Ishtar’s Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent

The fourth in the series of Advent books by Arnold Ytreeide following: Jotham’s Journey, Tabitha’s Travel’s, and Bartholomew’s Passage. Each night throughout Advent, the stories build momentum culminating at the manger in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Join the adventure in Ishtar’s Odyssey. Ishtar is a ten-year-old son of a wise man. His father and uncles convince …

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Reading through the Holidays

So many of my favorite home school memories involve reading good books aloud. For many years we began our days with me reading both devotional books and historical fiction to the children and ending the days with Daddy reading classics to all of us. When the books were riveting, the children often persuaded me to …

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Mouse’s Christmas Gift

Review by children's book author, Laura Ann Miller. I love the Christmas season. The decorations, the songs, the food, the family traditions, and all the Christmas picture books! I keep a collection of them. The Christmas picture books were one of my favorite things to bring out at Christmas time and read with my kids when …

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The Mysterious Benedict Society

Trenton Lee Stewart has written a clever trilogy about four exceptionally gifted children chosen to save the world. Many children responded to Mr.Benedict's advertisement for "gifted children looking for special opportunities" but only Reynie Muldoon, George "Sticky" Washington, Kate Wetherall, pass the strange tests and are chosen. The three of them are joined by Constance …

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Jane Eyre and The Eyre Affair

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is a classic in British literature. Bronte creates vivid scenes and pathetic characters drawing us immediately into 18th century England. Jane is a lonely orphan, mistreated by her closest relatives. She's sent to a dismal boarding school where the abuse continues. Nevertheless, Jane finds a couple of friends who encourage …

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