American English students :)

The educational reading available at Reading Eggs made this online reading program a plus; the learning games were fun, interactive, and good for the brain! They keep things moving at a pace that will hold the interest of most developing readers. Cross-curricular material is a favorite for many homeschoolers, and I was pleased to find that at Reading Eggs. Reading practice is gained while a science or history topic is studied. I believe Reading Eggs can also help younger students hone their typing skills. And while all children seem to have the ability to use a PC from a young age these days, not all children can actually TYPE!

My 12-year-old daughter enjoyed the book choices at the library (at Reading Eggspress) because, as she puts it, "It's fun to read the books to earn eggs. I like having my own avatar, and shopping for her is nice. But I really like seeing the number of eggs I've earned go up each time I finish a book in the library." She also shared that the portion of the webstie geared toward younger readers would have been good for her when she was learning to read.

To visit the Reading Eggs website for yourself, go to .
www.ReadingEggs.com

To purchase a subscription, go to the website and sign up for a free trial (no credit card required). From your dashboard (your home page) you can click on the Green "Purchase Reading Eggs" button. Prices are: $9.95/month, $49.95 for 6 months, $75 for 12 months.




To see what my fellow Crew mates have to say about Reading Eggs, click HERE.

(As always, I received this product free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.)

Day 158 done :)

Jan L. Burt

www.HomeschoolingMothersBibleStudy.com

Friday, February 24, 2012

Serving ~ and Then Serving Some More

A mother's life is filled with caring for others - in essence, serving them. How much more so for the homeschooling mother? It's easy to feel a little sorry for oneself, to become overwhelmed, to harbor a wee bit of resentment concerning the never-ending workload and the few-and-far-between thank yous.

Would it make a difference in our attitude if we were reminded of the excellent company we share when living the life of continual service? By pouring out our lives for others, we are a little bit like our Lord Jesus. And isn't He the One we desire to imitate?

It seems exhausting, at times, this life of a homeschool mom. But the Lord Himself will renew our strength as we yield to Him. When the road seems too rough and the way too dark, He Himself will be our light. There is never a moment when He isn't right there with us; never a second when He isn't fully "in our corner". After all, who could possibly want us to succeed in the task of Christian homeschooling more than Christ Himself? Yes, it tough at times. But even on the toughest days, He is there for us, leading us and protecting us and strengthening us.

Remember that this life is only a vapor, just temporary, will soon enough pass away. Homeschooling is just one short portion of our short lives here on earth, and when our children are grown we will see how fleeting these days really were.

Jesus said in Matthew 20:28, "Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life - a ransom for many."
He gave His all for us. We can trust Him to give us all we need when we face long days and nights of serving, and then serving some more.

Lord bless you today!

Day 157 done :)

Jan L. Burt

www.SavanasClayCreations.com

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Jesus We Missed - The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ by Patrick Henry Reardon


The Jesus We Missed by Patrick Henry Reardon is a study through the Gospels aimed at examining the humanity of Jesus. This book looks to answer the question, "How was Jesus fully God and fully man?"

It seemed as though the book were hoping to astound the reader with thought-provoking insight that could potentially reshape the image of Jesus. However, I did not find myself astounded or at all surprised by the concepts shared by Mr. Reardon. Rather, I assume that any devoted follower of Jesus of Nazareth has wrestled with the awesomeness of God living in the flesh as a man; and having pondered the imponderable, has continued a walk of faith all the more amazed by God's lavish love and unending grace toward mankind that He would choose to live as one of us.

On my 'Page Turner Scale' of 1 to 5, I am giving this book a 2. It may be an interesting read to a new follower of Christ, but I found it almost took away from the Biblical account of the life of Jesus.

(Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from BookSneeze for review purposes.)

Day 156 done :)

Jan L. Burt

www.HomeschoolingMothersBibleStudy.com

Saturday, February 18, 2012

TOS Crew Product Review ~ "Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here?" from Apologia Press


I cannot lie - when I learned I would be reviewing the second in a 4 volume series entitled "What We Believe" from Apologia Ministries, I was ecstatic. I was blessed to review the first volume in the series (click HERE to read that post) and was excited to review the second volume.

