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I love books. I don’t know how else to word it, but I really, really love them. I love finding a great series of books that are clean and wholesome for my kids-especially if they teach them some history and religion along the way. We recently discovered the Imagination Station books by Marianne Hering and Marshal Younger. There is a whole series of these adorable books created by Focus on the Family. I was given books 8 and 9 to review here on the blog. My son and I loved reading them so much that we had to order a few more of the series- especially since we started in the middle of it.
The main idea of the books is similar to the Magic Tree House books- which are another of our favorites. There are two kids who are cousins- Patrick and Beth and a kind inventor Mr. Whittaker who created the Imagination Station that transports them back in time. Each book is an adventure that the kids journey on and learn about different time periods. The books are Christian themed with messages along those lines. The books are geared towards kids ages 7 and up.
Book 8- Battle for Cannibal Island
In this book the cousins landed on a ship, the HMS Calliope in 1852. It was a ship sailing under command of Captain James E. Home. The islands of Fiji are battling between the Christians and non-Christians. The missionary, James Calvert is trying to make peace and suggests that the captain allow peace negotiations on board the British vessel. Patrick and Beth learn about sacrificial living when they observe Calvert’s determination to live on Fiji despite the dangers and impoverished conditions and that he is willing to risk his life to live as Jesus would to help the Christians that live there.
Book 9- Escape to the Hiding Place
In this book, Patrick and Beth arrive in World War II Holland in the farm country. They must smuggle a baby (by bicycle) to Corrie ten Boom at her home. Along the way they hide from Nazi soldiers, meet a Russian surgeon forced into service by the Germans. They meet two Jewish children who haven’t been outside in over three years. The cousins learn to appreciate the bravery and sacrifice of everyday people who helped the Jews.
We were really impressed with these books. I’m so glad we discovered them and had a chance to review them here. I highly recommend them for any young readers. We will continue to read more in this series, for sure! They are available for just $4.99 each on Amazon- also in Kindle format.
Disclosure: I received these books for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this review. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.