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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
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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 #: 012769
    ISBN: 9781600790478
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    Keyed to each story in Heritage of Our Country, this 3-ring binder is crammed with fun things to do. It includes puzzles, fun activities, and coloring pages that correspond to the stories. Includes story line and answer key.

  • Item #: 017160
    ISBN: 9781600790287
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    Columbus, Pilgrims, the U.S. flag, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Walter Reed, Booker T. Washington, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh.

  • Item #: 061430
    ISBN: 9780310734857
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  • Item #: 000288
    ISBN: 9781516991105
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      A country, state, and civics study for middle school students written by Angela O’Dell. The four included unit studies are designed for students to create a recorded notebook on US geography, government and symbols, state and city government, and their home state. Necessary resources include National Geographic’s Kids Atlas of the USA; Eat Your Way Around the USA; some state pictures for the region you’re studying; and markers/pencils. The appendix includes supplemental suggestions for books, DVDs and Web resources. Non-reproducible, 186 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 029921
    ISBN: 9780307010858
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    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 #: 006757
    ISBN: 9780880621397
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    Another fascinating Bible history book by Ruth Beechick, author of Adam and His Kin. The product of much research and knowledge of ancient history and the Bible, it is suitable for teens or adults as a short course in ancient history. But, more than that, it is the story of truth - and how that truth has come to be perverted through history. It is the story of righteous and wicked men and kings. It is the story of civilizations - how and where they sprung up and flourished. It's the story of our roots. The historical and literary evidences of Biblical truth, the tracing of the recorded truth that eventually became our Bible, and the chronology of our "family tree" are masterfully woven together in this extremely readable text. Throughout Ruth's narrative, we can see the origins of false religions and flawed world views. Taking us through Genesis 1-11, it contains six units, corresponding to the "books" written by the earliest recorders of history. Using the King James translation, each unit begins with the actual Scripture to read. A Scripture study includes activities to help students understand the reading - activities such as drawing maps, listing genealogies, memorizing key verses, noting specific words used, comparing the reading to other Scriptures, etc. Topic studies address particular references in the Scripture reading and expand on them, using historic, literary, and linguistic sources. Ruth's many insights and expert compilation of information make these studies engrossing. Each topic is followed by questions that can be answered orally or in writing. Further study has the student do a little research and reporting of his own. In these sections, source books and other readings are recommended. There are also suggestions for several correlating writing projects. If using the study with several students, you may want to assign each a different one. Other types of activities are also included, varying by unit. The book is recommended for use independently for junior high and up, or for a family study with children of all ages. I know my eight-year-old would enjoy this study as much (or more) as my older children. I would be surprised if parents purchasing this book as an independent course for their older children didn't end up reading it from cover to cover themselves.

  • Item #: 067760
    ISBN: 9781426326851
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  • Item #: 026972
    ISBN: 9780890514122
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    This fascinating book explores many different facets of mathematics, and is an intriguing read for anyone - whether or not they enjoy the actual subject! It begins with a chapter which discusses the calendar - how it came about, problems and changes that were corrected and re-corrected, how the months were named and the days were divided amongst them, different people who influenced the calendar, and finally the system that we have today. Did you know that our calendar will have to be adjusted again, assuming we reach the year 5329? By then, our current calendar will be off an entire day. The text is so interesting it's hard not to just keep reading. Throughout the text, questions, puzzles, and problems are offered as a challenge for students. Some of the topics covered include measuring, practical mathematics, number names and patterns, endless numbers, math for scientists, and computing machines. Lots of history is given with each topic, so students learn not only about the concepts but how they were formed and developed over time to give us the functions we commonly use today. An excellent supplement to any math curriculum, reading a chapter from this book would provide an excellent break from the daily math lessons. 157 pgs. - Melissa

  • Item #: 003589
    ISBN: 9780825137709
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    Have your children's interests been piqued by all the "It's the Economy, Stupid" discussions revolving around the Presidential scandal? I didn't think so, but if you want a short course that will teach them about the workings of our economy anyway, here it is. This student worktext explains basic economic theory, discusses how the economy effects our lives, touches on our relationship with the economy of the world, and explores consumer economics. Economic concepts presented include Supply and Demand; The Stock Market; Money and Banking; Credit, Debt, and Savings; Inflation, Recession, and Depression; Taxation; The Role of Government Spending and Borrowing; and The Interaction of Business, Labor, and Government. The text is interactive, with questions for students to respond to quesas they read. The questions and exercises are well-conceived and thought-provoking, helping students think critically and develop an understanding of how the concepts presented apply to their lives. A chapter on The Economy and You brings it even closer to home, covering personal and family finance. Includes an assessment test, answers, and a glossary. This course will take 9 weeks or so to complete.

