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  • Item #: 043295
    ISBN: 9781599150109
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    A reprint of the original 1917 edition by H.E. Marshall, this hefty book offers 99 exciting stories from American history, starting with the expeditions of the Vikings and Columbus, and ending with the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. The stories are grouped into seven parts; "Stories of Explorers and Pioneers," "Stories of Virginia," "Stories of New England," "Stories of the Middle and Southern Colonies," "Stories of the French in America," "Stories of the Struggle for Liberty" and "Stories of the United States Under the Constitution." The book is unique in that the first 400 pages or so focus on exploration and the Colonial period, while only the last 200 pages cover the history of the U.S. as its own country. Although there is a lot of content here, the chapters are only several pages in length which make for great supplementary reading or read-alouds. Occasional black-and-white full-page illustrations are included in some chapters. 616 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 058784
    Retail: $22.00
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    Do you think you know this country of ours? Test out your knowledge or just take a stab in the dark – all of the questions are multiple choice! Each player/team receives their own game board; they must travel around the 50 spaces (pictures of the state flags with the name of the state and the date of its entry into the union) and answer trivia questions. The questions are divided into six categories (Government & History; People, Places & Things; Cities & States; Presidents & Politicians; Inventors, Authors & Stars; and Only in America). A roll of the die determines question a player is asked. Questions range from fairly easy to very challenging (most are decently challenging!), but because they are all multiple-choice, everyone has a shot to answer correctly and learn something along the way. If you answer correctly, you get to move along the path. The first player to reach the end and have correctly answered a question from each category wins the game! For 2-4 players/teams. Game includes 108 question cards (each with 6 questions).

  • Item #: 016517
    ISBN: 9780761172390
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    The same format as the other Brain Quest games in our catalog. Like the other decks, these colorful cards are riveted together so that they can't get lost or disorganized. With 850 questions, and answers on the opposing cards, this quiz game will provide educational fun for your whole family. There are six different categories of questions to choose from, which cover America's history, people, and culture - Famous Americans, From Sea to Shining Sea, Law of the Land, Words and Music, Turning Points, and Here and There. Find out how much you really know about this country of ours with this challenging quiz game. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 003502
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    Travel the world—and learn fun facts—in this game of "Who, Where, and What." This game includes a game board, spinner, 6 cardboard animal pawns, 110 question cards, 60 flag cards, and 50 travel cards. First, players spin the spinner. Depending on where it lands, they draw a Question card, Flag card, or Travel card. Question cards have two questions (followed by detailed answers): one about the manmade world and one about the natural world (ie. "What country is known for its sandy deserts: Algeria, Indonesia, or Vietnam?"). Flag cards have three questions about the country whose flag is pictured on the card (ie. capital cities, language, landmarks). Travel cards have fun challenges to complete (ie. "Name 9 countries that start with the letter 'P'"). Players advance 1 space for each question they answer correctly. The first person to circle the board and cross their own "Start" circle is the winner. Win or lose, players will learn plenty along the way about our amazing world. 2-6 players.

  • Item #: 020722
    ISBN: 9781887456005
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    I love reading about the guiding hand of God in our nation's history. I find the story fascinating and the men of faith and conviction inspiring. This book is written in the same vein. Based on the assumption that all of history is providential, we learn how God's presence was evident at our nation's founding in the hearts and minds of the men who fought for independence and framed the Constitution. The book opens with an overview of geography and ancient history before moving to American history. A portion of the book is devoted to the history of education in our country. Later chapters focus on our decline as a nation, and a reconstructionist view is presented for bringing our nation back to what the authors believe God wants it to be. This book is used as a teacher resource for the Beautiful Feet American history studies. Lots of pictures and illustrations. 300 pgs.

    If you want to dig a little deeper into source documents referred to in America's Providential History, get the accompanying Documentary Sourcebook. Inspiring in its own right, this book includes speeches and documents that portray the Christian influence in the founding and history of our nation. A sampling of the offerings in this book includes excerpts from Columbus' Journal of His First Voyage, Fast and Thanksgiving Days of New England, Chaplains and Clergy of the Revolution, Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, Washington's Farewell Address, excerpts from Democracy in America, the 1853 report from the Senate Judiciary Committee about the importance of congressional chaplains. 136 pg, pb.