The 4 volumes that comprise the "What We Believe" series from Apologia are:

1. ~ Who Is God?
2. ~ Who Am I?
3. ~ Who Is My Brother?
4. ~ What On Earth Can I Do?


"Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here?" is a 262 page hardcover book, written by John Hay & David Webb. The book contains 8 lessons, broken into sections that are easily understood and solidly Biblical. If using a curriculum that is Biblically based is as important in your home as it is in ours, then this series on worldview from Apologia is what you need.

The "How to Use This Book" section explains ways to incorporate the text into your family's homeschool. Information about notebooking, the structure of the lessons, lesson plans, the purpose behind teaching worldview, information on the course website, and who to contact should you have a question can be found here.

Along with the hardcover book, I also received a CD of the book (AudioBook MP3 CD). This is ideal for students who learn best audibly - they can just start the CD and read along in their book. It's also nice to have for use in the car. What busy homeschool mom doesn't spend plenty of time in the car?!

In addition, I received the "Who Am I?" Notebooking Journal (spiral bound, 247 pages). The student "writes" their own book as they work through the lessons. This becomes a unique treasure for the child and for the parents! Apologia has outdone themselves with this resource. It's thorough, engaging, and really cements the topics covered in this worldview course. The clearly laid out lessons plans make it a snap for students to use.

And finally, I received the "Who Am I?" Coloring Book (64 pages). The color pages correspond with the lessons. Now, don't think this coloring book is just for younger students (although they will enjoy it). It's really a well done book! The best way I can describe it is as a comforting book to work through. I'm not a big fan of coloring books, but this is one coloring book that I love.




Apologia continues to produce fantastic products for homeschool families and the "What We Believe" series is one of my favorites. Homeschooling can be an avenue to shelter our children in both positive and negative ways; none of us wants our children to leave home unable to stand on their own personal faith, but we have to be aware of allowing our children to believe our faith is their faith. God has no grandchildren, after all, and riding on their parents coattails is not sufficient for our children. he worldview curriculum from Apologia strengthens the child's "inner man" and helps build a solid foundation that he or she can build upon for a lifetime.

As my daughter has worked through the first two books in the series, I have seen tangible growth. She has moved to a new level in her personal walk with Jesus, and I cannot imagine anything blessing me more as a homeschool mom than that. She has asked to continue the series and I plan to facilitate that request :)

Prices are:
$39 for "Who Am I?" hardcover book
$19 for "Who Am I?" Audio CD
$24 for "Who Am I?" Notebooking Journal
$8 for "Who Am I?" Coloring Book
Click HERE for a direct link to this product page.


To see what my fellow Crew Mates have to say about "Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here?", follow this LINK.



Visit the Apologia website to see the vast array of curriculum, products, and to learn about their online academy at www.Apologia.com

God bless you on your homeschool journey!

Day 155 done :)

Jan L. Burt

www.HomeschoolingMothersBibleStudy.com

www.SavanasClayCreations.com

(FCC Disclaimer ~ As always, I received this product free of charge for review purposes.)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Homeschool Mom's Devotional (# 1)

Colossians 4:17 tells the reader to "be sure to carry out the work the Lord gave you".

How can this be applied to the enormously busy lifestyle of a homeschool mom?

First of all, we must always remember that the Word of God has the answer for our every need and we can trust fully in God to use His Word to lead us, guide us, correct us, and bless us.

Keeping that in mind, let's consider what this verse is saying. We are told to carry out, or complete, the work the Lord has given us. We are wives, mothers, homeschoolers. Those three BIG job descriptions come immediately to mind when I think of homeschooling mothers. Applying God's Word to our life means carrying out our work as wives, as mothers, and as homeschoolers.

When I am exhausted from another long day (or long week, long month, long year, etc.) I still must honor the Lord by blessing my husband. Maybe that means having a hot meal on the table when he arrives home from work. Perhaps your husband would prefer a few minutes to read the paper to unwind from work when he gets home. Does he dislike baskets of laundry sitting around? Then fold and put away the laundry before he gets home each evening. Does it bless him if you set out his clothes for work the next day? By all means, do it! This is the work the Lord has given us to carry out, and we cannot fully receive God's great blessings if we aren't doing what He has asked us to do.

