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Voyage with the Vikings (Imagination Station #1)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  227 ratings  ·  53 reviews
While visiting Mr. Whittaker at Whit's Soda Shoppe, Beth and Patrick find a mysterious letter in the Imagination Station requesting a Viking sunstone. The letter is old and says that someone named Albert will be imprisoned if the sunstone isn't found. Mr. Whittaker sends cousins Patrick and Beth to Greenland circa 1000. On their quest for the sunstone, the cousins meet Vik ...more
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Published January 11th 2012 by Focus on the Family Publishing (first published March 1st 2011)
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Bluerose's  Heart
We're officially homeschooling Grasshopper(5, almost 6) now, and I'm looking for gentle ways to add history lessons into his days. (We're mainly using History Stories for Children, as a Charlotte Mason recommendation, but I'd like to teach/learn about other people/places/time periods, too.) I've read one of the books in the Imagination Station series in the past, and I thought I remembered it having a little history lesson intertwined in the story. Since I had access to the first 3 books, and th ...more
Natalie
For what it is, I liked this book okay. It's the first book in a series about two children who travel around in the Imagination Station. It has a Magic Tree House #1-4 feel, but the story isn't held together as well. (And I don't like Patrick and Beth as well as Jack and Annie.) Patrick and Beth are sent back to Viking times in search of a Sunstone. They meet Erik the Read and Leif Eriksson. Leif has converted to Christianity so he is portrayed as kindly and nice, whereas Erik the Red still beli ...more
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Chris’s Rating: 3 Stars
Patrick and Beth (cousins) are visiting Whit’s End, where they enter the imagination station and travel back in time to meet Eric the Red and his Son Leif Ericson. The kids are in search of a Viking Sun Stone…but they don’t know exactly what that is. They will have to be wary among these Vikings; because while Leif respects the children as Christians, Eric wants nothing more than to make them his slaves.
This is the start to The Imaginati
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Louise Pearson
This is the first of many adventures that Beth and Patrick have thanks to Mr. Whittaker’s imagination station machine. Although on this particular day Mr. Whittaker can’t get the machine to work for him, it did work for Beth and Patrick taking them back in time to visit a Viking ship. Mr. Whittaker provides the two with appropriate clothes for the time as well as giving Beth a chess set and Patrick a cape. He also asks them to bring him a Viking Sunstone so they can save Albert. Suddenly the two ...more
Celena Janton
Anything by Adventures in Odyssey and Focus on the Family has got to be good, I thought, and this book didn't disappoint! The Imagination Station series is above my daughters' reading level (all 3 are in 1st grade) but I often read books like this to them during our home school class time.

We just finished reading "The Reluctant Dragon" (which I also highly recommend) and this book was next on the shelf. "Voyage With the Vikings" grabbed our interest from the first. I love History as much as I l
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Amanda
Voyage with the Vikings is the first book in the Imagination Station series. The imagination station is a time machine that a local inventor has at his workshop. The machine transports the children back in time to Greenland in the year 1000 during the time of the Vikings. They learn a lot as they work together to find a mysterious item called the sandstone that they must retrieve before going back home. The book shows how doing the right thing may be hard, but it is always the right choice. The ...more
Deb
I am always looking for good fun books that kids will enjoy and want to read and with this book Voyage with the Vikings The Imagination Station book 1 by Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker I have found just that. It is also a series so it will keep your kids busy reading for awhile. I like the fact that the book has adventure, history and is a Christian book that you don't have to worry about kids reading. I think the kids will love the adventure and not even realize they might be learning about ...more
Rachel Mingle
The Imagination Station Series takes the story of Mr. Whittaker and the Imagination Station from Adventures in Odyssey to the next level. The book follows two cousins, Beth and Patrick on their own adventure in the Imagination Station back to the time of the Vikings. They meet Erik the Red and his son Leif Eriksson, learn a little about the Vikings and finally find the sunstone. When they finally arrive back at Whit's End the clue for the next adventure appears. This is the perfect adventure boo ...more
Shazzer
Decent Christian version of The Magic Tree House series.
Brooke (i blog 4 books)
Voyage with the Vikings is the first in a series of books featuring the Imagination Station. With time travel, history lessons, adventure, and two precocious kids, this book is a lot of fun! Geared toward elementary age students, cousins travel back in time to meet the Vikings. Readers learn about Eric the Red and his son Leif and get a glimpse at the challenge of being a Christian among the Vikings. The end of this book sets up the next in the series perfectly. I will definitely recommend these ...more
Ruth Sophia
Good start to the series