    For ease of tying these two books together, consider the Teacher's Guide, which includes: APH chapter outlines; study questions for each of the 18 chapters, with answers; three exams, with answers; and a list of books for further study. 102 pgs, pb. ~ Bob

  • Item #: 031417
    ISBN: 9780740318764
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    Same fast-paced, Dave Stotts-narrated adventures as the above series, but instead of places, this series takes on a tour of the Founding Fathers – er, Founding People (giving Abigail Adams her rightful place as a person of influence in the founding of our country). The first episode examines the Adams family – John, Abigail, and John Quincy; the second a collection of Benjamins – Franklin, Banneker, and Dr. Rush; and the third – without benefit of either a first or last name in common – familiar Americans George Washington and Noah Webster and the not-so-familiar Haym Salomon. Each biographical tour includes family homes, letters/diaries, and accomplishments.

  • Item #: 020218
    ISBN: 9781591881018
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    Okay, we admit it. We like to have fun, too. So when we saw these rollicking, humorous, action-packed books that are encouraging reluctant readers all over the country to read, we just couldn't resist! Hank the Cowdog: Head of Ranch Security. This canine is a cross between Maxwell Smart and John Wayne. Sandy Bauers of the Philadelphia Inquirer states "This mutt in disguise is adorably pretentious and frequently fumbling, yet never knowing it. Dogdom's Don Quixote. Nothing escapes his steely gaze - except, perhaps the perfectly obvious...". Filled with dry wit and subtle humor, these are books that you will enjoy reading to your children. Testimonials from parents, librarians, and teachers vouch for the ability of these books to "turn on" even the most reticent reader. We feel we must qualify our overall delight in these books, however. A couple of the books in the series include an owl character, Madam Moonshine, described as "a witchy little owl". You may want to avoid the books she appears in, so far we can only identify #2, #4 and #11. #9 has a Halloween theme. The "ghost" is a trick-or-treater, but you may want to avoid the Halloween theme.
  • Item #: 019992
    ISBN: 9780942617566
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    Another "Uncle Eric" book from Bluestocking Press, this one comparing events from the Roman Empire to happenings in our country today. Are we losing our freedoms, and does this mirror events in Ancient Rome? Uncle Eric presents the model of our government as intended and gives you his opinion on events today.

  • Item #: 013796
    ISBN: 9780830857821
    Retail: $25.00
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    Want a great resource to help introduce your children to some of the countries and people groups throughout the world? This book, in each two page spread, will do just that! Our introduction to Hazara, for example, had the following: a history telling us that the Hazara people are descendants of Genghis Khan's army, a piece on life in Hazarajat (the region in Afghanistan where the Hazara live), color photographs of people and places, a factfile containing facts about where Hazaras live and how many there are in the world, a story about a Hazara refugee who became a Christian convert, two maps, a Did You Know? piece on the religion of the Hazara, a list of things we can thank God for (one item on the list was the Christian radio programs in Dari, a language most Hazara people know) and a list of things we should ask God for. Other people we learn about include Gypsies, New Zealanders, Azerians, Greecians, Jolas, Refugees and Street Children (in general), and Uruguayans etc. While reading about terrible cruelties and conditions in other countries, the book still maintains an amazing optimism as it shares answered prayers in various countries and faith in God. 221 pgs, pb. ~ Genevieve

  • Item #: 071206
    ISBN: 9780794539047
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    Gain valuable information about our fascinating world as you explore the 15 big and beautiful maps featured in this picture atlas. Geography students will be challenged to find famous landmarks, discover where various animals and people groups live around the world, study the flags of the world and identify the capital city of each country, and so much more! This attractive and nicely organized full-color atlas would be an excellent supplement to any elementary geography study. Measures 9"x 11 1/2". 40 pgs, hc. ~ Mike 