Secondly, let's apply Colossians 4:17 to motherhood. It is a blessed job that pays rich dividends, isn't it? And yet it is a tiring job that demands our all emotionally, physically, and mentally every single day. One of the best ways I have found to carry out the Lord's work as a mother is to focus on TODAY only. I can't drag yesterday's junk and tomorrow's worries into today if I want to be a godly mother today. It's just that simple! To complete today's work, I must be about today's work. No other work can be done today, after all, so why waste precious time on what is futile?

And lastly, carrying out the work God has given us as women who homeschool means we need to actually be teaching our children. This begins with God's Word in our home. There is never a day when my children's first assignment is anything other than the Bible. I have used a variety of curriculum to facilitate Biblical studies in my 14+ years of homeschooling, and I can honestly say that God has blessed them all. On their own, before they start the school day, my older children read their Bibles. And my two youngest daughters read their Bibles at night. We also have family devotional time in the evening, led by my husband, and family prayer time each evening. So "Bible curriculum" is not the only time we study the Bible in our home; but it is the first lesson my students work on each day for school. This really does pay off great dividends ~ my son texted me from college this week to let me know that his Old Testament class is his absolute favorite course this semester. He says his professor "blows his mind every class" and that it is "ridiculous how good the class is". I'm sure this class would have been a blessing to Gage if he hadn't done some sort of Bible study daily in our homeschool; but the foundation laid by years of daily discipline have made it a much richer blessing.

Beyond making God's Word central to everything we do in our homeschool, I set apart time each week to seek the Lord's guidance and ask for His clear leading for each and every thing involved in our homeschool. For me, that is central to completing the work He has given me. I've found that time spent listening for His voice as I plan each week's school work, the road before me is much smoother than it ever would be by my own devices.

May the Lord richly bless you as you seek to homeschool your children for His glory!

Day 154 done :)

*UPDATE* - My book All Things Homeschool ~ 180 Devotions for Homeschooling Mothers is now available at Amazon! Click HERE.


Jan L. Burt

www.AllThingsHomeschool.weebly.com

www.SavanasClayCreations.com

Saturday, February 4, 2012

TOS Crew Product Review ~ Celestial Almanack, Volume 2 (February)


The Celestial Almanack, Volume 2 (February 2012)- A Visual Representation of the Sky by Jay Ryan, from The Classical Astronomy. Yes, that's quite a title. And this is quite a product.


This resource is a 21-page ebook, available as an instant download from CurrClick.com (here is the DIRECT LINK). It sells for the very moderate price of $3.00, and let me just say you get a whole lot of product for a small amount of pocket change!

This volume is filled with well written content, which by my definition means it's interesting and engaging, holds my children's attention while teaching them, and doesn't "dawdle" but rather keeps moving.

February's volume of Celestial Almanack covers Leap Years (it's the perfect time to study Leap Years in your homeschool since 2012 is a Leap Year!), the origin of the calendar, the astronomical calendar, the sun's delcination, the great constellation Orion, North East and West horizons, Jupiter and Venus, Mars and Saturn. The Celestial Almanack has excellent graphs of the day time sky, as well as the night time sky, which is a real plus if you have visually inclined learners in your homeschool.

Written from a strongly Christian perspective, The Celestial Almanack, Volume 2 is a trustworthy way to study astronomy in a way that glorifies the Lord. Bible verses and references to God's handiwork made manifest in the sky are generously used throughout this ebook. It's a delight to study such an amazing topic with this wonderful resource!

Just one example of the information contained in The Celestial Almanack would be the author's explanation of the sun's "movement" through the summer and winter solstices. Using a terrific visual graph, the entire process is explained in a clear but interesting manner. If you're children have ever wondered about astronomy, I cannot think of a better way to get your feet wet!