  • Item #: 020870
    ISBN: 9780883881408
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    This coloring book will help familiarize you with all 43 presidents. George Washington to George W. Bush, they're all here - along with a significant quote each president made at some time during his presidency.

  • Item #: 007797
    ISBN: 9780824959043
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    This book contains "Speeches, Documents, and Writings That Moved Our Country." Within the pages of this paperback book are familiar compositions such as Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address," and the "Declaration of Independence." However, there are also some less familiar compositions, such as George Washington's "Farewell Address," Franklin D. Roosevelt's "First Inaugural Address," and Ronald Reagan's "Tear Down this Wall" speech. There are many famous patriotic poems, songs, and prose recorded for you to reflect on and enjoy as well. After each inspiring piece is a short explanation of the circumstances and events that influenced the person writing the composition. The writings are also accompanied by historical paintings and photos that help visually tell our country's history. Overall, there is a lot of history packed into one small book. Unique and inspiring. 80 pgs. – elise

  • Item #: 031794
    ISBN: 9781628630916
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    This unit study takes the hands-on, multi-disciplinary approach of Galloping the Globe and applies it to U.S. geography. This course is intended to teach students about the fifty states and the District of Columbia through six different subject areas and a couple of informational paragraphs. Each subject has a very state-specific application: geography – physical and topical forms located in the state; science – state trees, birds, flowers, rocks/minerals, and many other science related topics that are important to each state; language arts – based on the preamble for each state's constitution; history/biography – historical figures, leaders, authors, artists, and others connected to the state; literature – set in the states, written by an author from the state, or relating to some other aspect of the state; and Bible – using the motto for each state to help in character development. There are also mapping activities and hands-on projects for each state, as well as internet resources that may be useful. A CD-ROM accompanies the book, including over 150 reproducible outline maps, word searches, crossword puzzles, and other puzzles and activities to be used throughout the study. The appendix of the book also contains reproducible forms for character traits (character study and development being an important aspect of this course), state symbols, state science charts, order of statehood, state report, recipes for making maps, biography report, animal report, geography dictionary, state flag pledges, state notebook, and travel & tourism information. As far as teaching tips, the first section contains overviews and tips on each of the subject areas, suggestions for the general activities, website resources, a more detailed language arts guide, teacher preparation points, and ideas for adapting the course for use by older students. Cantering the Country can be adapted to take anywhere from 1 to 3 years. 255 pgs, pb. ~ Zach

  • 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 #: 022555
    ISBN: 9780965326353
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    An excellent resource! This book was designed especially for students before they begin high school. The subtitle is "Stuff You Need to Know, and Mistakes You Need to Stop Making, Before You Step Foot into High School." It's an awesome book designed to ensure students know some relatively basic facts before they hit high school. For example, they should know the order of the planets, most of the more familiar presidents (although if they want to learn them all, they can do that here too), a basic timeline of world and U.S. events, how to find the diameter, radius and circumference of a circle, how to make subjects and verbs agree in sentences, at least five major artists and musicians, and the most famous works of some of the most famous authors in history. It sounds like a lot of information - and it is - but this book is in no way overwhelming. It is very non-threatening, with only about 70 pages including the introduction and other informational pages. The size isn't the only thing that is non-threatening -the text is written in very personable, often entertaining style from an author who doesn't want to bore students or surround them with long definitions, but really wants them to learn the basics to create a good foundation for their more advanced schooling. He speaks not in a know-it-all tone, but in a this-is-great-stuff-to-know manner. The book starts at the very broadest of issues, the universe, and works its way down to the smaller things like individual topics and famous people. Each topic is usually presented on a two-page spread, although some (like World History) take up a little more space. Here is a sampling of the spread and type of knowledge given on each topic, using the universe pages as an example. A column on the left side of the pages gives a brief overview to what we can know about the universe, and then we move on to "stuff you should know about your universe." This section provides a basic yet in depth summary of the universe, with important terms in bold. These bolded terms are Earth, the Solar System, star, galaxy, Milky Way, cluster, and light year. Enough information is given to students about each of them to give them a basic knowledge and understanding, sufficient but not enough to write a research paper about. The right hand page covers constellations, good terms to know such as black holes, nebula, and supernova, and finally a small section titled "Don't Make These Mistakes Anymore!" which tells students the difference between astronomy and astrology, what exactly a light year is (it is not a measure of time, but a distance), that the Earth and other planets revolve around the sun, which moves with the entire galaxy as it turns and moves through space, and what exactly an astronomical unit is. This same format (although it varies by topic) is used throughout the book to provide students with an excellent base for further learning. I know this is kind of a long list, but I want you to be able to see how complete this book actually is, so here is the table of contents: the Universe, the Solar System, Earth, Continents and Oceans, Countries and Cities, Islands and Mountains, Lakes and Rivers, U.S. Geography, Canadian Geography, World History, American History, U.S. Presidents, Canadian History, Math, Science, Writing and Grammar, Art and Music History, Literature, Major Religions, Languages, People, and Life and Miscellaneous. I think every pre-highschooler should definitely have access to and read a copy of this book, as well as any high school student or even beyond who would enjoy keeping a copy of the basics around. By the same author as 500 Keywords for the SAT, and How to Remember Them Forever and 100 Math Tips for the SAT, and How to Master Them Now! - Melissa