An enjoyable start to this newest Imagination Station series from Focus on the Family. I like that this series (& book) teaches good lessons while also introducing readers to historical figures of importance along with the time in which they lived - and that they include some lesser well known figure, not just the "standard" ones. This is a good book for young elementary school children containing simple vocabulary, larger type, and many illustrations. It is also an e
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Danielle
An adventure awaits Patrick and Beth as they step inside the mysterious time traveling machine called "The Imagination Station." From the days of the Vikings to Ancient Rome, each place holds an education that is more exciting than any read in a normal history book. Patrick and Beth are chased by tigers, fight with Vikings and learn that there is more to accomplishing a task than simply setting out on a quest. Each will learn to rely on each other, about the time and place they visit and possibl ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Voyage with the Vikings by Paul McCusker & Marianne Hering is the first book in the Imagination Station series from Adventures in Odyssey. The Imagination Station was created by Mr. Whittaker who runs a soda shop called Whit's End. It's a bit like a time machine, but Whit is having troubles with it. It won't work for him, but when cousins Paul and Beth step inside, it lights up, ready for a mission. And they have somewhere important to go: a mysterious Albert is threatened by Lord Darkthorn, ...more
Sarah
My children enjoy Adventures in Odyssey so when I had the chance to review The Imagination Station Book 1 I had to take it. This book is recommended for ages 7 and up however I did read it to my 4 and 6 year old as well as my 9 year old. All of them, including me, enjoyed it – I had to finish it in one day we were all so caught up in the story! Now, having said that, my 9 year old would have found this a too easy of a read if she had read this by herself as she is reading on an almost middle sch ...more
Faye
A perfect read for your young Adventures in Odyssey fan!

Patrick and Beth stumble across a letter in Mr. Whattaker's Imagination Station threatening to imprision a mysteryious Albert if the sunstone is not found and delievered. Beth and Patrick embark on a rescue mission to find the sunstone and save Albert!

As a church library assistant, I like to keep my eyes out for great children's books with both a sound message and lots of adventure, and these books make the cut. I love how they learn lesson
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Abbie Riddle
Wonderful chapter reader for children! If your children like the Adventure in Odyssey series they will love this book of adventure and excitement. Children are quickly drawn into a lively tale of viking adventures. They meet Leif Erikson and are set out on a mission to fine a sunstone before he sets sail with the Imagination Station on board - will they make it? The story is well-written and easy to read. My oldest boy was so excited to receive it in the mail and could not wait to begin reading. ...more
Tina Peterson
Mr Whitaker has done it again! For years he has been tinkering on the Imagination Station and sharing it with kids of all ages in his Ice Cream Shop Whit's End! Now kids 7 and Up can take a ride on The Imagination Station since a series for younger kids has been released, starting with "Voyage With The Vikings" and "Attack At The Arena".

Written for early readers, ages 7 and up, the new series features the virtual reality device, the Imagination Station, which is one of the major plot devices us
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Barbara Ann
This is the first book in a series combining fantasy, history, adventure with Christian values. The books are sponsored by Focus on the Family based on the Adventures in Odyssey radio broadcasts. They are early chapter books marketed for ages seven and up, but the text is large font and vocabulary not too difficult making them easily understood by a child a bit younger. There are a few black and white simple illustrations assisting a younger reader to grasp story references and providing more in ...more
Meagan
This is a kids book about two children that travel back in time in a time machine built for a school fair. They time travel mulitiple times and go on many adventures. Their mission is to retrieve a sun stone to help someone else. Along the way they learn about the vikings and their culture.

