Friday, October 1, 2010

Review Time!! Foundlings: The Peleg Chronicles

Foundlings: The Peleg Chronicles written by Matthew Christian Harding by Zoe & Sozo Publishing is $11.95.  You can read a summary of the book at this link and if you're interested, just click on 'add to cart'.
I enjoyed reading  this book aloud to our kids.  It gave us some down time from regular school work and we found it to be very entertaining and hard to put down.  My daughter, who is 16, enjoyed the humor the author used in writing this book.  My 8 year old son was so interested in the book, he would ask when would we read more?!  What a great way to keep his interest in reading!  One thing to mention here is that it's a recommended read for children 8 and up due to some of the content, however, you know your children best and can decide an appropriate age.  Our son is a more advanced reader and understood the content to thoroughly enjoy it.  The characters were interesting, felt real and had their faults, just as we (human beings) do.  While some of the content leans toward concerning subject matter like drinking, and attempts at human sacrifice, the author made clear these were bad or evil.  If your kids enjoy books such as Lord of the Rings, 39 Clues, Redwall series or Dungeons and Dragons type books, then the Foundlings series might be a good fit.
The author did well to pull us into his book and on the adventure with the characters.  Thiery, a 13 year old with a white wolf companion, was easy to identify with.  The story encourages and reinforces Biblical principles of chivalry, truth, courage, duty, faith and love through Godly heroes.  From dinosaurs, dragons and dwarves to Lords, false priests and giants, this book does not fall short in entertainment.  I don't want to give away a lot of the story, but I will say that we really enjoyed the book and are looking forward to getting the 2nd one and there is a 3rd one due out in 2011.  However, waiting to get the 2nd book is really, really hard because the ending of this first one leaves you HANGING!  In a good way, but I would say if you're going to get the first one, go ahead and get the second one.  :)  And, if you're interested, a unit study has been created, although not by the author. 
Be sure to do your due diligence research to decide if this book is right for you and/or your family.  Here, you can look at other TOS Homeschool Crew reviews.
*I received this book free of charge to review and my opinions are my own*

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