  • Item #: 067916
    ISBN: 9781618931498
    Retail: $24.95
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      Filled with many interesting historical facts, this book would be a great complement to your American history curriculum. Taking you from the first people to call America home to America’s role in the world today, it includes a diverse amount of information about America’s culture and lifestyles to fascinating facts and events that shaped America. Reading details about each state’s claim to fame or wild animals that call America home will keep you engaged as well as the many delightful pictures that captivate the beauty of our country. In the back, a colorful timeline is included spanning from 1600 to 2008. As you learn about the history, people and culture of America, you will gather a glimpse of what makes this country awesome! 208 pgs, hc. ~ Gina

  • Item #: 065707
    ISBN: 9781429020640
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     This exact replica reprint of an 1884 book is written in one syllable words and was originally used to teach children to read while teaching history. Evidently, it was common to write books “in one syllable” in the late 19th century. Of course, some multisyllabic words must be used (United, president, Tennessee, etc.), but these are divided into syllables to ease reading.

      This book tells the story of our country from the first discovery of our continent by Norse men through the times of the Pilgrims, the Revolutionary War and the The Great War and takes a different attitude than some modern books. In the words of the author: “This is a tale in short words for small folks, on the way our land grew. . . . God has led us on through ways that have been strange, to reach the place where we now stand. The men of all the earth look on our land, and we are glad to have them call it THE LAND OF THE FREE and THE HOME OF THE BRAVE.”

      As a facsimile reprint, you’ll note some idiosyncrasies that may seem odd to us. It is printed with two columns and the type size is relatively small (I estimate about 12 pt.) for an early elementary book. There are approximately 250 words per page. While the words are not difficult and quite readable, it may take a little time for your child to get used to the format. Also, rendering complex information into one syllable words has its challenges. Take for instance this passage about what would have then been a fairly recent event: “But we must now go back to the year 1876 when the U-ni-ted States kept its birth-day. Ten times ten years had gone by since A-mer-i-ca was made free, and the U.S. was born. By this time it was a great strong child.” Obviously, there is a quaintness about the wording.

      There are six original, full-page illustrations. Frankly, I’m impressed with these detailed renderings of historical events. By itself, this is an intriguing book – just for its historical value alone. Use it as a first reader or as a companion reader to a history study. Or, perhaps, use it to get an idea of what education in those one-room schoolhouses was all about. 130 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 064535
    ISBN: 9780385753623
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     Written as both a biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt as well as a history of the first half of the twentieth century, this book by Albert Marrin tells the fascinating story of how this powerful political figure overcame adversity to impact world history in significant ways. This comprehensive and intelligently written biography provides a well-documented and critical analysis of the rise of FDR from youth till his death near the end of WW 2. Readers will be rewarded with a balanced and touching portrait of a man who shaped American life both for good and ill. Not only will the story itself capture your attention, but the beautiful collection of period photographs that adorn the pages of this book will as well. 283 pgs, pb. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 063496
    ISBN: 9781590789322
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      Peppered with interesting facts, this delightfully illustrated telling of Thomas Jefferson’s love of books and its impact on our country will intrigue your youngest and oldest readers. Young Tom read every book in his father’s library before he started school. Those 49 books were considered a luxurious library in that day but pales in comparison to the 9000 or so volumes Jefferson owned in his lifetime. While president, Tom doubled the size of the country (the Louisiana Purchase) and more than tripled the number of books in its library. When the original Library of Congress burned during an attack (War of 1812), former President Jefferson sold almost 7000 volumes from his personal library to the government. The Library’s current 155 million items on 800 miles of shelves in 470 languages would no doubt greatly please him. His granddaughter stated it well: “Books were at all times his chosen companions.” 9.25”x 9.25”, 32 pgs, hc (with dust cover). ~ Janice

  • Item #: 061304
    ISBN: 9781938233036
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    Better Together perfectly sums up my family’s homeschool co-op experience. It started as a small group studying one country each month and grew into the most significant experience of our homeschooling years. My children’s and my own lifelong best friends come from that group. The educational experiences that originated from that co-op shaped and continue to shape our lives.

