"Showdown with the Shepherd" Brock Eastman and Marianne Hering
Patrick and Beth visited Whit's End and traveled in the imagination station to David the shepherd's time. They were trying to find the ring that Hugh took and give it to Mr. Whitaker so that he could travel in the imagination station. David the shepherd saved them from a bear. They watched David fight Goliath and win. Hugh was hiding out in the Philistine army. The cousins found Hugh hiding in a bush. They all jumped into the imagination station, barely missing a bear chasing them. When they got in the imagination station, Hugh disappeared and the ring was left. The story continues with the next book.
This 5th book in the Imagination Station series is a bit different as it's based on a bible story (the others, so far, weren't). It follows the adventure of Beth and Patrick as they continue to uncover the mystery of the Imagination Station, Albert, Hugh, Lord Darkthorn, and the stolen treasures. This book is written at a 2nd grade reading level, but even I was captured with the story! Definitely a page turner that keeps you hooked and makes you want to read more about the real historical figures between its pages.
My children and I have read all of the Imagination Station books in order up to this one. You could read them alone, but the story is a continuing one and I highly recommend starting with the 1st in the series, Voyage With the Vikings.
As a homeschooling mom, I use these as part of my history curriculum. Yes, historical fiction may be a bit unorthodox, but it grabs my children's interest, real-life characters are featured in these books, and the authors stick as close to possible to real life events as can be expected with 2nd graders historical fiction. It feeds my kids interest in going deeper with history, and gives them a love for it that most public school history classes don't. This is my favorite series for this age level and I couldn't recommend it more highly!
By the way, you can get Imagination Station books for free by participating in Tyndale's Summer Reading Program! Google it!
I really like Adventures in Odyssey, and this new series for intermediate readers doesn't change my opinion.
This book tells (re-tells) the story of David and Goliath. Since I am already completely familiar with biblical account, the plot was less entertaining than some of the other books in the series. Nonetheless, I highly recommend the series to elementary aged readers. It also makes a great read aloud to younger kids.
With this series you get to travel through time on an adventure to the unknown to find objects or people all while having fun learning history and Biblical truths. I love the balance of the fun and the educational aspects of these books, it's a great combination. In book #5 we travel back to Biblical times and meet non-other than young David as he's heading to take food to his brothers in battle against Philistines and Goliath. This is one of my children's favorite Bible passages and I know they are going to enjoy this twist to the story. It's so enjoyable to imagine what it would be like to step back in time to experience firsthand these historical events and these books do a great job in imagining just what it might have been like. And then there's the very timely arrival of book #6 which takes readers back through time to the first Thanksgiving celebration at Plymouth. I think I might just skip out of order and read this with my two as part of our Thanksgiving reading this month. They are a little younger than this series age group so I've yet to read any of this series with them. These books of course are written as part of a series but a great feature is the prologue which can be found at the beginning of all books that sets the background storyline of the previous books in case you decide to read them out of order, making it so you can easily transition into the adventure for any of the books. It is simply an exceptional series for young readers and I am once again anxious to see where the adventure will take us too next. I recieved a copy of this book from Tyndale Publising for this review.