For this review, we were provided with a Who Was? book of our choice, a CD from the Lifehouse Theater CDs series, and a gift card toward their Reinforced Hardcover Library Binding Nonfiction books.
With so many wonderful choices, it was hard to choose. We ended up going with What Was the Gold Rush? We love going to Dahlonega, GA, which was part of the Gold Rush, so this book was particularly interesting to our family. It was neat to hear about all the history behind the Gold Rush. Did you know the largest nugget weighed 195 pounds? That would be an amazing find! This book also has copies of scanned documents and pictures of real miners! It puts forth history in a fun and interesting way, which really appealed to our kids.
The Who Was? series of books are normally $5.99, but are currently on sale for $2.89 each through Library and Educational Services LLC! In fact, their books are all 30-70% off list price daily!
For our Lifehouse Theater CDs series choice, we chose Rikki Tikki Tavi because my son recently played Rikki Tikki in his homeschool co-op play. As a family, we sat down and listened to the audio drama. Lifehouse Theater did a great job in bringing this to life with the sound effects and great story-telling.
To use our gift card, we needed to put it toward their Reinforced Hardcover Library Binding Nonfiction books. The first set we chose was Animal Detectives: Police Dogs and Animal Detectives: Military Dolphins. I honestly had no idea that Military Dolphins were a thing! They can be used to help ships know if there are submarines or bombs under the water.
Since we are studying American History with our kids this year, I went with the book sets, The True History of the Wild West and Stories in American History. These are going to be wonderful additions to our homeschool room. With the wonderful library binding, I know they will last for many, many years.
One of my favorite books was Women in the West. I had heard of women such as Calamity Jane and Annie Oakley, but I also was able to learn about Cattle Kate, Poker Alice, and brave teachers like Catharine Beecher. Catharine Beecher started the Ladies’ Society for Promoting Education in the West, which encouraged the training of women to become teachers on the frontier!
The Amazing Underground Railroad was also super fascinating for us to read as a family. The kids were impressed on how everything was able to function and keep people hidden. It brought about great conversations during dinner time for our crew.
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