"Lights for Minneapolis" is #27 in The American Adventure Series. It is set in 1881 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The events and individuals covered in this book include James Hill (Head of the Great Northern Railroad) and the controversy and benefits of bringing electric lights into Minneapolis. Character issues brought up in this book included: learning to hear both sides of an argument, how to respectfully work through a difficult teen-parent relationship (or older child/preteen), acting out when you're upset and the consequences, and more.
I cannot say how impressed I am with the books in this series. We continue to be fascinated by the way history is brought to life in meaningful way that promotes curiosity and conversation and my children have also had the opportunity to gain empathy and wisdom when discussing the character issues addressed. Honestly, there is more substance for education in these books than in many curriculum lessons I've seen on the topics. I absolutely recommend these books to homeschoolers or others wanting their children to experience rich literature at a young age. Set the bar high for the books they read, it shapes them!
This book didn't have any content that was too advanced or intense for my sensitive and 4 year old boys and it provided a lot of food for thought for my 4th grade son as well. I live in MN and did not know much of the history presented in the books which are set in Minneapolis in this series. It's been a great learning experience for all of us and it's so enjoyable the kids think of it as story time rather than school time.
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