    If you would like to start, organize or participate in a co-op, this little book provides an excellent road map. Covering all the necessary territory from definitions to benefits to FAQs to schedules and assignments to tips for preparing lessons, it’s all here and so much more including samples and reproducibles. I was the administrator of our co-op for over ten years and these are exactly the things I would tell you to do; the places I would tell you to start; and the pitfalls I would suggest you avoid in one well-organized, user-friendly, attractive, and unintimidating training manual. 46 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 057957
    ISBN: 9781426211270
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    "In 1814, we took a little trip, along with Col. Jackson, down the mighty Mississip." If you're like me that might be about all you know or can remember about the War of 1812. Our reasons for fighting it were obscure; what was accomplished is likewise vague. Wouldn't you like to know more? This unassuming little book proves there is a lot more; providing an overview of the war – causes, invasions, the war fronts, victories, and peace – and then a battlefield-by-battlefield guide. Looking at the various regions where war action took place, battlefield and historic sites are visited. Maps, aerial views, photos, and text – supplied in a colorful, heavy paper format – all help tell the story of each site. Particularly helpful are the Quick History inserts that serve as summaries. The Nearby and Noteworthy sections identify places you might want to include on a tour. The Don't Miss sections help prioritize. Written to be a handbook for those who want to tour the various sites and understand the bigger picture, the book, nevertheless, makes a good quick study of the war. It was important; it defined boundaries for two countries and impacted the history of three people groups – Americans, Canadians, and Native Americans. And, then, of course, it gave us our National Anthem. 128 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 056369
    ISBN: 9781607109358
    Retail: $29.95
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    It's the most important document in the history of the United States. The United States Constitution is America's instruction manual. Providing an insightful examination of its history/origins and its adaptations, Constitution is a valuable book – and a lovely one. Oversized (10" x 11.5"), with heavyweight paper, lots of full-color pictures, and a padded cover, it's a joy to wander through its leaves. However, you'll want to do much more than wander. From the title you might expect some history of the writing of the Constitution and thorough coverage of its contents and your expectations would be met masterfully. But there's much more here. As each major provision of the Constitution and its Amendments is covered, the book also traces the challenges, its definitional history (how various aspects have been defined and refined), the public dialogue surrounding it, and its current impact. For instance, take Chapter 4, Growing the Country. Tracing the constitutional implications and debates through the Louisiana Purchase, the Missouri Compromise, wartime land acquisitions (i.e. Texas), the Homestead Act (which encouraged settlement), "foolish" purchases (i.e. Alaska), and the 20th century's NASA Act is accompanied by political cartoons, space photos, old commemorative photos (completing the transcontinental railroad), historical maps, and art pieces. The discussion is lively with intriguing sidebar commentary (for instance, three generals who fought together in the Mexican war later fought against each other in another war with constitutional implications – the Civil War). In general, what emerges is a portrait of a living document – one that has withstood challenges, assaults, and tamperings, and has still been preserved. This sort of living coverage is presented in chapters on amendments, establishing a financial system, the Constitution divided (period of the Civil War), civil rights, electoral college, slavery, legislating morality (i.e. prohibition), and corrections/clarifications (FDR and the Depression, voting age, 2nd amendment challenges). Each chapter is packed with thoughtful analysis and astute historical perspective.

    One endearing feature of this book is the collection of original source document facsimiles that are provided. Cardstock envelopes that are amazingly integral to the book contain the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, The U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Bill of Rights tally (1791), "The Black List" broadside attacking congressmen who voted for the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, Joint resolution proposing the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, and, lastly, an Admission ticket to the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.

