Coming in February: Midnight Teacher by Janet Halfmann

Halfmann tells the powerful story of Lily Ann Granderson, an enslaved woman who “believed the path to freedom was through education.” Ladd’s rich, naturalistic acrylic-and-pencil images depict Granderson’s upbringing in Kentucky, where she learned to read and write in secret, then shared her knowledge with other children. As an enslaved adult in Mississippi, Granderson risked punishment by holding night classes in an empty cabin: “Landowners feared that if the enslaved could read, they would discover that some northerners wanted slavery abolished.” After the school is discovered, Granderson is shocked to learn that she won’t be punished (Halfmann speculates about why she might have escaped punishment in an afterword) and reopens her school, teaching as a free woman for many more years. The painful but uplifting narrative may spark readers’ curiosity about other enslaved individuals whose stories have not yet been told.

Age Range: 7 – 11 years
Grade Level: 3 – 4
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Lee & Low Books; Illustrated edition (February 6, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620141639
ISBN-13: 978-1620141632

Pre-order from Amazon or other online retailers.

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New from Guardian Angel Publishing

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In 1940 World War II was apparent, so Ed Trettin enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, serving on the cutter the USS Ingham. He would travel over 700,000 miles on that most decorated vessel in the Coast Guard fleet. Little did he know that by following orders “seek and destroy” all subs who would be following the convoys and to “search and rescue” survivors would lead him decades later to one man he had pulled from the icy Atlantic. After all he had rescued many, many men from sunken ships during the war.

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Chickolet Pigolet’s family wins the Crumbles Cookie jingle contest and an all exclusive trip to Hollywood, California. Everyone wants to be a star in Hollywood whether it’s appearing on a popular game show, writing the next screen play hit, or trying on the foot prints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Chickolet Pigolet dreams of becoming the next afternoon matinEe idol, but learns sometimes being a good friend can make you more than just a Hollywood star.

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Crow the rooster is an eyewitness the night Peter denied Jesus, but no one has ever heard his account of the story until now. When Crow and his barnyard buddies travel to Jesus’ tomb and discover Jesus has risen from the dead, “Halle Doodle Do Yas” fill the air. Crow finally has something to crow about.!

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Shelby Bradshaw seizes an opportunity to skip fifth grade for all the wrong reasons. She expects to escape the teasing she suffered all last year for being the biggest girl in her class. But her problems follow her, growing even more difficult when she tries to act older than she is.

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Coby Ryan Harris is Officially Fat! is an inspiring novel about a smart and funny seventh-grade boy who overcomes the challenges of childhood obesity, bullying, girls, and divorce. Teen-friendly recipes are included along with healthy tips and a discussion with a licensed psychologist.

 

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Children on the farm have the experience of a lifetime when they rescue a tiny hungry kitten and discover how cats behave. The children learn about farm life, being responsible, reacting to a need, and the joy of having a pet..

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Ten-year-old Macy is waiting for her grandparents to arrive on Thanksgiving. When the front door swings open, Grandma and Grandpa are covered with hugs and kisses. Crash! Everyone rushes in to find the dog gnawing a meaty turkey leg. Can Macy’s quick thinking save dinner?

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Squirrel Superhighway features a dog on a self-discovery mission who is surrounded by many graceful squirrels. This is a vocabulary booster in a series of feel-good stories for children of all ages and those who read with and to them. The story includes squirrels, more squirrels, even more squirrels, and a dog who wants to be a squirrel!

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How did we ever learn to speak English with so many exceptions to the rules? Once, Twice, Thrice is a loving and humorous look at a father trying to explain plurals to his child. Names of groups of animals to learn about, too.

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Three unlikely young friends in ancient Judea – Louis the sheep, Joshua the ferret and Mahmoud the bull – embark on a life-changing adventure to Bethlehem. Can they make it in time to deliver their unique gifts to the newborn King, or will Herod’s evil wolf stop them and alter history forever?

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Phillip, our little honey guide, is the story of a real baby who was abandoned in Arusha, Tanzania and rescued by Neema House. The baby, Phillip, was named for Phillip Wood who was the only American on Malaysian flight 370 that went down in the Indian Ocean on March 23, 2014. Phillip’s story is a happy honey guide bird, leading a honey badger to a honey tree and loses his way home.

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Scott’s friends say there is no Santa Claus. When he wants to know if Santa is real, Mom invites him into the circle of those who keep the dream alive. Will Scott decide to be a Dream Keeper?

For these and more books from Guardian Angel Publishing, visit http://guardianangelpublishing.com.

Asia: Its People and History by Bonnie Rose Hudson

asiaFilled with stories, activities, and tons of information, Asia: Its People and History by Bonnie Rose Hudson is a wonderful resource for Christian parents seeking to introduce their children to the people of Asia and the wealth of history about the area.

With her desire to bring history to life, Hudson has created a phenomenal, engaging, and informative resource designed for children ages 8 to 12. The curriculum is divided into sixteen weeks that can be stretched or compressed to best fit your schedule. Each section contains a story, discussion questions, and activities to make learning come alive. Links to downloadable information make it easy to find what you’re looking for more of. After the Answer Key, you’ll find a list of resources that includes suggested reading, in addition to a special free offer from the author. I plan to share my copy with a homeschooling mom I know.

This curriculum will inspire children to learn more. Highly recommended.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Print length: 95 pages
Publisher: Bonnie Rose Hudson
Language: English
ISBN: 9781496041258

You can purchase a paperback or digital copy of this book from the author’s website at http://writebonnierose.com/products/ or the Kindle version at Amazon.