  • Item #: 041163
    ISBN: 9780805068313
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    This storybook is a fun supplement to any study of the States, or just funny to read for pure entertainment. Full-color pages give unique personalities to all the cartoony states, and kids will learn the shape and general area of each state simply by reading through the book. It's the story about two bored states (Kansas and Nebraska) who throw a party to meet other states. At the party, the states decide they will all switch places so they can see other parts of the country. All the states are excited until they spend some time in their new locations (for example, Florida and Minnesota switch spots and Florida freezes while Minnesota gets sunburn). In the end, the states decide they belong in their original places after all. The story is cute and funny, and little comments the states make add a lot of humor. In the back of the book, each cartoon state is shown along with facts of the state's nickname, capital city, square miles, and population. 40 pgs, pb. Also available in a book and CD set, read by actors Lorelei King and Oliver Wyman. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 014480
    ISBN: 9780805082265
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  • Item #: 040673
    ISBN: 9780890514931
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    This fascinating book by the author of Body by Design delves into the world of microbiology from a Christian perspective. Although many biologists look at microbes as clues to our evolutionary history, many Christian biologists see microbes as further evidence for an all-powerful, innovative Creator. Like other life forms, there are both helpful and harmful microorganisms in our world, and this book is designed to introduce the reader to the world of viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa. While discussing infectious disease and pathogens, it takes the stance that these are the result of a sinful world and were not part of God's original design. Ten textbook-like chapters cover: microbes and their unique design, useful bacteria, harmful bacteria, protists, fungi, viruses, the immune system, emerging diseases, the origins of disease, and future plagues and pestilence. Formatted similarly to a textbook, chapters are divided into segments with interesting "asides" and chapter summaries, and black-and-white illustrations and diagrams augment the text. A full page of true/false and multiple-choice questions for each chapter is found towards the end of the book, and a page of critical thinking questions has also been included. I also appreciate the appendix on bacterial genetics, as this is often covered in college courses and will be useful for students to become familiar with. A lengthy reference list, glossary, and index are also included. 188, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 059677
    ISBN: 9780794529581
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    What would your little one like to know about the Earth? Lift the flaps of all shapes and sizes to see the facts about our world: running rivers, fascinating forests, the watery world, the dry world, things we use and our extraordinary earth. 80 flaps hide interesting little tidbits of information on every page of this 13-page board book. See the steps of the water cycle or find who is lurking in the rain forest by lifting sturdy flaps to reveal “Our World.” ~ Donna

  • Item #: 020872
    ISBN: 9780883881323
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    Follow the development of our flag through history. Interesting text accompanies this fascinating colorable history from the Pilgrim era of America to modern times.

  • Item #: 010364
    ISBN: 9780764140211
    Retail: $6.99
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    Can you name the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution? What do they mean? This resource explains the Bill of Rights to young children. The first part of the book recounts the early history of our country, covering the Constitutional Convention, the three branches of government, and the enactment of the Constitution. Then it delves into the Bill of Rights. First, it briefly explains why Congress thought a Bill of Rights was necessary. Then it provides a short summary of each of the ten amendments. The text is very readable and gets the point across without overwhelming or boring its intended audience (not an easy task!) Simple two-color illustrations add visual interest. A glossary, index, and bibliography are included in the back. By Syl Sobel. 48 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 025027
    ISBN: 9780060512637
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    Welcome to life in the small, placid New Hampshire town of Grover's Corner. Throughout this three-part play, we learn details about the town, the families and individuals who live there. Their lives unfold before your eyes as they grow up, fall in love, get married, have children and pass away. It sounds like a simple play; however, the playwright, Thorton Wilder, makes an important and life-changing point in this American classic. This deeply moving, Pulitzer Prize-winning play is renowned throughout the world, and is frequently performed on the stage. 181 pgs, pb. ~ Elise

