Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Return To Grandma's Attic: A Book Review

About The Books:

Grandma did what? You might be surprised. Back in the 1880’s, when she was a young girl named Mabel, trouble seemed to follow her everywhere. She and her best friend, Sarah Jane, had the best intentions at home and at school, but somehow clumsiness and mischief always seemed to intrude. Whether getting into a sticky mess with face cream, traveling to the big city, sneaking out to a birthday party or studying for the spelling bee, Mabel’s brilliant ideas only seemed to show how much she had to learn. And each of her mishaps turned into lessons in honesty, patience and responsibility.

Arleta Richardson’s beloved series, Grandma’s Attic, returns with Still More Stories from Grandma’s Attic and Treasures from Grandma’s Attic, the third and fourth books in the refreshed classic collection for girls ages 8 to 12. These compilations of tales recount humorous and poignant memories from Grandma Mabel’s childhood on a Michigan farm in the late 1800’s. Combining the warmth and spirit of Little House on the Prairie with a Christian focus, these books transport readers back to a simpler time to learn lessons surprisingly relevant in today’s world.

Even though these stories took place over a hundred years ago, there are some things about being a girl that never change. Just like Mabel, girls still want to be prettier or more independent. It’s all part of growing up. But the amazing thing is—Grandma felt the same way! Sometimes your brother teases you or someone you thought was a friend turns out to be insincere. Sometimes you’re certain you know better than your parents, only to discover to your horror that they might have been right. It’s all part of growing up.

Richardson’s wholesome stories have reached more than two million readers worldwide. Parents appreciate the godly values and character they promote while children love the captivating storytelling that recounts childhood memories of mischief and joy. These books are ideal for homes, schools, libraries or gifts and are certain to be treasured. So return to Grandma’s attic, where true tales of yesteryear bring timeless lessons for today, combining the appeal of historical fiction for girls with the truth of God’s Word. Each captivating story promotes godly character and values with humor, understanding and warmth.

About The Author:

The late Arleta Richardson grew up an only child in Chicago, living in a hotel on the shores of Lake Michigan. Under the care of her maternal grandmother, she listened for hours to stories from her grandmother’s childhood. With unusual recall, Arleta began to write these stories for an audience that now numbers over two million. “My grandmother would be amazed to know her stories have gone around the world,” Arleta said.

My Review:

These are the perfect book for the young historical fiction reader in your home. In fact, can I say it already - both Treasures From Grandma's Attic and Still More Stories From Grandma's Attic would be fantastic book choices for Christmas.

Each book is loaded with adventures galore, and characters that your child will adore and more importantly, relate to.  Treasures From Grandma's Attic has 15 stories, while Still More Stories contains 14, providing hours of reading for any young person. As the description above states, these books are similar in style to the Little House books, and also are perfect for homeschooling families. Perfect stories with solid Biblical worldviews that you would not be ashamed of your child reading, and themes that stand the test of time. I have tried reading these stories to my five year old and her attention span is not quite ready but pretty sure in the next year or so, it will be a great way for her and I to spend some time together reading. 

I highly recommend these books and give them a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Treasures From Grandma's Attic and Still More Stories From Grandma's Attic at your favorite bookseller from David C. Cook

***I received a complimentary copy of the above books, courtesy of The B and B Media Group and David C. Cook, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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