This is from one of my favorite stories. I like the new slant it is given, just for kids. It is a fun and memorable way to learn. There are amazing escapes and interesting historical figures. These are retellings of events that keep young readers fascinated. This episode is independent of the previous stories.
I read this book in one evening to my girls 2, 4, 8. It took me about an hour to read, and they all really enjoyed it. It is based on the life of St. Patrick. We all learned some new things about him. We want to research more about him now. The book is simply written and yet a great story.
"Challenge on the Hill of Fire" is a very timely story because cousins Patrick and Beth travel in the Imagination Station back in time to meet St. Patrick! How interesting to learn about the dark culture in which St. Patrick lived in Ireland. The Druids were a wicked, cruel ruling religious group who enslaved and sacrificed many people. Patrick and the other followers of Christ were able to be great lights to witness for Him. The children Patrick and Beth are able to interact with some of the Christians and then meet St. Patrick himself!
The reading level is for children new to chapter books, but also works well for reading aloud. It would be great to pick up "Challenge on the Hill of Fire" and do a unit study about St. Patrick this year!
Book 10, â€˜Challenge on the Hill' of Fire from the Imagination Station series is out! Authors Marianne Hering, Nancy I. Sanders and illustrator David Hohn have given us another suspense filled story focusing on a bit of the history of St. Patrick's Day. Personally I love that they are covering the Holidays in this series. This is the second time they have focused on a Holiday; the first was Thanksgiving in Book 6, â€˜Problems in Plymouth'. I have not started reading this series to my children as I think they are still a little young for fully understanding some of the historical context of these stories but when I do I will plan the reads to correspond with the right Holiday. I am very excited to be able to add a fun story, with Historical context and Biblical truths to help us celebrate the different seasons! This book has been one of my favorites so far. I've never really studied this time period and am intrigued to learn more about Bishop Patrick. I also appreciated the tie in with the St. Patrick's tradition of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and comparing/relating it to something that's even more valuable to a pot of gold, the knowledge of God. I hope you'll check out this fun series!