Review: Les Miserables

Les Miserables
Les Miserables by Monica Kulling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a good retelling of the fantastic story of redemption and forgiveness that is Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables.” It got the main plot across so that children can understand and appreciate the stage show and the original book as they grow up.

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Review: The Rush Revere Series

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims by Rush Limbaugh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We have really enjoyed going on historical time-traveling adventures with Rush Revere and Liberty. We have read/listened to the first three books in this series as a supplement to our history. We are looking forward to beginning the fourth book very soon.

Four books are in this series so far, and I hope there will be many more:

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
Rush Revere and the First Patriots
Rush Revere and the American Revolution
Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner

My children love these books. It is fun to be a part of the story, since Rush Revere and Liberty make the history come to life. They meet historical figures, take part in historical events, and also deal with friendship and family issues.

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Review: Moby-Dick

Moby-Dick
Moby-Dick by Kathleen Olmstead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a well done abridgment. It had excitement and kept some of the biblical allusions. It had interesting explanations of the old whaling profession, but also showed Ishmael’s wonder and awe of the whales the Pequod encountered. This children’s version showed us Ahab’s obsession with Moby-Dick and the consequences of it.

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Review: Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables by Kathleen Olmstead

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a good abridgment of the original book. Of course, it cut many details to fit within 150 pages, but the main points of the story were all there. Anne’s character is still as lovable and spunky in this shortened version. Our children loved Anne and I’m sure they will love reading the full novel in the future.

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Review: Who Was King Tut?

Who Was King Tut?
Who Was King Tut? by Roberta Edwards
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first “Who Was…” book that we’ve read. If the other books in the series are similar then I think we would enjoy them.

This particular book tells about Ancient Egypt and the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. It has interesting illustrations that look hand-drawn. The book is broken down into chapters of reasonable length. An elementary school age child could read these books on his own if he is a pretty good reader.

I look forward to reading more from the “Who Was…” series with my children.

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Review: The Story of King Arthur & His Knights

The Story of King Arthur & His Knights
The Story of King Arthur & His Knights by Tania Zamorsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book provided a good introduction to King Arthur and stories and him and the Knights of the Round Table. The knights are noble men of courage and honor. The moral at the end of the book is fabulous and provides a good teaching tool for encouraging your children to do their work even when the task is unappealing.

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