My ten year old liked the concept of time machines and how it tied into the school fair. He found it funny that the kids dressed up in viking costumes so when they traveled back in time they could blend in.

My
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Beth Anne
Read aloud to Emma and Will. Similar to the magic tree house books, but using the Imagination Station to go back in time and have to find an special object. Kids loved that it was set in Odyssey, and thanks to school already knew a little about Erik the Red and Lied Erikson. A good length (just over 100 pg) for stretching Will, and good illustrations. Not the best writing (from others books I read by Paul McCusker) but more substantial than MTH also. Christianity woven throughout nicely as well. ...more
Shelley
I read this book to my nine year old boys who enjoyed the storyline very much. A boy and a girl travelling through history, trying to complete a task to help someone is an interesting plot. However, I had to do a lot of combining of sentences and substituting words to make it more fluid and interesting as the reading level is quite low for the recommended age group, with heavy repetition of very simple words and three word sentences
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Kris
Beth and her cousin Patrick get to take a trip in the Imagination Station to see some Vikings. They end up in Greenland and meet Erick the Red and his son Leif. They learn about how some Vikings were Christians but others worshiped Norse gods. They also learned how the Vikings marked the seasons with a sunstone. Very fun way for kids to learn history!
Liz
Voyage with the Vikings is an Adventure in Odyssey Imagination Station adventure to teach about how we would treat our enemies with a bit of history of Leif Erikson. I found it to be highly similar to "The Magic Tree-house Adventures" It was a fun read & would open good dialogues between parents & kids about behavior & what it means to be a Christian.
Amy
Voyage with the Vikings is the start of the Imagination Station series. Cousins Patrick and Beth go back in time to meet vikings, including Erik the Red. Erik and son, Leif argue about Christianity. Patrick teaches Erik the power of kindness.
I love this series. It's a great way to teach children good values.
5 stars.
Brenten Gilbert
Read this as part of the Tyndale Summer Reading program and because my son (9), who has a summer reading challenge of his own, checked it out of the library. It's a bit below his reading level (and, for an adult shouldn't take more than about an hour to fully digest), but there are some nice moments of adventure, intrigue, and action.

Essentially, the Imagination Station is a time machine and our two main characters are kids, so the book is a bit reminiscent of a Magic Tree House book minus the
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Joy Strickland
This books book is geared for young children although I enjoyed it myself. It was a great way to introduce Vikings to kids and have them want to learn more. It was also a creative use of using your imagination. I will defiantly be reading this to my children.
Michelle
Finally! I read the first book almost last. My library had to order all of the books in and they couldn't get this book in until just now. I loved this book, as I have this series. I think I might end up buying the entire set for my nephew.

This book introduces Beth and Patrick and takes them on their first trip in the Imagination Station. They land on a Viking ship and come very close to a polar bear. After meeting Leif and Erik the Red the two discover what life was like during that time and h
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Heather
I read this aloud to my two oldest boys, ages 7 and 8. Honestly, I got into the book right away and wanted to finish it at a faster pace than they did. They were slower to get into it and were content to only read one chapter at a time. They would probably rate it 3 stars.
I'm giving it 5 stars for the following reasons:
•I really did enjoy the story.
•It caused me to research Leif the Viking to see how much of the story was true. I love learning!
•My boys connected with the story.
•It portrayed a
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Ellen
Focus on the Family and Tyndale have launched a series intentionally patterned for fans of the Magic Tree House series with a Christian worldview and this first volume was a success. Using the familiar Adventures in Odyssey backdrop and Mr. Whittaker's Imagination Station as the vehicle for time travel, two young cousins venture back to the days of Erik the Red, Lief Eriksson and the Vikings. It is written for a slightly lower grade level than Magic Tree House so the plot and Christian content a ...more
Angela
Read Aloud at bedtime with the girls. They liked the adventure and look forward to seeing what happens next.
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Marianne Hering is a prolific writer, having written hundreds of articles and a number of books for children and parents. For nine years she worked for several magazines in Focus on the Family’s periodicals department and became the editor of Clubhouse, a Focus on the Family children’s magazine with a circulation of over 100,000.

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