Category Archive: Book Reviews

Articles featuring a specific book, or a several books on a similar topic

Apr 17

A Failed Conspiracy against a Tyrant

Nero first attempted to kill his mother by wrecking her boat at sea.

The executioner advanced and laid his hand on the prisoner’s shoulder. He started at the touch, and grew ghastly pale. “Caesar,” he cried, appealing as a last chance to the feelings of the Emperor, “Caesar, we were once friends, and worshipped the Muses together. Will you suffer this?” Nero only smiled. He had long ago steeled his heart against pity. Lucan he hated with that especially bitter hatred which wounded vanity sometimes inspires. Then the unhappy man’s courage broke down. “Stop!” he cried, “I will confess. I am guilty of conspiring against the Emperor.”

Dec 18

Which Children’s Bible is Right for Your Family?

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These stories from the Bible, simplified for children, are a treasure trove of historical information as well as moral instruction. Many Biblical characters symbolize universal virtues, vices and moral difficulties, and their stories communicate truths about human nature that are well understood even by young children.

Dec 14

James Baldwin’s Famous Stories Retold

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Baldwin’s stories are highly anecdotal in nature, and many have a gentle moral. They do not tell complete histories or biographies, but usually only touch upon a single anecdote in a famous person’s life. For example, the stories of “Columbus and the Egg”, and “Bruce and the Spider”, tell only of a single incident in the lives of these famous characters, but at a level of great interest to a young reader. The stories are selected to lay the foundation for broader studies, since nearly all are alluded to frequently in literary, as well as historical works.

Dec 11

Ten New Books added to the Heritage Library

This Children’s Bible is a true classic, and was a favorite in many American homes for decades. The authors were renouned scholars of biblical literature, and every section of the Bible is rendered with great care to preserve Biblical accuracy while retelling the most important stories in common language. This second volume of the Children’s Bible covers the New Testament, from the Birth of Christ, to the Acts of the Apostles, ending with Stories from the Epistles of Paul, James, and John. . . . perfect for daily reading, family reading, or reference.

Nov 06

November FREE e-Book: Story of the Pilgrims

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Stories of the Pilgrims, by Margaret Pumphrey, is a family favorite, perfect for read-aloud in the weeks before Thanksgiving. It tells the dramatic story of the Pilgrim families who embarked for America on the Mayflower in search of religious freedom. Beginning at their first home in Scrooby, England, the book follows the family of William Brewster, first to Holland and then to the New World, where they endured great hardships in the years leading up to the first Thanksgiving celebration.

Oct 26

A True Hero of Exploration: The Adventures of Magellan

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The story of Magellan’s voyage around the world is one of almost uninterrupted adventure and peril. His men faced harrowing hardships, storms, mutiny, disease, starvation, sunstroke, shipwreck, cowardice and desertion, treachery, savage warfare, and vicious national jealousies. Yet at great cost they prevailed over all obstacles and after three year’s one of Magellan’s ships returned to Spain with only 18 of the 250 who set forth. This book follows one of the greatest adventure stories of all time and introduces dozens of fascinating indigenous peoples the Spanish encountered in their voyages.

Oct 22

The Hero of Trafalgar: The Story of Horatio Nelson

They have done for me at last, Hardy . . . . my backbone is shot through.

His object was, as ever, destruction, and complete destruction, of the enemy, no matter what loss he himself might sustain. “In cases where signals cannot be seen or clearly understood, no captain can do wrong if he places his ship alongside that of an enemy.” were his orders to the fleet. . . Before entering …

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Oct 16

Homer’s Epic Simplified: The Iliad for Boys and Girls

Achilles drags the body of Hector around the walls of Troy.

Achilles answered: “I will do as you bid; for he who hears the gods is heard by them.” So he thrust back his sword into the scabbard, and Athené went back to Olympus. Then he turned to Agamemnon and cried: “Drunkard with the eyes of a dog and the heart of a deer, hear what I tell you now. See this scepter that I have in my hand. Once it was the branch of a tree; now a king carries it in his hand. As surely as it will never more shoot forth in leaves, so surely will the Greeks one day miss Achilles. And you, when you see your people falling by the swords of the Trojans, will be sorry that you have done this wrong to the bravest man in your army.” And he dashed the scepter on the ground and sat down.

Oct 12

Moslem History: Barbary Rovers

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The Moors were brave, daring, and skillful seamen. They knew every inch of the waters between Morocco and Spain . . . For the Barbary coast might have been designed for the refuge of the light galleys which the Moorish pirates used. It was a coast full of creeks, of small harbors, of broad lagoons whose waters were of little depth. But everywhere the pirate galleys, which drew little water, could run in and lie in safety, and this was a great advantage when the rovers were fleeing from a heavy Spanish war galley which dared not venture into the shallow water.

Oct 08

October Give-away: Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare

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This Book includes twenty romantic stories, each based on one of Shakespeare’s plays. These beautifully illustrated stories are retold in lively prose by an extraordinary storyteller, who makes the Bard’s greatest dramas accessible to young people. Edith Nesbit was a popular children’s writer of the early 20th century and her graceful, vivid retellings are the perfect introduction to Shakespeare’s works. The plays represented in Nesbit’s collection include Shakespeare’s most famous comedies and tragedies but only a few of his historical works.

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