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The English Governess at the Siamese Court: The True Story Behind 'The King and I'
I read this book a few years ago. I enjoyed it, though i had some reservations about it's accuracy. It is a well written memoir, but such work is only ...more
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May 25, 2008
Broken on the Back Row: A Journey Through Grace and Forgiveness
I read this book because I was angry. Sandi Patty was my first exposure to Christian music outside of church, and I was captivated by the contemporary ...more
Jan 2005
May 08, 2008
George Whitefield: Voice That Woke the World
This is a tricky review. The story of George Whitefield is interesting and inspiring, and it is a joy to share it with our children.

However, the writ
May 02, 2014
Apr 26, 2014
Leaving Cold Sassy: The Unfinished Sequel to Cold Sassy Tree
This book is half fiction, half biography.

The fiction consists of the unfinished sequel that Olive Ann Burns wrote, but was unable to finish before he
Jun 20, 2008
Jun 03, 2008
Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
An easier read than I expected, the cold, hard, truth is told in this biography without sensation. Documenting the struggles of his (South) Korean fam ...more
Mar 31, 2008
Mar 22, 2008
Cereal Tycoon: Harry Parsons Crowell Founder of the Quaker Oats Co.
This would be a great book for a business graduate, or anyone interested in business. It tells the story of Henry Parsons Crowell, a man who was gifte ...more
Jun 03, 2008
Jun 03, 2008
John Owen (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)
A biography for children and adults that provides a single sitting overview of Puritan, John Owen. This is another excellent installment in Carr's ser ...more
Feb 2013
Oct 04, 2012
The Story of the Orchestra: Listen While You Learn About the Instruments, the Music and the Composers Who Wrote the Music!
This book has great ideas that are hobbled by inconsistent execution. There is too much to learn for one go at it, so we covered on chapter a day.

We a
Apr 23, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
Daniel Boone: Woodsman of Kentucky
The strength of Zronik's "Daniel Boone: Woodsman of Kentucky" is it's strong sense of setting. The student is impressed with the changes taking place ...more
Sep 2014
Oct 03, 2014
Polycarp of Smyrna (Heroes of the Faith)
There isn't a lot for kids on church fathers, so I was excited to incorporate this series "Heroes of the Faith" into our year on church history. The i ...more
Sep 09, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
Anselm of Canterbury
I have to admit, I opened this book to read it with a bit of trepidation. I love the "Christian Biographies for Young Readers" series and recommend it ...more
Oct 18, 2013
Oct 18, 2013
David Livingstone
I read this book because I was sick and needed to focus my addled mind for the day. Since I was unable to accomplish anything else, a biography writte ...more
Mar 27, 2013
Mar 27, 2013
William Carey: Bearer of Good News (Heroes for Young Readers)
Earlier in our studies of church history, we read the wonderful work of Simonetta Carr in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers Series. It has r ...more
Mar 12, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
Fine Print
How do we know about people who lived long ago? The author walks students through challenges of documenting the lives of those who lived long ago.

Nov 11, 2013
Nov 11, 2013
Sarah Morton's Day: A Day In The Life Of A Pilgrim Girl
Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy
Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl
Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in
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Nov 27, 2013
Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy
Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy
Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl
Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in
Nov 29, 2013
Nov 27, 2013
William Bradford: Pilgrim Boy
The first chapters are encumbered by a belabored comparison of the Bradford family's shepherding to the Good Shepherd, Jesus, and this cost the book a ...more
Nov 2013
Dec 09, 2013
Foxe's Book of Martyrs
Some day, I really will finish this book. Really, I will. I think i've started it 3, maybe 4, times. I think the caustic combination for me is the anc ...more
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Apr 12, 2008
Tales of Persia: Missionary Stories from Islamic Iran
Have you ever read James Herriot's Treasury for Children? "Tales from Persia" by William McElwee Miller reminded me of Herriot's wholesome, simple, so ...more
May 17, 2014
May 13, 2014
Not in Front of the Corgis: Secrets of Life Behind the Royal Curtains
This is a somewhat enlightening, discreet coverage of the Royal Family. That has three failings:

1) The subtitle: "Secrets of Life Behind the Royal Cur
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 24, 2013
Alabaster Doves: True Stories of Women Whose Lives Were Characterized by Strength and Gentleness
It's hard to be a Christian feminist. How do you elevate woman to a satisfying place of irreproachable significance without diminishing or destroying ...more
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Mar 27, 2013
I am increasingly impressed with Diane Stanley's contribution to elementary biography. Even older, junior high students, parents and grandparents will ...more
Nov 2013
Nov 21, 2013
Ignatius Of Antioch: The Man who Faced Lions
There isn't a lot for kids on church fathers, so I was excited to incorporate this series "Heroes of the Faith" into our year on church history. The i ...more
Sep 2012
Aug 27, 2012
Catching Their Talk in a Box: The Life Story of Joy Ridderhof
Friend said, "I don't like the name, Joy. Every girl or woman I have ever known with the name Joy has been a bitter, caustic, angry person." Friend ha ...more
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May 23, 2011
There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Her Country's Children
I was sad to finish this book. If we ever do adopt from Ethiopia, which is a growing dream of mine:
1) I want to purchase a copy of this book for each
Jan 09, 2009
May 09, 2008
Trial and Triumph
In one volume, Hannula provides 46 biographies, arranged in chronological order and separated out by time period sections, that average 6 pages in len ...more
Jul 2012
May 21, 2012
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
A brilliant treatment of Luther that doesn't settle for simple caricature, but examines the complexities of this famous man from childhood to death.

Jan 2014
May 15, 2008
There are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
It's hard to say you 'really liked' a book that covers such deep suffering and conflict. This is the story of two boys and their mother, stuck in the ...more
Oct 15, 2008
Oct 08, 2008
Lady Jane Grey
This is the story of a young woman, caught up in turbulent times. She seeks to obey the LORD, yet her life ends at a tender age. Her story illuminates ...more
Jan 16, 2013
Oct 04, 2012
Famous Men of the Middle Ages
33 biographies sketch significant characters from the stream of European history during the Middle Ages. Some people are not Europeans, but impacted E ...more
Nov 06, 2013
Sep 07, 2013
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