    You'll enjoy and appreciate every moment spent amidst the quality coverage of our magnificent document. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 056349
    ISBN: 9780147511645
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    Nationally revered, this great document of our American freedoms has had quite the exciting life. Today it is protected by armed guards, twenty-four hour a day cameras, electronic monitors, and a sealed, bulletproof encasement containing argon to control humidity. However, that was not always the case. In this lavishly illustrated book, you will join in the adventures of the heart and soul of our nation: The Declaration of Independence. Carried by horseback, sailing vessel, mail truck, railroad car and even military tank, our Declaration of Independence has survived for more than two centuries of peace and devastating war. No effort has been too much to keep this esteemed document safe. Exciting true escapades give heroic testimony to the grit and determination of this great country and what she values most…freedom for all to pursue life, liberty and happiness. 48 pgs, hc ~Deanne

  • Item #: 056132
    ISBN: 9780486498348
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    Join Mama, Papa, the kids and Professor Actual Factual Bear for an easy introduction to science and nature. The book looks and reads like a large-format Berenstain Bears book, complete with rhyming verse. Three topics are covered. The Almanac celebrates the holidays and seasons through the year in Bear Country. On our Nature walk, we learn about learn about plants, animals, and insects, land forms and weather, fish and reptiles. The Science Fair helps us understand simple machines, matter and energy. The number of topics touched on would make it a great introduction to science for a young child, or a framework on which to discuss topics in more detail. For the nostalgic, this is a reprint of the book originally published in 1977. 190 pgs, sc. - Laura

  • Item #: 053041
    ISBN: 9781936706211
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    Denise Eide passionately believes that mastery of English (literacy) could be greatly simplified by:

    Understanding that there is a method behind the madness; English is systematic (at least 98% of the time)

    Learning and embracing the rules of this system

    And here I thought this was common knowledge. Now I understand why Spelling is one of our largest-selling areas. I was not aware that, according to the National Report Card, 34% of fourth graders cannot read and 68% are below proficient. Apparently, this has gone on for some time since 48% of all adults are also not proficient readers, according to the same report. The author also bemoans the fact that "intensive phonics is saved almost exclusively for students who struggle". Written in 2011, this book is not an outdated tome from the sight-reading era. Apparently, this is the current state of affairs in the country at large. The author firmly believes that the cause of the problem is that the structure, the logic, of English is not understood or taught. This not only hinders reading, writing, and spelling skills, but results in discouraged children who become illiterate adults. In writing this book, the author hoped to demystify the English system for parents and teachers, helping them turn the situation around in our nation. I think she has succeeded in this volume. Her presentation is comprehensive, clear, and well-organized. Helpful charts and tables punctate the concise text, lending additional structure and simplification to the narrative. A list of tables in the front helps you find specific information quickly. The book concludes with appendices that sum up most of the material in lists or charts providing a handy, ongoing reference.

    While I hope most homeschoolers have used or are using an intensive phonics program, this book would be an excellent refresher and reference. If you are one of the many homeschoolers whose children were taught to read in the public school system, you need to get this book and read it. Then you need to teach the rules of the English system to your children. If your children are past the phonics stage, but still having trouble with reading or spelling, this book will help you back up, understand the system, and get your children back on track. And, if you are just starting to teach your children to read, you will want to read this book first. Then, for more direct teaching materials, see the Logic of English program from Pedia Learning, inspired by this volume.

  • Item #: 052976
    ISBN: 9781610660259
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    The Constitution is one of our country's most important documents, but that does not mean it is an easy read. The language of 1787 can be hard to interpret for students and adults. U.S. Constitution -- Graphic Adaptation looks like a comic book. It introduces kids to the people involved in the founding of our country. It covers how it was determined that states are represented in Washington D.C., then goes into the Presidency where it skips around from modern times to the past. While I was little confused by this, I think kids who are into comics would appreciate the non-linear approach. The point is to learn how the Constitution came to be, and if a graphic adaptation is what helps your student understand the material, then have a go and try this one. It may be just what your child needs. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 052818
    ISBN: 9780966580440
    Retail: $14.95
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    Many Americans know little about their own country. When Newsweek conducted a citizenship test, 38% of Americans failed. Elected officials fared even worse, with 44% failing the same test. How should we view these statistics? I found two quotes in the book that speak to the expediency of its message: Ronald Reagan – "If we forget what we did, we won't know who we are…" and Newsweek – "The country's future is imperiled by our ignorance." Challenge yourself to break this trend in our country today. Everything you need to know about American basics is here in this book: historical timelines, presidents, maps, founding documents, how the government works, the nature of America, American heroes, great speeches, and poems and songs. The book also includes the citizenship test – so at the end of the book you can make sure you do actually know and love your country! 404 pgs, pb. – Zach

