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  • Item #: 006108
    ISBN: 9781591280118
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    ISBN: 9781591280163
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  • Item #: 007490
    ISBN: 9781883934026
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    By popular demand, we are including this classic in our catalog. Karen Andreola has revised the language somewhat to make it easier to read but has retained the flavor of the original writing. First published in the early 20th century, the book exhorts young girls to maintain high standards of character. Each of the 33 short chapters address a virtue (such as obedience, sincerity, responsibility, and purity) or a situation to be encountered in life (like boyfriends or choosing a career). The book could be read and discussed by mother and daughter together, or you may want to let your daughter read it on her own and answer questions as they come up.

  • Item #: 045285
    ISBN: 9781587611148
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    This book covers many holidays, special occasions, rituals, and traditions within many religions and in many parts of the world, and makes for an interesting read and a real education on different cultures. The discussion of each topic often includes variations that one might find, and, of course, the origin or history of the tradition. Topics are organized by seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. You'll find traditions that are well known in the American culture at large, such as Easter, Independence Day, Mother's Day, Christmas, wedding cakes, and even Super Bowl Sunday. You'll find some that may be a little less known such as Purim, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, and Winter Solstice. And you'll find some that are obscure for most of us here in the U.S., such as Maslenitsa and Vesak, and customs in China for when a baby is born. Not only will you travel the world, but you'll also get some creative ideas, such as what to do after the Thanksgiving meal, or ideas for making Mother's Day special. Besides educating us and our children, reading a book like this can remind us to savor life and stop going through the motions. 272 pgs, pb ~ Caryl

  • Item #: 024700
    ISBN: 9780310730958
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      This book holds a wealth of presidential info, albeit sometimes tongue-in-cheek (imagine large sunglasses on each president). From the country’s foundation to 2013, each presidency is explained in bite-sized pieces and interesting sections: The Bottom Line; What Was He Thinking?; Why Should I Care?; Breakin’ It Down; Previous Career; First Couple; Presidency; and What Has he Done for me Lately?. Other facts are highlighted in side bars, charts, graphs and full-color illustrations, and a special Presidential Times newspaper overview section. Important themes from each presidency are stressed so you can work through the text and easily compare. How did each president view the constitution? What were themes in his platform speech? I can see this being a handy, go-to, overview reference for your teens as you work through American history. Quite an engaging book that will appeal to even your non-history buffs. I love that this book shows how past actions and decisions affect our present, with the implication that our present will affect the future. By the same publishers as Our Constitution Rocks (#006864), 8” x 10”, 316 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 015644
    ISBN: 9780060007676
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    Although we could never fully comprehend the horrors of the Holocaust, stories such as these open our eyes to the inhumane treatment many received at the hand of Hitler. This is the story of how Jack Mandelbaum, who was twelve when he was taken by the Nazis, survived Hitler. Based on historical fact and Jack's memories, you learn about the Holocaust as you follow his story; the invasion of his home, being torn from his mother and brother to work, moving around from death camp to death camp working, fighting to stay alive in diseased and starving conditions, and ultimately, his liberation. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 000753
    ISBN: 9781534414273
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    "Many, many years ago, in Sorrento there lived a boy named Giovanni who had no mother and no father. He dressed in rags and begged for his food and slept in doorways. But he was happy, and he could do something wonderful. He could juggle." This is how the old French legend begins. This clown who made people smile his whole life is sure to make you smile as well! Your heart will be warmed with the miracle at the end of the story as Giovanni does his last performance before a statue of Our Lady and the Christ Child. Tomie dePaola is the author and illustrator, and he has painstakingly reproduced this old story as close to its original telling as possible. Accompanied by Renaissance-inspired watercolor paintings that are full of vibrant color and cartoon-like characters. – elise

