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Book Review: Our America…The King Philip’s War

Susan KIlbride’s second book in her Our America series is titled, The King Philip’s War.

Our America....The King Philip's War Adventure (Volume 2)

Summary: Finn & Ginny’s parents are lost back in time, and the two young twins have decided to take a second trip back to early America to find them. In The Pilgrim Adventure they had found themselves living on the Mayflower, but this time they get caught up in the horrors of King Philip’s War.

I am not going to say much more about the story itself because I don’t want to spoil it for you. What I can tell you is that Sue has written another wonderful living history book. This is one war I wasn’t familiar with at all, so I was glad to read about it. Due to the nature of the book, the horrors of war, the book is recommended for ages 10+. Kilbride doesn’t go into graphic detail about the useless killing, but it is mentioned several times to properly tell the story. If your child is very sensitive, I suggest you read the story first, then decide if you think your child can handle it.

Sue waves great historical detail into the story in such a realistic way. Finn and Ginny meet many ancestors who are actually real ancestors of Kilbride. I think her sense of writing sort of her own personal history made the book even more interesting for this reader. It caused me to think about my ancestors. This would be a great way to introduce genealogy to your child.

The back of the book includes a timeline from July 1662 through August 1676. There are also several pages of really interesting historical notes, but that’s not all, Sue offers neat  hands-on activities that match this history study at her website Funtastic Unit Studies. The activity page is completely free. I highly suggest you check the page before reading the book so you will have the necessary materials on hand when you get to those particular activities.

I look forward to following Finn and Ginny on their next adventure as they continue the search for their parents. I know wherever Sue takes us, we will be sure to learn something we didn’t already know.

This wonderful living history book is on sale at Please take a moment to read the reviews on her past two books, Our America…The Pilgrim Adventure and Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers.


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Virtual Homeschool Book Release & Giveaway

Are your children tired of reading popular books with a public school setting? maintains lists of books and stories about and by homeschoolers, along with book reviews, study guides, and other fun related material!

On Wednesday, November 16, will host its first ever virtual book release event! This event will highlight two new books being released by publisher Do Life Right, Inc., which focuses on books written by and for homeschoolers. The first 50 visitors to the online event page will also receive a free Kindle eBook from the publisher!

Visit on November 16 to read reviews of “The Howling Vowels” and “Fractured Fate”, meet the authors via online video, play online games, and participate in free giveaways throughout the day!


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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

In 1996, Dolly Parton made an important and lasting decision to help the kids in her home county in east Tennessee. Dolly wanted to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. She figured that all the kids needed books, even those families who were struggling financially. 

She decided to mail a brand new book each month to every child under 5 in her county. What lucky kids, and how exciting that they receive something just for them in the mailbox.  The best part is that the program doesn’t stop there. The child continues to receive a book each month until they turn five years old. On their fifth birthday, they are sent, Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come

You can bet this has been a huge success. Other communities realized how important the Imagination Library is to children and wanted to give the kids in their community the same opportunity.

Dolly decided her Foundation should develop a way for other communities to take part. The Foundation asked a blue ribbon panel of experts to select just the right books and secured Penguin Group USA to be the exclusive publisher for the Imagination Library. Moreover a database was built to keep track of the information.

In March of 2000, Dolly revealed her plan for other communities to take part in this great gift to children. 

To find out if the program is available in your area, simply enter your zip code on the home page. If you are interested in setting up the Imagination Library in your county, click here.  

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Posted by on June 2, 2011 in Giveaways/Freebies, Kids


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I Can Do It, Too!

I Can Write a Novel!

Eragon; The Seer; Little Women; Ironheart; Nim’s Island; The Railway Children; The Lost Da Vincis; Surviving the Applewhites; Gunrunner Moon; Heartsongs; All Mixed Up!; The Lion, The Witch and, The Wardrobe; Peter Rabbit tales; Jess (An American Girl Today); Baby Kong…What do these books all have in common? They are all written by homeschoolers or pertain to homeschooling specifically. Surprised? Homeschooling is not new, nor a surprise, however, the idea of homeschool literature is a new thought for many. How many times have you heard your child say, “Why do I have to learn this?” Showing your student books written by other home educated children or books that explore the life of homeschooled kids may encourage them to see the endless possibilities given them. It might open their eyes to the potential hidden inside of them. It might create excitement to begin a novel of their own! How great would that be?

My daughter loves Eragon! When I told her a homeschool student wrote the book, she became very excited and decided she too could write a novel. I couldn’t have instilled that burning desire in her if I wanted. She came to that decision all because another home educated kid was able to do it, so by golly, she would be able to do it, too! She set off to write her first story right away. I must say I am impressed by her diligence, and the quality of her story. She hasn’t finished the novel yet, but she does work on it off and on. I am thrilled she wants to explore something that I didn’t have to push or prod to get started.

Try incorporating books by homeschoolers or books about homeschoolers in your lessons. It can’t hurt. Leave me a note about how your child is impacted by these type books. I look forward to hearing from you and perhaps your future novelist.

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Posted by on September 17, 2010 in Helpful


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