  • Item #: 006864
    ISBN: 9780310734215
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    Accessible. Informative. Practical. This section-by -section look at the U.S. Constitution is designed to provide background information and unpack the meaning of this document that has defined our country. The remarkable author, fourteen year old Juliette Turner, provides appropriate interpretative data to make the eighteenth century wording relevant to twenty-first century youth. For instance, Article I, Section 8, Clause 18 (the "Necessary and Proper" Clause) is first stated in its exact form. Then it's summarized with its "Bottom Line". Other sections that shed light on the passage include: "What Were They Thinking?", "Why Should I Care?", "Breakin' It Down", "How Can I Make a Difference?", and "What Has It Done For Me Lately?" Sidebar information includes a brief historical footnote about why Thomas Jefferson was against this clause and his illustration of how it could be misused. An interesting aspect of this book is the thought-provoking questions it poses. For instance, after mentioning a recent related Supreme Court case, it then asks the question of whether Jefferson's fears were justified. The overall format of the book contributes to its understandability. Information is broken down into manageable portions, and graphics depicting certain types of information are consistent throughout the book. Thorough and comprehensive coverage, coupled with insightful analysis and practical application, makes this an excellent choice for a well-grounded study of the Constitution. 224 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 030640
    ISBN: 9780486437545
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    This Dover children's thrift edition tells the fascinating 15th century story of Jeanne d'Arc, a young farm girl who is called to lead the French army in the fight to free their country from the English.

  • Item #: 049592
    ISBN: 9781893103061
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    George Washington is one of the most inspirational historical figures in our nation's history. This book, written by Josephine Pollard, has captured the life of Washington and his many great virtues. While learning about the events of this life, children will also learn the true greatness of his character through his words and actions - his kindness, mercy, courage, and remarkable leadership and modesty. Although rich in vocabulary and description, the text is broken up into syllables so it can be enjoyed even by very early readers. A few full page, black and white illustrations are interspersed throughout the pages. 113 pages.

  • Item #: 007196
    ISBN: 9780394850108
    Retail: $22.99
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    We have many poetry books in our house. While we can't agree on which is best, this anthology is definitely one of our favorites! Compiled especially for children ages 5-12, it's a veritable treasure house of delightful poetry, both classic and contemporary. Charmingly illustrated by Arnold Loebel, the 572 poems (selected by Jack Prelutsky) are arranged in fourteen thematic sections. Not only an "award winner" at our house, this compendium has earned numerous distinguished awards from the American Library Association, Children's Editor's Choice, the International Reading Association, and School Library Journal. Ours is getting quite dog-eared - like any much-read book! Please note there is one small section that includes poems on "magic" and mythical creatures, such as trolls, goblins, ghosts, and witches, but little mention of Halloween is made in the seasonal and holiday section. 244 pgs, hc.

  • Item #: 033144
    ISBN: 9781842298008
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    Calligraphy means "beautiful writing" and this craft box set will help you discover this beautiful art form. This set is perfect for a creative individual who would like to get everything needed to start learning calligraphy. The pack comes complete with a hardcover instruction book, a Chinese paintbrush, pen holder and nibs, ink reservoirs, three small bottles of black ink, and metallic foils. The 64-page, full-color book provides an introduction to the European style of calligraphy in a very thorough and concise manner. You will learn how to use the equipment provided and how to master basic techniques. Six different styles of the alphabet are displayed for use in the many suggested projects. Learning fine penmanship has never been so much fun! ~ elise

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  • Item #: 019881
    ISBN: 9780974342573
    Retail: $19.00
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    All one needs to do is open the newspaper, listen to a political debate, watch a recent Hollywood film, or pay attention to any number of other things involving, or composed by, humans to understand that at the basis of every idea and thought are certain assumptions. These assumptions, and the beliefs that are connected to them, are, in essence, the worldview of the person holding them. This book, then, is essentially a look at worldviews and the values that spring from them to influence behavior and shape the culture in which we live. Author Christian Overman traces foundational assumptions all the way back to the ancient Greeks and examines the assumptions held in five key areas – God, creation, humanity, moral order, and purpose. The overall goal of the book is to "…help people better understand the times in which we live – so we will know what to do…" as in I Chronicles 12:32. A very practical and down-to-earth book that really brings an awareness of just how important those deeply held thoughts are. Chapters end with a short summary and a handful of thought provoking discussion questions. 192 pgs, paperback. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 007959
    ISBN: 9780921100881
    Retail: $12.95
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    Who says that Protestant church history isn't exciting? Or, as author Deborah Alcock puts it, it's full of romance, if we consider romance to consist of courage, high endurance, generous deeds, and "strong to tender affection". Through this book, she offers examples of true "romance" of the many martyrs of Protestantism in Europe throughout history. Chapters cover the history of Protestantism, the meaning of Protestantism, the story of Protestantism in Holland and in Bohemia, and finally, hindrances to our witness as Protestants. Throughout her very readable exploration of church history, we are treated to a plethora of anecdotes and stories about brave individuals from Protestant past, and are challenged to continue the "romance" today. Written about a hundred years ago, this is nonetheless as pertinent and exciting today as it was then. Although recommended for older grades for independent reading, this could be read aloud to younger children as well, especially as the "gory" details have been omitted. 186 pages, paperback - Jess