  • Item #: 067779
    ISBN: 9780553511260
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      Jacob Tibbs is a cat, and the runt of the litter, to boot. He lives on a ship with his mother (Mrs. Tibbs) who has a stellar reputation as a ratter. Their adventure across the Atlantic in the 1840s is exciting! The story is about Jacob’s world, including the sailors on board the Melissa Rae. While this makes for a great family or classroom read-aloud, there are some topics to note: death of people and animals, talk of slave ships, someone with scars on their back, scary storms and rats. It’s a must-read for animal lovers, especially those of us who love our cats. Did you know ship cats could predict the weather? By author Cylin Busby. 266 pgs, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 066179
    ISBN: 9780990552949
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  • Item #: 066178
    ISBN: 9780990552925
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  • Item #: 066177
    ISBN: 9780990552932
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  • Item #: 066176
    ISBN: 9780990552918
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  • Item #: 066175
    ISBN: 9780990552901
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  • Item #: 065159
    ISBN: 9780802413796
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      Let’s be frank. Some of us are natural born “BFFs”-you know, the woman who makes a best friend at every women’s event she attends. Others—the rest of us—find women’s friendships awkward and challenging. The reality is this mom thing is hard: personally and on our marriages. In this book, Jill Savage presents a compelling vision for women’s friendships with a variety of ideas for finding and building relationships. Interwoven are stories and friendship assignments to help you build friendships that will help you thrive as a mom. The included Scripture references and prayer exercises will help you feel more confident in loving a friend through difficult challenges.

      Thankfully, we are not alone on this journey. Find your sense of belonging through mom-friendships and experience the wisdom and the spiritual and emotional (among others!) health benefits that quality friendships offer. Your family will thank you! 53 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 063900
    ISBN: 9781441319487
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      I come from a family of cooks and I have a collection of many of their recipes. Our Family Recipes Journal is a wonderful way for you to write your recipes and pass them on to family members. This 6” x 8” book is divided into appetizers, soups/salads/sandwiches, side dishes, main courses, desserts, beverages, and more recipes, with room for 10 of each type. Between each section is a clever quote like this one by Calvin Trillin (American journalist), “The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” At the beginning of each section is an index page for making a list of recipes found there, and each recipe is afforded 2 pages with a place to write the title, number of servings, prep time, the source of the recipe, the ingredients and instructions, and wraps up with the writer telling why this recipe is special. Helpful information is found in the first 10 pages of the book, such as: measurement equivalents, storage tips, cooking hints, microwave use, and more. A pocket inside the back cover offers space for recipe cards, clippings, etc. Give the gift of food that can last for generations!! 144 pgs, hc. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 063650
    ISBN: 9780801015878
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    In our Christian walk, we need reminders that a great cloud of witnesses have gone before us and have actively lived out their faith. This collection of short biographies shows the personal battles, victories and losses of fifty women heroes of the faith. Each story spans the individual’s life, highlighting the similarities to modern day struggles, and demonstrating that we also can, through Christ’s power, victoriously follow Christ. Some women may be more familiar, such as Corrie ten Boom, Harriet Beecher Stowe or Mother Teresa; some may be not as familiar such as Faye Edgerton or Margery Kempe. Organized chronologically, from 1000 AD to the 21st century, the biographies include women from all walks of life, denominations, cultures and races who lived out their faith as ministers, human rights advocates, authors, prisoners of war, martyrs and educators. 6” x 9”, 377 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 062161
    ISBN: 9781609990541
    Retail: $10.00
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    You have chosen to play a vital role in your children’s lives. Be encouraged! This hardcover gift book is an update of the Daily Devotional Calendar from Charlene Notgrass. The entries (one for each day of the month) are based on Titus 2:3-5, the godly characteristics for older and younger women. We are flawed, she asserts, but that truth can either discourage us or we can be encouraged that problems have solutions and God lovingly responds to us. Charlene takes an older woman encouraging a younger woman approach throughout, using the first few pages to explain her heart. Then, each very brief devotional speaks directly to the homeschool mom’s heart, exhorting her to teach and live the eternal, with the day’s single Scripture verse written at the bottom. What will absolutely strike you first are the vibrantly detailed, high definition, full-color nature photos, which draw the connection that we are to grow day by day, tending and nurturing our soul and the souls of our children just as nature does. Make this a beautiful gift with long-lasting results. 8” x 8.25”, 45 pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 057599
    ISBN: 9781400204335
    Retail: $16.99
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    An easy way to bone up on your Christian history (i.e. the lives and events that have shaped the Christian church in the 2000 years since Christ's death and resurrection). If you're like me, many of the vignettes included in this book will include information that is either unknown or long forgotten. You will probably find many of the names familiar – Martin Luther, Mother Teresa, Francis of Assisi, Corrie ten Boom; however, others are bound to be new – Peter Böhler, Vashti McCollum, Robert Estienne – each representing a slice of Christian history (and not always a positive impact). A daily, one-page reading is just the bite-size "lesson" that most of us can work into our schedule. Each date (for a calendar year) starts with an appropriate Bible verse, discusses the topic/person of the day, and then closes with a short prayer. This could be a great school day starter as well as personal or family devotional. A complete index is included in the back of the book. 389 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 053688
    ISBN: 9780615519487
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    Written specifically to the Christian parent, this book engages the reader through 25 meaningful letters which offer a heartfelt appeal for homeschooling. Beginning with the premise, homeschooling is the most effective method to pass our faith to our children; Pastor Durham makes an impassioned plea for parents to prayerfully study both the Old and New Testaments regarding the education of their children. Divided into three sections, the letters in this book focus on the Biblical arguments in favor of homeschooling; essential information for understanding education in America today and scriptural guidance for beginning the homeschool journey. The letters are designed to be read slowly and thoughtfully-studying the applicable Bible references as they appear.

