Oh my goodness, this book is funny. One animal sneezes on another, and the whole farm ends up with the flu. One of our family favorites, and it is even more fun if you read the "Ah-ah-ah-choo" REALLY LOUD! We wore out one book and had to request another copy.
This entire series is good for middle to high school students learning analogies. Not only does it teach them all the different ways analogies can be constructed and how to think through which kind you are looking at, but it is an excellent way to increase their vocabulary. Two thumbs up from this homeschool mom!
As much as I want to say I loved this book like so many of my fellow homeschooling parents, I will go against the tide and say that I am not so enthralled. It is not completely without merit, (a wonderful tribute from a father about educating his remarkable, precocious, and highly-intelligent daughters) but I find the author's style a little too self-congratulatory. I discovered much more helpful information in the list of resources at the end of each chapter than I do in the chapters themselves. Read this book as an autobiographical type book about how this family educated their children.
Wonderful - not only to learn about Paul Revere's famous ride, but to learn all the details, plus, to find out that Paul Revere's father's name was Paul, and he named a son Paul as well! We read this book and used it to compare and contrast the details with the Longfellow poem about the same event.
This book was a little disappointing. The story develops slowly and there is not much development with the characters. There is a lot of discussion about snow, white, and more snow, and more white. This is a pleasant story, good for light reading, but slow-moving.
The book explains each part of the Lord's Prayer in an age-sensitive, fun way that will delight your child. Hands-on activities and brightly-colored illustrations will make learning about prayer fun and easy.
When 12 year old Mary and 10 year old Jean float away from a sinking ship, accompanied by a boat full of babies, it looks doubtful that any of them will survive. But these sisters are not easily discouraged, and when they run aground on a deserted island, they wonder if they will ever get back to civilization. A charming book, with enough suspense to create the "I can't put this book down" feeling for a young reader, and is entertaining with enough humor to make this a favorite for eight to twelve year old children. My daughter and I really enjoyed this one!
This is the fascinating story of a lock of hair, snipped from the head of Beethoven soon after his death by a teenage musician. "How can hair be that interesting?" you might ask! I wondered the same thing. How the hair ends up sold at auction in 1995 requires a journey through history, two world wars, a remarkable little town in Denmark, and several generations of people. The organization of the book switches from Beethoven's day to modern day, then back in time again, then forward again. Because of this writing style, sometimes the author repeats himself, but I think he just wants to make sure you are "connecting all the dots." The story and details in this book are very interesting, and I am now motivated to read more books about Beethoven, as well as the young musician who snipped the lock of hair.
The civil war is not my favorite thing to read about. This is the FIRST book I think I've ever read that was interesting that is about things that went on during that dreadful time. To think that as many as four hundred women did this exact thing during the civil war is amazing. The story flowed well, was not overbearing or depressing.