Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hot Summer Days and a Ship-wrecked Family



When I was a child, one of my favorite movies was the original Swiss Family Robinson, produced by Disney. I loved the tree house and the story, the victory over the pirates using some very creative defense systems, and the lovely way that they were rescued “just in time.”

When we started homeschooling, I began looking for some interesting family read-aloud titles for our crew. We were living in Florida, and the summer days were oh-so-HOT! One of my most memorable picks has to be the novel, Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann David Wyss. The book was so much better than the movie! As we moved through this fascinating book, one chapter a day, we were all enthralled. From the massive snake to the cave to so many other thrilling adventures, we became hooked on this great book, as well as the fun of reading good books as a family. 
 The Heroes of Today series introduce children to the adventures and challenges of heroes like David Livingstone, Mary Slessor, Eli Whitney, Robert Fulton, Charles Goodyear, John Paul Jones, Lewis & Clark, Dolly Madison, and many others. These stories capture their imagination, while reinforcing important character traits: courage, ambition, perseverance, humility, caring for others, responsibility, faith, conviction, and more. 

Try them some hot day this summer, and let me know what you think.  Heroes of Today -let your children meet these people, savor their stories, and learn from their trials and tribulations. I have a feeling that the whole family will learn from these stories--I know that we did!

Amanda B.

PS -  Each title is just $7 - You get another $5 off when you purchase all 5 titles


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