The "Seasons and Skies - Evening" visual chart is just terrific. It makes your star-gazing easy as every detai is clearly laid out by date through the entire month of February. And it shows the sky as it will appear at around 8 pm - which is perfect for homeschool moms who don't keep their children up too late!

Mr. Ryan's statement that he feels "Orion's Belt is a type of miracle, as if anyone could believe that such an unlikely alignment of bright stars could happen by accident" reminds me that Psalm 19:1 tells us the heavens declare the glory of God. Using The Celestial Almanack, you will show your children exactly HOW the heavens declare God's glory. What an amazing experience to share with your children!

Once you are able to easily locate Orion, this guide will teach you how to find other constellations based on Orion's location in the winter sky. Think of the impact this will have on your children! They will always be able to find these stars in the night sky, and will be in awe of their Creator. Perhaps they will pass along this knowledge to their children, continuing the legacy of glorifying God throughout the generations.

Broken into small bites through the month of February, this almanack is a great way to breathe newness into your homeschool this winter. I highly recommend grabbing a copy of this instant download at Currclick.com right away.

To learn more about products available from Classical Astronomy, click HERE.

To read what my fellow TOS Crew members had to say about The Celestial Almanack, Volume 2 (February) click HERE.

As always, I received this product free of charge for review purposes.

Happy Sky Watching!

Day 153 done :)

Jan L. Burt

www.SavanasClayCreations.com

P.S. -
If the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl, I will have a HUGE sale on my Bible study starting Monday, February 6th (in honor of my son who is a HUGE Patriots fan).
www.HomeschoolingMothersBibleStudy.com

Thursday, February 2, 2012

What Books Do You Love to Read Again and Again?

Some books are hard to finish; others you can't put down. And then there are those you find yourself returning to again and again. I'm going to name some books that I read and read and then read once more. Then I want you to tell me what books you truly love to read again and again.

# 1 - The Four Feathers by A.E.W. Mason. Yes, I have mentioned this book before but I have to mention it again. It's a terrific book and please don't skip reading it if you've seen the move adaptation - the book is SO MUCH BETTER! Seriously, I read this book at least once a year. Hands down, my absolute favorite piece of fiction.

# 2 - The Terrible Hours by Peter Maas. When our kids were little, I always read aloud on lengthy road trips. There was a book I would read to them (something like Holes or Farmer Boy) and there was a book I would read aloud to my husband (usually at night when the kids were asleep but we were still on the road). I grabbed this book at a WalMart somewhere on a trip years ago, and let me tell you it was a find! It is the true story of "Swede" Momsen and the most amazing submarine rescue in history. Gripping, well written, engaging from start to finish. I return to this book often when I just can't seem to find anything to read, and I never tire of it.

# 3 - Each year I read Todd Wilson's book Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe. It's amazing how doubt and subtle falsehoods seep into my mind over the course of time. Todd's book is always relevant, and helps me focus on the big picture. It's a great book for any mom who homeschools.

# 4 - Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Yes, it's a classic that everyone has heard of. But surprisingly, not everyone has read this fantastic book. Read it aloud to your kids as a part of literature, or assign it to your older students. Pretty soon they'll be telling you how amazing it is and you'll find yourself borrowing it from them and reading into the night!

# 5 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I really think this is Dumas' best work. Of course, my 19-year-old son thinks The Man in the Iron Mask and The Three Musketeers are Dumas' cream of the crop, but we agree to disagree. (Truthfully, The Man in the Iron Mask is so engaging from page 1 that I almost like it as much as Monte Cristo...but don't tell Gage I said that!). Each of these books has a historical setting that makes them seem plausible, and even reluctant readers could find themselves drawn in.

My disclaimer is the same as always - I do not presume to endorse books for children or teens (moms and dads get to decide what's best for their family). I'm just sharing some of my favorite books to read over and over again.

I can't wait to read the books you love to read. Please leave a comment and I'll make my library list :)

As most of you know, Google Friend Connect is soon going the way of the Dodo bird...watch for a post from me very soon about making some changes in that arena.

Day 152 done :)

Jan L. Burt

www.HomeschoolingMothersBibleStudy.com
www.SavanasClayCreations.com