  • Item #: 050750
    ISBN: 9781847328069
    Retail: $29.95
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    If you want to get a real feel for the early years of our country, this book would be a great place to look. Everything about the book has the look of antiquity: pages with darkened edges, period paintings used as graphics, even reproductions of documents from the time. Text is focused in two-page segments on major topics, with interesting insets about famous people and events. Read about George Washington being chosen to lead the Continental army, the winter at Valley Forge, victory at Yorktown, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the War of 1812. Document reproductions are contained in pouches that resemble a stained and worn "Old Glory" flag. Reproductions are many and varied; a few examples are the Constitution in handwritten script on parchment-like paper, the resolution passing the first 10 amendments to the Constitution (the Bill of Rights), and a letter to Meriwether Lewis from President Thomas Jefferson. 63 pgs, hc with magnetic closure.

  • Item #: 050698
    ISBN: 9781595230799
    Retail: $16.00
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    Conservative historian Larry Schweikart believes that there are a number of events in the history of our country that bear further consideration. He urges readers to consider things beyond the traditional events that we study in school to see how America's character was changed both for good and bad. This book is a very interesting meander through some US history that is a little outside mainstream. From President Eisenhower's heart attack as the catalyst for changing the way we view food to the growing popularity of American Rock n' Roll behind the Iron Curtain helping to defeat communism this history is fascinating and well-documented. A perfect supplement to any high school American history course. 258 pgs, pb. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 050477
    ISBN: 9781932786477
    Retail: $44.95
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    Grab your passport and let the adventures begin! In the vibrant pages of this hard cover book, you will make fascinating discoveries of the sights and sounds of all 195 countries of our world. Learn about the people who live there: their history, culture, religious beliefs, currency, languages, population, crops and food, music, the physical geographical traits of their land and even a sampling of recipes. Each country is presented in a one page layout and includes the flag, a fact box, brief history notes, and a "Did you know" section which contains fun and fascinating information. For instance: "Did you know that Russia is the world's largest country and stretches almost 5,000 miles from east to west and covers nine time zones?" or "Did you know that North Korea is a little smaller than the state of Mississippi?" or "Were you aware that there are over one hundred active volcanoes in Japan?" You will learn these tidbits plus much more in this great resource. The accompanying CD-ROM contains three hundred printable pages (PDF file format) of blank template maps, full color maps, quizzes, passport booklet (US or Canada cover options), and flashcards. You will also find lesson plans for thirty five weeks creating a one year world geography course and supplemental internet links. HC, 216 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 049734
    ISBN: 9781576585597
    Retail: $14.99
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    As Christians in a Western world, we are not accustomed to the idea of persecution for our faith. People in many parts of the world do suffer for their beliefs, and sometimes it can be hard to fathom. Brother Andrew has written God's Smuggler as a description of what life in countries with religious persecution is like. This amazing man of God smuggled Bibles into many parts of the world to be a blessing to those unfortunate enough not to possess them. Now, in this distinctive book, Brother Andrew and John and Elizabeth Sherrill have combined other stories of persecution and travel to restrictive countries with Brother Andrew's book. Throughout the pages are scattered inserts of stories from such places as Columbia, China, Peru, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. These inserts fall into four different categories: A Traveler's Story, Diary of a Smuggler, Around the Globe, and Imagine This. A Traveler's Story contains personal testimonies of those people living in nations that persecute people for following Christ. Diary of a Smuggler boxes are written by people who have traveled to restrictive countries through Open Doors to encourage the people there. Around the Globe inserts provide brief statistics about religions in individual countries and a summation of what the Church is facing in those locations; Imagine This are questions at the end of the chapters that ask ethical questions or present scenarios with dilemmas that allow you to determine what you would do if placed in those circumstances. This book is great for motivating you in your faith and opening your eyes to the present situation of Christians around the world. 330 pgs, pb. – John