I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

The First Christmas by Janice D. Green

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Help your children prepare for their hearts for Jesus with The First Christmas by Janice D. Green.

Beautifully told and stunningly illustrated, The First Christmas tells the story of Christ’s miraculous birth. Each page in this wonderful book starts by sharing what transpired in Biblical times, followed by a short series of questions posed to young readers to help connect them to what happened thousands of years before they were born. One example is when the author is sharing the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth. The questions below the Biblical story read, “If someone told you a very old lady was going to have a baby, would you believe it? How do you think Zechariah told his wife about the angel’s message without talking?”

What a perfect way to make young people feel like part of that very first Christmas. Even more so when you give them a wonderful family activity to enjoy afterwards, like this book does.

Green teamed up with internationally published illustrator Violet Vandor for this story. I hope to see them work together again, as the colors Vandor chose are beautiful and she captures the emotions of all the characters–human and animal–so well.

The First Christmas by Janice D. Green is a special treasure that your family will want to read time and again.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Honeycomb Adventures Press, LLc (June 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983680825
ISBN-13: 978-0983680826

I received an electronic copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

The Torchlighters Biography Series: Corrie ten Boom by Kaylena Radcliff

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From the Christian History Institute comes a biography from their Heroes of the Faith line. Corrie ten Boom and her family are watchmakers in Holland. When World War II erupts, Hitler’s army takes over their country and begins rounding up their Jewish neighbors. Read the story of how one family stood strong in faith against a great evil.

Recommended for ages 8 – 12, this biography shares the life of Corrie ten Boom, her sister, Betsie, and their father who hid Jewish people from the Nazi army during World War II. They would end up arrested, some going to concentration camps, and Corrie struggled to hold onto her faith in such darkness. Her amazing story is shared in this biography that is accompanied by historical photographs, illustrations that match the artwork from the associated DVD, interesting facts about the Netherlands, a timeline and a glossary of terms.

My daughter and I watched the DVD together. In spots, I had some difficulty understanding what the characters were saying, but overall the sound quality is good. Some of the images–though animated–might be disturbing for the youngest viewers; like the scene of the Nazis banging on doors with the butts of their guns and yanking people out onto the streets. Betsie is beaten with a club by a German guard in the camp and an ill-mannered nurse informs Corrie when she comes to see her sister that she is “in there with the other dead bodies.” Female prisoners are seen being carted off in trucks to the gas chambers; but while Corrie looks upon the gas chambers, it is not made apparent to young viewers what is going on there. So there is definitely historical accuracy worked into this production.

This is a moving story that will remind readers/viewers of the power of forgiveness and how leaning on faith can bring you through adversity. I am glad to add this book and DVD to our home library. It would also make a fabulous addition to a church library.

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The Torchlighters Biography Series: Corrie ten Boom
Author: Kaylena Radcliff
Paperback: 85 pages
Publisher: Christian History Institute (May 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1563648733
ISBN-13: 978-1563648731
List price: $9.99

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Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Vision Video
DVD Release Date: October 25, 2013
Run Time: 34 minutes

I received a copy of this book and DVD from the Christian History Institute. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

 

This post first appeared at the Christian Children’s Authors blog.

At the Beach

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We’re taking a two week break to rest and relax on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I brought some books with me, as is my usual practice. Only one of them ended up being for the youth market.

Corrie ten Boom and her family are watchmakers in Haarlem, Holland, where they give what little they have to spread God’s love and help others. But everything changes when World War II erupts and Hitler’s army takes over their country. As the Nazis round up Corrie’s Jewish neighbors and send them to deadly concentration camps, she knows that something must be done to stop them. But what can one small family do in the face of such great evil?

Read the amazing true story of Corrie ten Boom, a Torchlighter® hero of the faith, and discover how her obedience to God saved lives and continues to inspire others today.

Paperback: 85 pages
Publisher: Christian History Institute (May 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1563648733
ISBN-13: 978-1563648731

My hope is to blog a few times while we’re away, so don’t go far.

Seven Miles to Freedom by Janet Halfmann

So engaging it could be fiction, Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story by Janet Halfmann should be in American classrooms everywhere.

The story of Robert Smalls begins in 1939 with his birth into slavery in Charleston, South Carolina. A favored servant, Smalls has a decent life for a slave, but he witnesses firsthand the cruelty of this Peculiar Institution. As he grows from child into man, Smalls falls in love and longs for freedom for him and his family. Seven Miles to Freedom shares how he leads a plot to steal a Confederate steamboat and pilots it into Union held territory.

What a fascinating story! My Civil War collection is the most extensive in my home library. I have numerous non-fiction titles about a variety of topics on the War between the States. I will proudly add Seven Miles to Freedom by Janet Halfmann to my collection.

Having enjoyed Halfmann’s Good Night, Little Sea Otter and Fur and Feathers, I knew the writing would be superb; but it can be difficult to make history interesting for young readers. Halfmann makes it look easy. It’s a true historical action adventure on the Atlantic. I wasn’t sure how I would like the impressionistic artwork for this book, but in the end I decided that Duane Smith’s creations were the perfect complement to the story. His style allows the reader to imagine this being any African-American slave’s story. Granted it is Smalls’s story, but the fact remains there were many brave African-Americans who helped the Union win the Civil War.

It’s no wonder that Seven Miles to Freedom has won so many honors and awards.  If you want to teach your children history in an engaging manner, you’ll want to pick up a copy of this one.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Lee & Low Books
  • ISBN-10:9781600602320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600602320
  • SRP:  $17.95

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation to provide this review.