Saturday, August 25, 2012

Review: Ten Girls from History ~ Golden Prairie Press

At our house, history is a much loved subject. Both my daughter and I find it fascinating. Especially when you it learn about reading real books, as opposed to a dry text book. When the opportunity came up to review some books from Golden Prairie Press, we were eager to be picked.  Mackenzie was very excited to be selected to receive Ten Girls from History by Kate Dickinson Sweetser, edited by Amy Puetz.  

About Ten Girls from History

From the website:

Prepare to befriend ten of the bravest girls of history! Whether facing a band of Indians with Madeleine; or saving lives at sea with Ida Lewis; or experiencing the battlefields of the Civil War with Clara Barton, you will be inspired by their faith, courage, and devotion. Girls of all ages will enjoy meeting these ten remarkable girls from the past, and parents will appreciate the godly examples found in these pages. Both inspirational and entertaining, this book will bring history alive for your family.

Each chapter dramatizes the life and accomplishments of these ten girls:

Louisa May Alcott: Author of Little Women
Clara Barton: The Angel of the Battlefield
Molly Pitcher: The Brave Gunner of the Battle of Monmouth
Cofacachiqui: An Indian Princess
Madeleine De Vercheres: The Heroine of Castle Dangerous
Dorothy Quincy: A Girl of the American Revolution
Ida Lewis: The Heroine of Lime Rock Lighthouse
Elizabeth Van Lew: The Girl who Risked all for the Union
Virginia Reed: Midnight Heroine of the Plains
Clara Morris: The Girl who Won Fame as an Actress

Our Experience

We received the ebook version of the book which is available as an EPUB, MOBI, or PDF file. Easy to install on pretty much every e-reader out there. I chose the PDF file and I was able to load it on our Kindle and iPad with ease.

Since this review fell during our summer break, I just let Mackenzie go ahead and read it for fun. And she was totally happy to read this history book as pleasure reading. That alone says a lot about this book doesn't it?

What I really like about this book is that it allows today's girls to see that girls and woman have played important roles in history. Since the roles of woman were vastly different in the past, their contributions weren't always noted. It was nice to find a book to highlight those accomplishments. I also like how possible unknown vocabulary is highlighted throughout the book.

As for Mackenzie, she has really been enjoying the book. She said that it inspired her to stand up for herself more and it helped her realize that she could also help change or better the world. Her favorite story so far has been about Madeleine De Vercheres. She found it amazing that a young girl of 14 would not only be left in charge of a fort and defend it successfully from attack.

This book is just jam packed with dramatic, action packed stories that will inspire young girls on to greatness. I am looking forward to incorporating these stories into our regular history studies.



Age Range: 10 +

Price: $15.00 for ebook, $25.00 for print and MP3 audio book

And great news!!! They are currently 20% off through September 1. So they are going for $12.00 and $20.00

This was just one of four books reviewed by the Crew. Be sure to check out our reviews of other Golden Prairie Press products.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own or those of my family.

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