Friday, October 26, 2007

Christmas Finds

Well, it has been a few days since posting and that would be because we have had a wild week of sickness. Ick City! I *think* we are coming out of it. I sincerely hope so! God was gracious to us in that we did not have a terrible time of it, but there was a barking cough scare this AM that turned out to be croup. Who knew a seven year-old could get croup? Always something new to learn! :+) Praise God for health!

The rest of this entry cannot be read by anyone with my last name. :+)

That means you, Hannah and Abigail! :+)

Read no further or be sad sad sad come Christmas morning. :+)

Our family has for years made books a big part of our Christmas. Each child usually gets a stack of books as their own along with another gift for fun and a full stocking. I loved stockings as a child so this is something I do because I just love it.

It has gotten harder and harder to find books that are both interesting to the children, well written, and of solid moral fiber. I know that not all the books we read will have a Christian theme, and that is fine. There are so many more books without a Christian theme available than there are *with* them that I wanted to focus as much on that as I could this year. I think (at least I hope anyway) that I have succeeded. The books below are in no particular child order - they were just the ones lucky enough to be purchased--and now stashed away for Christmas morning. Feel free to share your thoughts!

52162: Adara Adara
By Beatrice Gormley

Adara has always longed to do the things that well-brought-up girls of her time are not supposed to do. She wants to learn to read and write--like men. And she wants the freedom to travel--like men--outside the boundaries of her sheltered life. One day she awakens to a blast of trumpets as the Israelites and Arameans battle just outside the safety of her village walls. Curious, Adara sneaks out to see the battle. Little does she know that this will be her last day of freedom for a very long time. Sold into slavery, Adara becomes a servant to General Namaan and his family and begins a remarkable journey of self-discovery, healing, and redemption--a journey that, in the end, faces her with the hardest decision of her life. For ages 9 and up.

4464X: The Treasure of Pelican Cove The Treasure of Pelican Cove
By Milly Howard

Besides Granny and Hiram, a small dog named Blackie is the best friend Jimmy has at Land's End. Hiram tells a fascinating story about a pirate called Pegleg, and before long everyone is scrambling for hidden treasure. But then there's trouble. Blackie mysteriously disappears and Jimmy is determined to find him. He discovers that Blackie's trail crosses another treasure hunter's trail. What does the man want with Blackie? Will the trail lead to treasure or danger? Ages 7-9

208116: Regina Silsby's Secret War Regina Silsby's Secret War
By Thomas J. Brodeur

Not until she reached the back gate of her father's garden did she slow her pace. Through the shrubbery she bustled and climbed the woodpile to her window. Thrusting up the sash, she tumbled through the opening, gathered up her bed sheet ladder, and banged down the pane once more. After arranging the curtains she tugged off her wig and mask. "Well, that's that," she said with a smile. "indeed?" came a voice from behind her.

Pre-Revolution Boston walks a tightrope. Will the townsfolk continue to appease the king of England, or preserve the freedoms he is bringing more and more under siege? Regina Silsby seems to have taken up arms in defense of freedom. But how can that be? She has been dead for thirty years. 248 pages, paperback. From Journey Forth.

227454: Regina Silsby's Phantom Militia Regina Silsby's Phantom Militia
By Thomas J. Brodeur

The British army's worst nightmare becomes a reality when rumors spread that the legendary ghost Regina Silsby has return to defend pre-Revolution Boston. And the situation grows even more grim for the redcoats when they begin to believe that she is not alone this time. Even the brash Major Cauldon gets nervous as he sees his ranks thinning under this well-coordinated, and apparently well-connected menace. Young adult readers will thrill at the daring feats and foibles in this magnificent sequel to Regina Silsby's Secret War. Softcover, 280 pages.

421438: Martyr of the Catacombs: A Tale of Ancient Rome Martyr of the Catacombs: A Tale of Ancient Rome
By Anonymous

This classic work describes the factual persecution that early Christians experienced as they lived out their lives in the catacombs beneath Rome. While the characters depicted are fictional, the work follows the historical sequence of Roman persecutions and accurately portrays the brutality and cruelty that early believers suffered.

0848343: The Lost Prince The Lost Prince
By Peggy Downing

Segra longs to find her parents, who have been missing since Exitorn's revolution against Emperor Immane. Brill has promised to help her, but he also wants to search for the lost prince of Exitorn. As they journey across Exitorn and beyond its borders, they encounter robbers, shipwreck, and a greedy king. But, thanks to Segra, a beautiful meladora bird named Stargull comes to their aid. This sequel to Brill of Exitorn is recommended for ages 7 to 9.

0847363: Brill of Exitorn Brill of Exitorn
By Peggy Downing

Brill's adventure in the palace of Exitorn begins when he's chosen for a high position in the governmet. Forced to leave his mother and their little farm in Grebing, Brill journeys to Palatial Island where he will serve the royal family as a companion to selfish Emprince Grossder. Brill discovers that he must keep the Emprince entertained at all times or risk being thrown to the dinogaters. This prequel to The Lost Prince is recommended for ages 7 to 9.

