Saturday, November 15, 2008

Salem Ridge Press ... classic wholesome books for the family


I was excited that the TOS Homeschool Crew was going to be reviewing Salem Ridge Press.  I was already familiar with this publishing company, since I had won some of their books from blog contests in the past.  If you aren't familiar with them, I hope you'll take the time to explore their website, especially their goal of re-publishing out of print books that are wholesome and educational.  They only publish books that meet the guidelines of Philippians 4:8 -- "Whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."   That means none of their books include even one little kiss.


Our family was sent 3 books to review.  The first one we already owned:  Mary Jane - Her Book.  We had given this book, and its sequel (Mary Jane - Her Visit)  to our 9 year old daughter for her birthday.  I had been worried she might not enjoy them, since she was in a Nancy Drew phase at the time.  But she read them both quickly, and she DID enjoy them.  They're sweet stories about a 5 year old girl, and her daily life.  They're perfect for girls beginning to read longer chapter books themselves, or for reading aloud to younger girls.


We were also given Glaucia, the Greek Slave to review.  It is part of the Emma Leslie church history series.  I've been reading it, and enjoying the story.  Roman and Greek history, and the Early Christian church, are not eras I've studied very well.  I have never read an historical fiction book set in that era before, but I'm enjoying it.   It helps that new words (especially those pertaining to Greek and Roman culture) are defined at the bottom of the page.  I can't wait for us to cycle around to Roman history in Tapestry of Grace again; I'll be assigning this to my junior and senior high students.


My personal favorite of the three books was The American Twins of the Revolution, by Lucy Fitch Perkins.  It would be an excellent chapter book to assign to your 3rd and 4th grade readers, or for reading aloud as a family.  It is the true story of a colonial family, and how they helped George Washington and his troops during the Revolutionary War.  I enjoyed it very much.  Although I really enjoyed this book, the speaking style of the family's cook may be hard for children to read and decipher themselves. 


I am thankful for the mission that the Mills family of Salem Ridge Press has to republish quality books for Christian families.  They've republished 23 books so far, with several more coming soon.  Each book is available in hardcover, or softcover.  They're bound well, with a print size that is easy to read.  You can find a listing of websites that carry their books at THIS LINK.   


Would you like a chance to win some of the Salem Ridge Press books?  You can!  If you fill out a WISHLIST at the Salem Ridge Press website, and email it to one person, you will be entered in a drawing.  On December 1st they will choose 5 people to win their wishlists.  It's a great chance to win some quality books.  I hope you'll stop by their website and enter to win .


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Trusting in Him,


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