Pollyanna

Pollyanna

Posted by Sarah Grace

This book is about a girl named Pollyanna. Pollyanna is an orphaned girl who goes to live with her strict aunt. Pollyanna loves carpets and pictures. When she gets to her aunt’s house, she finds a big surprise. Instead of finding carpets and pictures she finds a hot musty attic room (that is hers). All the other rooms were beautiful.

But Pollyanna and her ”Glad Game” find a way to be glad about everything. The ”Glad Game” all started when she wanted a doll from the missionary barrel (because her father was a pastor), but she got crutches instead of the doll she wanted. The good thing about that is, you can be glad that you are not the one that has to use those crutches. Pollyanna is able to transform the sick, the lonely, and the plain miserable with her  “Glad Game.” For instance the lonely Mr. Pendelton, the sick Mrs. Snow, I’m not sure I know one for the miserable but I’m sure there is one! Anyway I liked this book because Pollyanna is so friendly and she tries to make everyone else friendly.

The Story of Dr. Dolittle

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Posted by Sarah Grace

Once there was a man named Doctor Dolittle. He loved animals. He got so many animals that he grew very poor from having to buy food for all of them. His sister (who was his housekeeper) got very angry with him for being so poor. She said ”I’m not going to be your housekeeper any more if you do not quit buying animals.” He even had some white mice inside of his piano!

Dr. Dolittle was a people doctor not a veterinarian. Later he decided he wanted to be a veterinarian. He also had a parrot that taught him how to speak animal talk! Everybody brought their animals to Dr. Dolittle. For instance, there was a horse that was having trouble with his eyes. The people who owned the horse had brought him to several different veterinarians but none of them could speak animal talk. The horse told Doctor Dolittle what he really needed.

He said ” I need some sun shades!”

Doctor Dolittle said ” O.K. I will get you some sun shades!”

The horse got sun shades and he got better.

Then you will go with Doctor Dolittle as he goes across the ocean to be with some sick monkeys and becomes famous!

I liked this book because it was exciting. I looked forward to reading it everyday until it was finished. I like exciting books.

The Kingdom & Knights of Arrethtrae Series

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Posted by Seth

These books retell parts of the Bible in a way that will hold even the least interested of kids in their grasp until they are done reading. In the first book,  Kingdom’s Dawn, the knight Sir Cedric retells the story of his mentor, Leinad. Leinad’s father Peyton was given a kingdom by the King, but him and his wife Dinan fell to temptation, and their kingdom was ransacked and then burnt by the Dark Knight and his evil Shadow Warriors. This book follows the life of Leinad and his faithful friend Tess,  as they strive to live a life worthy to the King.

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Kingdom’s Hope, the second book in the series, continues to follow Leinad’s life as he tries to free his people from Lord Fairos who has captured them and put them to work as slaves in his castle. Fairos refuses to let the people go, and three ferocious duels between the castle Lord and former slave must take place before the people are released.

The third book, Kingdom’s Edge, has the central character of Cedric, who was a peasant until he met the Prince. The Prince chooses twenty-five men, including Cedric to follow him to the hills where he trains them to become master swordsmen. To the Followers’ dismay, the Noble Knights hang the Prince on a tree, but He rises again! Follow the Knights of the Prince in this book as they stand strong for the King and his Son.

Kingdom’s Call is about Sir Gavin, a noble knight who begins to think that there is something more in life than what he is doing.  Join him as he struggles to find answers and eventually meets the Prince himself.

Kingdom’s Quest continues Gavin’s story as the Prince sends him on a mission with his name now changed to Gavinaugh. Journey along with him as he does battle with a massive Shadow Warrior named Devinoux, and defeats the Tarmunth dragon.

Kingdom’s Reign goes back to Cedric as the Prince has called his faithful knights to come to his Kingdom which is across the Great Sea. Cedric journeys with the Prince in his great ship, then after spending some time in the Kingdom, returns with him and his great army to give battle to the Dark Knight.

Now let’s move to the Knights of Arrethtrae series, also authored by Chuck Black.

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Book 1: Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione

Sir Kendrick has been assigned to be a mentor to a reckless young knight named Duncan. On their mission they encounter blood wolves, Sir Casimir, the evil Lord Ra, and a former Vincero Knight named Landor. When Duncan is captured and taken prisoner, Kendrick knows he must rescue him, but can he get past the blood wolves and the guards? And what’s more, can he get Duncan out of the castle in time to gather an army to defeat Lord Ra? And will he even be alive to fight in the approaching battle?

Book 2: Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court

Sir Bentley is a young, noble knight who is beginning to question what his future is going to hold. When Bentley is knighted as a Knight of the Prince, his mission is desperate, and he must get past the Ashen Knight along with a lake leviathan. Will he get out of these scrapes alive?

Book 3: Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart

Sir Dalton is a Knight of the Prince who has everything in the world going his direction when he is captured by a Shadow Warrior. He eventually escapes, and his life is changed by the Prince. He returns with an army to destroy Lord Drox and free his prisoners, but first he must get past the death ravens.

Book 4: Lady Carliss and the Waters of Morue

Lady Carliss was on her way home when she received an invitation from her friend Salina to return with her. But this simple expedition turns into a quest that will change her life forever.