    In the first section, Pastor Durham takes time to define various educational options available to Christian families. Strong Biblical evidence is presented giving the reader a judicious foundation of homeschooling. The second section further expands on the homeschool imperative through a historical perspective of education (which may surprise you!) and the detrimental effects of humanism in today’s educational system. Also tackled are the frequently considered troublesome questions that deal with socialization and sheltering of children. Finally, section three reaches out to parents with practical letters concerning Biblically based home-education. In this section, the letters provide a starting point for home education, and there are separate letters written to Christian fathers and mothers about their important roles in the home school. Fathers are to be nourishers, protectors and upholders of the family. Christian mothers are encouraged in their role as mothers and workers in the home. Also addressed are children as he explains why their education and upbringing may be different than others along with the Biblical blessings available to them through their chosen educational path. Within the pages of this book, Christian parents will find a thorough treatise on the homeschool discipleship movement. 207 pgs, pb. Deanne

  • Item #: 050171
    ISBN: 9780890515983
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    Have you ever stopped and wondered what it was like to have been a signer of the Declaration of Independence in Colonial America? We live in the greatest and most powerful nation on earth, one truly blessed by God from its inception. So what was the caliber of the men who shaped it? What did they think? What were their personal lives like? Now you have an opportunity to learn about the Founding Fathers in one of the most insightful and brilliantly crafted ways to date. Marilyn Boyer has written For You They Signed in such a way that it will leave you thinking you know the Founding Fathers personally. You will learn about some of their personal traits, life's events, and involvement in public service. The book is formatted in a unique way with the men grouped according to their respective states, just as the signatures were organized on the Declaration of Independence. At the end of each biography, there is also a list of questions for use in discussion groups. These would also make fine study questions in the classroom. Each signer has a portrait drawing and a box containing basic statistics on his life, such as where he was born, educated, and whether he was married and had children. In each biography is a chart of dates and descriptions of public service. Boyer has included many quotes from other writers, including comments from contemporaries of the Founding Fathers. At the beginning, you will find a brief description of the role Christianity played in the founding of the nation, along with quotes from famous people in our history and a typed version of the Declaration for your perusal. Included in the appendixes are character definitions, Patrick Henry's speech to the signers on July 4, 1776, "The Christian Nature of State Constitutions," and "The Christian Nature of America's Universities." Boyer crafted the book so that it can be used in five ways: a year's worth of character studies from a devotional perspective, a resource for a single mother, a program that the children can use on their own at their own pace, a group study, and for general reading. One of my regrets about this book is that I didn't have it when I was in school! 342 pgs, hc. – John