  • Item #: 049574
    ISBN: 9781893103085
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    The story of the Vietnam War is a complicated one, and one that I still find a little confusing myself. Author Albert Marrin must have found it equally so. As he writes in his introduction, although he lived during the war and had actively followed the news at the time, he ended up spending months - even years - researching for this book, reading hundreds of books, articles, and personal accounts of the war, as well as interviewing men who had served during the war. And I believe that the results of so much research were well worth the effort and go a long way in helping readers better understand the conflict itself, as well as the bigger picture. To help readers get a feel for the country and its people, Marrin starts his story back at the early settlement of Vietnam, and the long-continuing struggle of the Vietnamese to remain independent from their Northern neighbor, China. He continues his story with the French colonization of the area, the spread of Communism into Vietnam, the "splitting" of Vietnam into two general parts, and all the developments in between and beyond that attributed to the buildup of the war. Marrin's writing is absorbing, full of details that make it seem as if readers were there, and is almost hard to put down. Occasional maps and black-and-white photos add visual interest as well. Overall, a thorough and well-written account of what is often thought of as a somewhat "uncomfortable" topic in our history. - Jess

  • Item #: 048832
    ISBN: 9780439593601
    Retail: $6.99
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    Learn the history behind our country's most important places, interesting objects, national holidays, and inspiring words with this colorful book. It begins by defining the meaning of the word "symbol," then progresses to explaining the meaning and historical background of over twenty US symbols. Plymouth Rock, the Statue of Liberty, our flag, the Liberty Bell, the Declaration of Independence, and the National Anthem are some of the topics covered. Each topic is explained in about two to four pages and is enhanced with colorful (sometimes humorous) illustrations. The last section of the book explains the origin of nine US holidays, including the date each was first celebrated. The back of the book includes a glossary, index, list of books to read, and a dedication page explaining the symbolism of New York's World Trade Center and 9/11/01. By Shelia Keenan; illust by Ann Boyajian. 64 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 048743
    ISBN: 9781569762806
    Retail: $18.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    This interesting chronological history with 21 activities is for a slightly older audience than some of our related items. It's an honest look at the daily life and history of Native Americans, and their relationship to Europeans. The book is divided into 8 chapters: "The First People," "In Search of the City of Gold," "Europeans Settle on the Eastern Shore," "Fighting the White Man's Wars," "Heading West," "Destruction of a Way of Life," "Change in Indian Country," and "Tribal Rights and Cultural Pride." Topics include Mesa Verde, European domination, creation stories, DNA analysis, and many more. Activities include playing Native American games, designing and building a trading post, weaving, making beef jerky, deciphering a code, making a totem pole and Arapaho fry bread, etc. The book has a glossary, index, and resource section with websites and books for further study. 128 pgs, pb. ~ Caryl

  • Item #: 048662
    ISBN: 9780899570266
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.25

    From Columbus' exploration of America on October 12, 1492 to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, this book explains the history behind 42 memorable dates in our country's history. The historical significance behind each date is explained in a two to four page chapter. What sets this book apart is that the events are placed into the context of God's activity, using anecdotes, speeches, and excerpts from sermons taken from the time period covered in each chapter. For example, the D-Day (1944) chapter includes President Roosevelt's prayer for the soldiers and their families, and the Kent State University Shootings chapter (1970) recounts how a religious revival took place at Asbury College in Kentucky. Some of the other events covered in this book are the Mayflower Compact (1620), the Constitution (1787), the Wright Brothers' First Flight (1903), World War I (1914-18), and the Fall of Communism (1989). Notes at the end of each chapter provide bibliographical (or website) references. By Rebecca Price Janney. 175 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa