The American Adventure Series is one of our favorite series for read-alouds. We are learning so much while being entertained. This book is #40 and we've enjoyed them all up to this point. Set in Minneapolis, Minnesota during the roaring twenties and the Prohibition era, this book touches on more than just bootlegging. The social scene was changing quickly as girls and women began wearing bobbed hairstyles and shorter dresses. Dance marathons took place and advances in flight allowed for the famous first solo flight across the Atlantic by Charles Lindbergh in 1927.
In addition to the natural way in which historical events and famous persons are introduced in this series, there are also wonderful moral lessons developed through the characters and plot. This book presents a teenage boy getting his first job, learning to manage his money and balance his time and commitments. His cousin and close friend seems to be hanging out with a different crowd, which has him concerned. Should he intervene? How much intervention is the right amount? Are his suspicions about her friends enough to merit talking to her parents, or should he continue to try reasoning directly with her? Concerns are brought up in a respectful, realistic manner. These books have held the attention of my 3 boys very well despite them ranging from early to late elementary. I'm not bored when I read them, and I read a lot of kids' literature!
These are excellent fictional history books to get any elementary or middle school boy or girl interested in American History. I enjoy reading them aloud to my pre-k through 4th grade sons. These books are wonderful if read in order, but they can be enjoyed out of order or by just reading a single book if one in particular fits a topic you're interested in. They paint a good picture of what life may have been like during different significant events in the history of our nation. This book in particular is dealing with WWI, which was then referred to as "The Great War."
For the sake of time, I will be reviewing this audio Bible without giving much detail on this particular New Living Translation. If you are interested in comparing translations or wonder why I would bring that up from the start, check my review of the NLT Illustrated Study Bible. To the point: I could recommend this as a supplement, but read text along with it, cross-reference, rely on a more solid translation to get your doctrine.
Intro aside, I appreciate that these are CDs and not MP3s. We still primarily listen to music from a CD player or radio at our home. While I can play CDs on my computer, I cannot play MP3s in our CD player so CDs are more useful and versatile for us. You may have noticed this is called a "dramatic audio experience." Fancy terms, but it makes a big difference in listening. There are some audio Bibles that are narrated by a single voice the entire Bible through. The BREATHE Bible is not, hence all the pics of the beautiful people on the front. Multiple voice actors worked together in making this so it is a bit like listening to a movie.
One serious error I believe they've made is to rely on the fact that the listener will recognize and correctly identify the party speaking by the sound of their voice alone. In some instances, they do not tell us who is speaking and we could be left guessing incorrectly. For example, Christ's transfiguration is being described in Matthew 17:1-5. If you were reading a printed Bible, you would have no doubt that in verse 4, Peter is speaking to Jesus. Here are the verses as found in the KJV:
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