  • Item #: 049412
    ISBN: 9780452295605
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    Full of first person experiences – all of them touching our soft mother-spot – this book is about finding yourself at odds with the medical community and learning how to fight for your autistic child. While it relies more on testimonies than on research, it provides hope in what it suggests as well as providing courage for bucking the system and for implementing strategies – i.e. diet and others – that are nonmedical. The author, Jenny McCarthy, herself a mother of an autistic son, provides tools as well as hope. The final pages list resources and doctors who provide DAN (Defeat Autism Now!®) interventions. 246 pgs. pb ~ Janice
  • Item #: 044574
    ISBN: 9781932236095
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    You know you're holding an unusual book when it's endorsed by talk show host, Dr. Laura; Senator Elizabeth Dole; professional hockey player, Mario Lemieux; and singer/songwriter Bono. What could they possibly agree on? Manners! This delightful and deliberate education in all things pertaining to good manners – respecting mother and father, using words wisely, table manners, washing and dressing, caring for the elderly and sick, getting along with others, in school, good sportsmanship, writing letters and invitations, church, weddings, and funerals, kindness toward animals, and respecting our country – is taught through a wonderful anthology of engaging stories and poems punctuated with the author's gentle summations. No dull list of dos and don'ts here. The broad selection – some well-known; some from long-forgotten personages; and some contemporary – is similar to Book of Virtues but there is more application especially geared to a younger audience. 390 pgs, hc ~ Janice

  • Item #: 043501
    ISBN: 9780688162801
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    Discover the true meaning of Thanksgiving right along with Molly, a Russian refugee. Molly doesn't look like the other children at school and her English isn't very good, making her the subject of much teasing. To make matters worse, her mother makes her doll for their Thanksgiving project look more like a Russian refugee than a New England Pilgrim. However, that tiny little doll is exactly what she needed to show her classmates that she is a modern day Pilgrim, too! The detailed pencil artwork beautifully portrays the main points of the tale. A thought-provoking story that would be great to read aloud to your children and discuss. Pb, 28 pgs. – elise

    The best books written to entertain young children have to contain text that is somewhat interactive, an interesting storyline, and a problem situation that most children can identify. This book must have had all the ingredients, because it was one of our absolute favorites when we were very young. Throughout the book, Grover (of Sesame Street fame) continues to panic because the title suggests that there is going to be a monster waiting for him at the end of the book. He attempts various constructions to halt the "page-turning" that will inevitably bring the monster closer, and as the pages are turned, the book turns into a bigger and bigger mess. Of course, the end is a surprise for kids, and continues to delight them every time the story is read. If you don't have this Little Golden Book already, I highly recommend it - may yours become as dog-eared as ours! - Jess

  • Item #: 042401
    ISBN: 9781683440697
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  • Item #: 041857
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    In today's world, we think of hardship as a day when our air conditioner breaks down. Like many of our own folks or grandparents, Dr. Les Simonson as a youth lived through a decade of hardships in the Great Depression, only to endure several years of challenges during World War II. This short book (90 pgs) focuses on the personal nature of this era. A few pages note earnings for typical jobs in the 1930's and corresponding prices of goods available at the time (gasoline was 12 cents per gallon in 1937). But mostly its about daily life: what kitchens and household appliances were like, recreational options, entertainment, the challenges of being a mother or father during this time. About half way through, the book switches to WWII. (Dr. Simonson had two brothers in the service during WWII). Included here are overviews of the war, but more from the viewpoint of what the average citizen was experiencing. The improvement of his family's condition after the war is chronicled, and Dr. Simonson reflects on the positive influence on his life that these challenges afforded. sc, 90 pgs.

