Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ten Girls From History Ebook - A Review

Ten Girls From History Ebook - $12

Ten Girls From History Printed Book - $20

Ten Girls From History MP3 Audio - $20

By Kate Dickinson Sweetser, Edited by Amy Puetz

Published by Golden Prairie Press

Ages 10 and Up

Table of Contents and some sample pages...

About Amy Puetz:
Amy is a homeschool graduate and the owner of Golden Prairie Press.  She is the author of several history-related books and the publisher of a bi-monthly e-zine, "Heroines of the Past."

About Ten Girls from History (from the website):
Prepare to befriend ten of the bravest girls of history! Whether facing a band of Indians with Madeleine; or saving lives at sea with Ida Lewis; or experiencing the battlefields of the Civil War with Clara Barton, you will be inspired by their faith, courage, and devotion.

Girls of all ages will enjoy meeting these ten remarkable girls from the past, and parents will appreciate the godly examples found in these pages. Both inspirational and entertaining, this book will bring history alive for your family.

Each chapter dramatizes the life and accomplishments of these ten girls:

Louisa May Alcott: Author of Little Women
Clara Barton: The Angel of the Battlefield
Molly Pitcher: The Brave Gunner of the Battle of Monmouth
Cofachiqui: An Indian Princess
Madeleine De Vercheres: The Heroine of Castle Dangerous
Dorothy Quincy: A Girl of the American Revolution
Ida Lewis: The Heroine of Lime Rock Lighthouse
Elizabeth Van Lew: The Girl who Risked all for the Union
Virginia Reed: Midnight Heroine of the Plains
Clara Morris: The Girl who Won Fame as an Actress

Prices on website reflect discount

Other products are available at the online store, including the America the Beautiful history curriculum.

Our Thoughts:

This is the way that I like to teach history, with living books and biographies.  I'm not a fan of textbooks, as far as history goes.  I would rather learn about history from the people who have a passion for it, from people who have a thorough knowledge of the subject they are writing about.

This book is a good choice because it tells about young girls who have done great things.  You not only learn about what they did, but a little about their character and their thought processes. This is inspiring for my three daughters.  It helps show them that you don't have to wait until you are all grown-up to do great things, to make a difference.  

The book has an interesting mix of girls in the stories.  Some we have heard of before, but definitely could use the reminder . . . girls like Clara Barton.  Others' names were brand new to us and learning of their challenges and victories was a new journey of learning for us . . . girls like Madeleine De Vercheres of the Castle Dangerous.

The book includes pictures, a glossary, and a timeline.

I have been enjoying the stories and so have my daughters.  We reviewed the Ebook, and I used it as a read-aloud off of my phone.  I took turns letting my daughters pick the order in which to read about the ten girls.  Of course, my 13 year old picked the Castle Dangerous first.  I had a feeling she would since it mentioned a castle.  What a great story about a very brave girl, and the castle truly was dangerous.  My 11 year old picked a story about a childhood actress, not surprising since both of my daughters are involved in drama.  What an inspiring story of a young girl who pulls herself up out of the ashes of poverty.

There are several other books in this series.  I look forward to reading them along with my children.  I can't express the importance of books like these any better than the original author herself.  

"My first aim in bringing the lives of these ten girls from history
to the attention of the girls of today has been to inspire them to like
deeds of patriotism and courage. Second only to that purpose is a
desire to make young Americans realize as they read these true
stories of achievement along such widely varying lines of work,
that history is more thrilling than fiction, and that if they will turn
from these short sketches to the longer biographies from which the
facts of these stories have been taken, they will find interesting and
absorbing reading.
May the book accomplish its twofold object, and so justify its
publication at this time of the testing of all true Americans."
Kate Dickinson Sweetser
August 1, 1917

Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge, as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.


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