5765: The Tanglewoods' Secret The Tanglewoods' Secret
By Patricia St. John

In a struggle to learn to overcome her fiery temper and selfish spirit, Ruth is led to the discovery of a very important Shepherd who can and does teach her how to be good. The story contains beautiful and uplifting examples of what can happen when we let ourselves be found by Him.

628686: The Princess and the Kiss The Princess and the Kiss
By Jennie Bishop

A loving king and queen present their daughter with a gift from God--her first kiss--to keep or to give away. The wise girl waits for the man who is worthy of her precious gift. Where is he and how will she ever find him? The surprising answer in this marvelous parable will touch the heart of parent and child alike.

The Princess and the Kiss beautifully portrays the ageless message that "love ... comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith" (1 Timothy 1:5 NIV). Recommended for all ages, especially ages 6 and up.

170793: The Squire and the Scroll: A Tale of the Rewards of a Pure Heart The Squire and the Scroll: A Tale of the Rewards of a Pure Heart
By Jennie Bishop

Little girls worldwide have embraced Jennie Bishop's best-selling morality tale The Princess and the Kiss--and ever since its publication, parents have been clamoring for a companion book for boys. Here's the answer! This captivating adventure follows a young squire who travels a long, dangerous road beside his brave knight on a quest for their king. The action builds until the final face-off with the monstrous, evil dragon. Only then does the Squire learn of the secret beyond the cave that ends in a joyous celebration for the entire kingdom.

Children will gain valuable insight as they learn, along with the young squire, what it means to face the dangers of temptation, and what it takes to guard one's heart from all that is impure. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

690781: The Lightlings The Lightlings
By R.C. Sproul, illustrated by Justin Gerard

In The Lightlings, Dr. R.C. Sproul weaves an allegorical tale that captures the essence of the biblical story of redemption in a manner that will fascinate and delight children. A race of tiny beings known as lightlings represent humanity as they pass through all the stages of the biblical drama--creation, fall, and redemption. In the end, children will understand why some people fear light more than darkness, but why they need never fear darkness again. With richly detailed illustrations by Justin Gerard, this picture book also has discussion questions and Scripture references that will help parents guide children into the deeper meaning of the story. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

56334: The True Princess The True Princess
By Angela Elwell Hunt, illustrated by Diana Magnuson

Once upon a time, a king embarked on a journey. Before he left, he hid his precious daughter in a bakery shop. She soon discovered that life outside the castle was different. Would she learn to care for others? A wonderful tale about a child who realized that a true princess serves her people and God. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

37019X: The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow
By Allen French

After Hiarandi is unjustly slain, his sixteen-year-old son Rolf is made outlaw by the same murderous neighbors. Rolf flees Iceland with his faithful cousin Frodi, only to be enslaved in the Orkneys by proud Grani. However, when the marauding baresarks arrive, master and slave alike must fight for their lives-and Rolf is the only man who can string the mighty Viking bow. Allen French's tale of Iceland told in the classic saga form, is an exciting story of Christian versus pagan values, forgiveness versus pride. The way Rolf comes to terms with his enemies in the face of injustice creates a suspenseful, thought-provoking book dificult to put down. By the author of "The Red Keep". Ages 10 and up.

200043: The Escape: The Adventures of Three Huguenot Children Fleeing Persecution The Escape: The Adventures of Three Huguenot Children Fleeing Persecution
By A. VanderJagt

A tale of the Huguenots in 1685-1695, for readers age 12-99, this tells of a family who endures tough times. The mother dies, early in the story, and the father is banished to a slave galley for life on a war ship. In spite of threats and punishment, 16-year-old John and his 10-year-old sister Manette, refuse to give up the faith they have been taught.

40991: The Tinker's Daughter: A Story Based on the Life of Mary Bunyan The Tinker's Daughter: A Story Based on the Life of Mary Bunyan
By Wendy Lawton

John Bunyan, the author of Pilgrim's Progress, mentions only one of his six children in his memoirs--Mary. Born blind in 1650, her story still intrigues us nearly 350 years later. When her father was imprisioned for unlawful preaching, it was 10-year-old Mary who traveled the streets of Bedford each day, bringing soup to her father in prison. Mary developed a fierce determination for independence, after spending years proving that she was not hindered by her blindness. Only when she admited the she needed help did she turn to the Lord; the Source of all strength.

0843481: Bracken Trilogy #1: The Bridge Bracken Trilogy #1: The Bridge
By Jeri Massi

Princess Rosalynn is pretty, spoiled, and childish. She gives no thought to the men and women that protect her father's throne. Then one day, invaders from the enormous kingdom across the river storm across the Bridge and conquer the royal castle. Alone and in danger, Rosalynn sets out on foot to find her father. Driven by fear, she finds the Bridge and crosses it. In the enemy kingdom, she meets an unexpected friend--a woman who has discovered a secret way to save Rosalynn's kingdom. Together Rosalynn and the wise woman face enemy soldiers, wicked outlaws, and the wilds of the river on their quest to save her tiny kingdom. Their goal is the Bridge itself and the secret that it holds.