  • Item #: 040960
    ISBN: 9781603425780
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    Know where your needle is at all times! Be safe and take your time! Remember that nothing has to be perfect! These are the authors' rules for children learning to sew for the first time. Color photos and clear directions make this one user-friendly book and a good choice for visual learners. Starting at age 5, you can teach your children to make basic stitches used in several simple project ideas. First they make a basic sewing kit and practice stitches, then they get to make a pin cushion and original stuffed toy. Later they can make a skirt, modify a t-shirt, even repair old clothes and toys. This book seems easier to use than some of our others that have more elaborate directions or projects. Age appropriate for little kids and non-sewing mothers. It may not be pretty at first, but it will be original and hopefully encourage future sewing enthusiasts! ~ Sara

  • Item #: 036879
    ISBN: 9781607100065
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    See inside the body with x-rays, MRIs, microscopes, diagrams, photographs, and drawings as well as a number of 3D pop ups. Explanations are simple to understand but detailed enough to be interesting to older children too. Topics include the senses, brain, bones and muscles, breathing and circulation, digestion and growth. Children can learn how small bumps on our tongue enable us to taste, how electrical signals travel throughout the body and send messages to the brain, how the heart pumps blood throughout the body, and many other functions in vivid colorful detail. Pop-up, hc. ~ Alissa

  • Item #: 030603
    ISBN: 9780970118240
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    How close have you been to throwing in the homeschooling towel and putting your children in school? How close have you come to burnout? Ann Lloyd, the author of this "solutions manual," has been there and done that. After years of homeschooling her children - and one move - she came to the END and made the decision to enroll them in a private school. That year was an eye-opening experience, and the wisdom God gave her as a result is being put to good use in encouraging other homeschooling mothers. The tips and tricks described in this 190 pg book are Lloyd-tested and, if implemented, will help protect your determination, ease your stress, and simplify your life. Loosely divided into ideas for home, school, and mom, I was pleased when I could nod and say, "Yep, I've done that, it works!" (One list, one trip.) Many times I found myself thinking, "She's hit the nail on the head! This is a wonderful idea!" (Yearly homeschooling portfolios - simplified - which provide cherished memories as well as encouragement, insight, and confidence.) Throughout the entire book I marveled at how well she knew the trials and struggles we face. (To feel successful as a homeschooler, you must be realistic about what homeschooling can and cannot do.) Trying to describe the key ingredient in this book, I would say that it is perspective. Lloyd invites us to step back, take a deep breath, take a good look at our lives, and make changes if necessary. For each of us at some particular point of time, it could make all the difference. Janice

  • Item #: 024069
    ISBN: 9781594747311
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    16 stories about the childhoods of our presidents, as well as 44 facts, one per president. Learn about how Ulysses S. Grant was a natural born horse rider, how Franklin D. Roosevelt's over-protective mother gave him a single day of freedom to do whatever he wanted (and how he never told anyone what he did!), or how Calvin Coolidge once sneaked a donkey into a classroom at his school! Written by David Stabler and illustrated by Doogie Horner, 215 pgs, hc. – Laura

  • Item #: 020847
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    When we added the AVKO Sequential Spelling program several years ago it was because we had received countless requests from our customers. Since then it has consistently garnered strong positive feedback and rave reviews. In this book, the author of that program, Don McCabe, provides not only his autobiographical information but also the process whereby the AVKO program and methodology was "discovered". The book's lengthy subtitle - a dyslexic tells how luck enabled him to learn to read and how his blissful ignorance and stubbornness enabled him to discover an easy, common sense way to teach other dyslexics to read and write - pretty much nails the contents. If you have a student with language issues - almost any language issues (and the definitions for dyslexic are just about that vague) - then you will find help and hope in this book. The author's personal story - from birth to near death - is told in a very readable, tongue-in-cheek manner. Throughout his story he points to the life experiences that illustrate a particular principle or insight. However, if you don't want to know his story, the author helpfully points you to the particular chapter where you can find out what dyslexia really is and how you can best "identify," "treat," or "prevent" it or to the chapter where you will find the most information for actually helping a dyslexic student. You can expect to find the same practical, word family and pattern approach to language that characterizes Sequential Spelling as well as a wealth of educational experience and expertise. 288 pgs, pb. Janice