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The Snowy Day is a Caldecott Medal winner (1963) for it's beautiful illustrations. Little Peter wakes up to a snowy day in the city. Like children everywhere, Peter heads outside to explore and experience the pristine beauty: he makes footprints and snow angels, shakes the snow from a branch, and even tries to save a snowball for another day. The Snowy Day is one of the first award-winning books to feature an African-American child. Several reasons why homeschoolers will want to add this book to their homeschool library.
Based on the true story of the Pennsylvanian artist, Benjamin West learns how to be an artist through hard work, ingenuity, and submission. This would make an excellent addition to any study of early American history or PA history.
This Caldecott Award winning book (1957) explains the blessing of a tree: climb it, swing in it, admire it, take a nap under it, roll in it's leaves when they fall off. A charming book that can be used to remind children that all that God made is good.
The Long Winter is the 5th book in the classic series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This particular volume is my favorite in the series. It never ceases to amaze me how people survived as recently as when my own great grandmother was alive! An amazing story...and an award winner! If you are using "Prairie Primer," you'll need this book to complete the fifth unit. You can also use this in conjunction with TruthQuest Age of Revolution II.
Little Town on the Prairie is the 6th book in the classic series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It continues to follow the Ingalls family as they move into town for a brief time. As usual, the book is exciting, detailed about life in that era, and very entertaining.
These Happy Golden Years is the 7th book in the series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This title takes a new direction as Laura is now an almost-grown-up fifteen-year-old. Imagine your children holding down the responsibilities that young Laura did at this age: she was the town's school teacher! This book also introduces the romance between Laura and her husband-to-be, Almanzo Wilder. Another award-winner, your kids will love this book.
Paddle to the Sea is a classic, about a young Indian boy who carves a canoe that travels through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The text and pictures provide an excellent geographical and historical picture of the region. Paddle to the Sea is a wonderful addition to any home school library, and is a fun and imaginative way to learn some United States geography. Paddle to the Sea is a Caldecott Honor Book.
Tree in the Trail - The history of the Great Plains and the Santa Fe Trail is told in text and pictures by focusing on a cottonwood tree and the events that happen around it. "The story of a cottonwood tree that watched the pageant of history on the Santa Fe Trail where it stood, a landmark to travelers and a peace-medicine tree to Indians, for over 200 years." -- Booklist
Seabird - Seabird is an ivory gull, carved by Ezra Born, youngest hand on an oldtime whaling vessel. Through Seabird's eyes, scenes of beauty, danger, and excitement from every ocean and from every age of American adventure are revealed. Seabird is the mascot for four generations of seafarers, aboard a whaler, a clipper ship, and an airplane.
This modern classic written by Francis Schaeffer should become a foundation for any study you do on worldviews and history. Mr. Schaeffer addresses key events in the rise and decline of western civilization and analyzes the reasons for modern society's state of affairs presenting the only viable alternative: living by the Christian ethic, acceptance of God's revelation, and total affirmation of the Bible’s truth, morals, values and meaning.
If you've never read a Genevieve Foster book, then you're in for a treat. Foster has this unique approach of teaching history horizontally - not just focusing on one character in one location, but looking at all the events and characters of a particular time period all over the world, and examining how they are all interconnected. So, when studying Augustus Caesar, Foster weaves a story of the world around her central character; including stories of scientific discovery and invention, music, literature, art, and religion. She has a keen intuition for stories that will especially delight and amuse her youthful audience.
America is off and running! She's settling in with her new presidents, and must show England (in the War of 1812) how serious she is about being a free nation. The wonderful values in America's Constitution fostered a surge of creativity and hard work, which helped kick off the Industrial Revolution in the U.S., and sent many more pioneers west.
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