This book is #35 in The American Adventure Series. This book is set in Minneapolis, MN in 1916-1917 just as "The Great War" (which is what WWI was called at the time) was heating up. The story follows fictional families, but has them interact with and experience historical events. Some of the historical occurrences include the disagreements in America regarding whether or not the US should join the conflict, German U-boats blowing merchant vessels out of the water, young men joining the American Field Ambulance and other volunteer groups supporting the war effort, the declaration of war on Germany and the discrimination German Americans became subject to as our country organized for the war effort.
I have already read Heaven by the same author, so I was excited to read this new book about Happiness. I will say upfront, I don't care for the 60-day format of questions and answers because I never remember to do it daily and would rather digest a large chunk of information that flows well than bounce from thought to thought. However, since I knew this book was in that format when I ordered it, I would not rate it less based on my personal preference. I wanted to read this book because it is the in-between size book on the subject (275 pages approx. 5x7"). There is a 90 page book titled, "God's Promise of Happiness" and a full-size book titled simply "Happiness" which is 450 pages.
This children's book from Tyndale uses the same style of rhyming, repetitive verse as the popular book "The House That Jack Built." My children enjoyed that book, so I was excited to read them "A Patch on the Peak of Ararat." Unfortunately, we were disappointed in this book for a couple of main reasons.
This book is #33 in The American Adventure Series. Set in the early 1900s in Minneapolis, MN, this book discusses the effects of the gramophone, particularly the introduction of ragtime music to family homes. John Philip Sousa, famous musician and composer of "Stars and Stripes Forever" is quoted and discussed as the main characters are boys who participate in band and look up to his example. Some of the character issues addressed in this book include adjusting to being a blended family (having a step-parent), how to respond when friends become jealous or unkind toward us, how to be mindful of others needs, and exercising self-control and discipline to meet a goal despite unhealthy peer pressures.
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In this book, the children have been expressly told not to spend time with, or even be around newsboys, or other children of the 'rougher' sort that ran around without their parents and perhaps with disregard to social standards for behavior. When a newsboy helps Esther get home after she sprains her foot/ankle, she's unsure how her parents will react. She and her cousin, Ted, slowly become friends with him and discover he only works as a newsboy because his father was injured at the railroad and then lost his job. Humor keeps the book from being too serious or negative because Esther is forever finding herself in situations where she's scolded for unladylike behavior. She's a clumsy girl with good intentions and as the book wears on, she does discover a need to be more mindful of her behavior around others. She also demonstrates humility when being corrected or embarrassed.
The children travel with family to the Chicago World's Fair and discussion of the exhibits they viewed could lead to fascinating research or unit studies about the time period. From farming, to women's rights, to a towering Ferris Wheel, there is much to see during their visit. Returning home from the fair, the gravity of the unemployment situation bothers the children and Esther comes up with a way to help families who are having a hard time getting enough food. Eventually, the city takes more notice and begins to tally the number of unemployed and plans are made to help assist these families.
We use these books as part of our homeschool history to give the children a broad overview and spark their interest in American History. I've been very pleased with them and have only discovered a few books which had plots or content a bit too intense for my 6 and 4 year olds. All have been very appropriate for my 4th grader and enjoyable for me to read as an adult. I've learned a lot through this series that I hadn't learned in school and it's much more pleasurable than memorizing dates or watching a dry documentary.
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Love this girl's writing... feels like she's a long distance friend. Well, her sister is my long-distance friend, so that probably helps. Either way, what an inspiration and encouragement- you just need to check out some of the places life has taken Leah and be strengthened and inspired by the love that oozes (yes, oooozes) from her heart for Jesus, His people and His creation!
If you like nummy recipes, or have special dietary needs (or both!) check it out. ALL of her recipes are Vegan, and many can be made gluten-free. I stumbled upon it when searching for dairy/egg free treats to make for my kiddo and have gotten hooked on several recipes. Okay, "hooked on" doesn't portray it well enough. How about "addicted to"? That's more fitting. Will definitely be going back for more!