Book 5: Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor

Quinlan is with the Swords of Valor for only a short time when a terrible tragedy occurs and the Valor Knights are scattered. Quinlan feels it is his calling to bring them back together in time to defeat Pathyon and his army of paythas, but will they trust him after what happened? (This is my favorite book out of both series.)

Book 6: Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest

Sir Rowan is a champion tournament knight, but the Prince quickly turns him into a mighty man for him.Will Rowan and Lijah survive against the endless sea of Shadow Warriors that Lucius is bringing against them?

These books are must reads if you like action and suspense.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

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Posted by Sarah Grace

Once there was a man named Mr. Popper. He was a painter and decorator. His favorite animals were penguins. One day a box came for Mr. Popper. He wondered what was inside of it. He opened the box and to his surprise there was a penguin in it! A South Pole penguin! He loved his penguin so much that he named the penguin Captain Cook.

One day Captain Cook got very sick. Mr. Popper was afraid that he was going to die! Mr. Popper decided to call someone who knew about penguins.

The person said that Captain Cook was missing his family, and that he had a penguin that was just as sick. The man said ”I will bring her over to your house. Her name is Greta.”

They put Captain Cook and Greta together and they got better. Captain Cook and Greta had lots of babies. That’s how they became famous!

I liked this book because it is very funny and because it is good for boys AND girls. If you have this book in your home you should definitely read it.

In Grandma’s Attic

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Posted by Sarah Grace

In Grandma’s Attic is a book about a girl named Mable and her brothers Roy and Reuben and their parents. This book has a lot of funny chapters in it. A lot of the chapters are about Mable as a little girl. For instance, when Mable went to buy shoes with her Ma she saw some little gray shoes. She loved the shoes so much that she lied about them! She said, ”Oh they fit just fine.” But they really didn’t. Ma said ”Are you sure Mable? You only get one pair of shoes for the winter.” Mable said ”I’m sure.” Then when Mable got them home she wore them for a few months. Then they grew too small so she had to wear some of her older brother’s shoes for the rest of the winter.

I liked this book because it has lots of girl things in it.  There are more Grandma’s Attic books, but this is the only one I’ve read.  I’m sure you will love this book if you ever bought it. I hope you like this book review.

Mom’s note: The Grandma’s Attic collection make good read-alouds.  The stories teach the rewards of virtuous behavior as well as the consequences of poor choices.  They are “moralistic” in nature, and some chapters contain Bible verses.  The stories are wholesome and many times humorous. I read these stories to Sarah Grace at age 6-7 and she (now 8) reads them alone.

The Boy Colonel and Brothers at Arms

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Posted by Seth

Both of these books are the kind where you sit down and an hour later you’re fifteen chapters in and your family is beginning to wonder where you are.

The back cover of The Boy Colonel says,

“The year is 1836. A mysterious young English colonel commands a crack regiment in the snowy wastes of Siberia. No one knows his history. No one knows his name. The Cossacks want him dead–but are they the only ones? It seems his worst enemy may wear an English uniform.

The Boy Colonel strives to perform his duty, but when that duty becomes mixed he must decide which sovereign-the king of England, or the God of the Bible. Treachery, intimidation, and deceit block his path. His choice of allegiance may mean the difference between life and death. Is he prepared to risk all to protect his loved ones?”  (The war in this book is fictional.)

The back cover of Brothers At Arms says,

” Lawrence and Chester Stoning are twins, but like Jacob and Esau of old they have little else in common. Lawrence is a realist, fascinated by the study of science, mathematics, and history, while Chester longs for knightly adventures of chivalrous times past-hard-fought battles, gold-filled caves, damsels in distress.

When Chester’s impetuosity engages the unlikely pair as bodyguards to a Spaniard and his beautiful ward Pacarina, the twins quickly realize that the 19th century calls for a chivalry of its own. Protecting Pacarina’s secret leads all of them into the steaming jungles and dizzying mountains of Peru, a foreboding territory made all the more dangerous by Lawrence and Chester’s strivings against each other.

Can the twins learn to  trust God and work together before it’s too late? Or will they fall prey to the mysterious schemes of Pacarina’s enemy– an enemy they know nothing about?”

            These are my two favorite fiction books ever. It doesn’t matter if you are a boy a girl, you will most likely love them. They are packed with action and suspense and they keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through. These are two books you won’t want to miss!

A Lost Pearle

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Posted by Savannah

A Lost Pearle is a suspenseful story.  From the first chapter you will be drawn into Pearle’s world, the beautiful bride whose upcoming wedding is eagerly anticipated by all her family and friends.  Imagine the dismay and horror on every face when Pearle descends the aisle, not on the arm of her fiancé, but with a man known by no one.  The unnatural gleam in his eye is enough to convince anyone that some kind of evil mischief is at hand.

Immediately following the wedding Pearle suddenly disappears.  She is searched for by her family, but cannot be found.

Who was the man that led Pearle to the altar?  How had she come to change her mind so drastically in so short a time, or had she been forced?  Where was she now?

Discover what happens to Pearle in the rest of the book, it will keep you on the edge of your seat!