45262: Priceless Jewel at the Well: The Diary of Rebekah's Nursemaid Priceless Jewel at the Well: The Diary of Rebekah's Nursemaid
By Anne Tyra Adams

Eleven-year-old- Alisah goes to live with Rebekah to aid her aging nurse, Deborah, and raise money to support her family. Through Deborah's stories, Alisah learns of Rebekah's generous spirit and faithful love and records the details in her diary. She writes about Rebekah at the well, her travels with Isaac, and the struggle between Jacob and Esau for Isaac's blessing. Young girls will enjoy this beautiful story of following God's will, learning from mistakes, and loving completely. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

45262: Tom Watkins' Mistake Tom Watkins' Mistake
By Emma Leslie

Tom Watkins' Mistake realistically illustrates common temptations encountered by young people today. In a day of situation ethics, this relevant story speaks volumes. A brother and sister, enticed by material gain, forfeit their good reputation. A little boy realizes that true character is built by always telling the truth.

45262: Tom Watkins' Mistake Saved By Love
By Emma Leslie

Elfie is streetwise, rebellious, and a liar. She is convinced that nobody could love her because her sin is too great. She meets Susie who finally convinces her that no sin is too great for God.

Whew! In my searching and purchasing I discovered that it was *less* expensive to buy from Christian Book and pay shipping than it was to buy from Amazon with free shipping. The prices at Christian Book were just so much better. (Even *without* the coupon code I am giving you below! They were just that much better!) And here is that coupon code. I am not sure it still works, but in case you are in the buying mood, here it is: 251442AA

If you try to use it and it no longer works, please let me know. I will take if off this post. :+)

I love finding treasures! Don't you? What have you found so far in your Christmas hunt?


Copperswife said...

Such wonderful, wonderful books you've bought! Your children will be thrilled!

SuzyScribbles said...

Hey, Kate, is this your blog? I clicked over here from the HSB literary blog. I saw that cute little :+) and figured it was you. If you are NOT Kate, the TOS product manager, ignore this comment.

If you ARE Kate, "Hi!" For the first time I finally got an HSB e-mail blogging update. I never got them before, so Tia sent me one.

Come say "hi" sometime!

SuzyScribbles said...

I sent you an e-mail about the books. My second e-mail! Hope you get it. If not, consider this a "yes"!

deedeeuk said...

We have managed to finish shopping for my 5 y/o who is normally the hardest to buy for! LOL! I'm sooo pleased too! We got him some Curious George toys that he has been looking at for a year in the leaflet that comes in the DVD. We got the DVD stateside last Christmas and they just don't sell CG toys in this country. Then one of our bargain shops suddenly had all four in the set for less than the price of buying one stateside and getting it shipped! Whohoo! Then at Costco we found a drum of Tinkertoys (they don't have tinkertoys in England!) and a lovely drum of playdough toys and dough! I'm so pleased to get him things that he will have hours of fun playing with! And .... it all came within the budget we set too! Just his stocking left to do and sort out our 8 year old - who is proving harder to buy for this year! Why are boys toys and things so horrible????? They all look so evil and all superheros and stuff! Yuck! We will keep hunting! It is so much easier when we come stateside to find him things, but then we don't buy them anything that year, because the trip is their present! How ironic! Well done on your shopping, I need to check out some of those books! They sound great!

hugabunchmom said...

Not only do I love finding treasures, but I love that you SHARE yours!! And it is so awesome to get a feel for the quality of the book through your information, you are truly a fantastic resource, and I appreciate you passing the info along. I am really excited about Christmas, I guess this year I just really need the family time even more than normal.

Anonymous said...

I found a great illustrated version of "1776," which I got for Jake. He loved "1776." This is hardback, coffee table sized, full of fantastic illustrations, and loads of facsimile documents in little wax envelopes. At Costco!


Anonymous said...

We do three gifts each (like Jesus got from the wise men :o) ) something to read, something to wear and something 'fun', plus a few small items in stockings. Those look like some great books, Kate. Has your family read any Ballantyne books yet? I am wondering if my boys would enjoy them like they do Henty...


Lisa @ http://thewintons.blogspot.com

p.s.--the coupon still works, thanks! :o)

BlessingsFromAbove said...

I struggle with what to buy my kids for Christmas. With 5 kids living in my house, we absolutely do NOT have room for more toys--my house is just not big enough! Plus, I don't want them to think life is all about "ownership" and "possessions." This year, I thought I would try one big gift for each, and then some "books." I might just have to try some of your books! Thanks for taking the time for such an informative book review.

BTW to Lisa--we ordered some Ballantyne books from Vision Forum. My 9 year old boy LOVES them. I also have some Henty books, but he hasn't had a chance to read them yet. Vision Forum always has either a free shipping or a discount period close to Christmas--I can't remember which it is.