Voyage with the Vikings is the start of the Imagination Station series. Cousins Patrick and Beth go back in time to meet vikings, including Erik the Red. Erik and son, Leif argue about Christianity. Patrick teaches Erik the power of kindness.
I love this series. It's a great way to teach children good values.
This is a great start off book for the Imagination Station series! Patrick and Beth go to the time of Vikings! Protected by the ruler's son Leif, they must not be found alone or Leif's father Eric the Red will make them his slaves! My favorite part is where Beth beats Eric the Red at a game of chess. Beth and Patrick learn to show kindness to your enemies. Besides all of this Leif trades for Beth's chess set a sunstone. This will help Albert to be saved from being locked in Lord Darkthorn's tower.
Last year, purchased this book originally for my 3rd grader. She loved reading it and has re-read it a couple of times since then. Just finished reading this book aloud to my 1st grader and we both really enjoyed it. Story moves along nicely. There is mystery, action and some things that get you to talk about living out faith yet not overly done. I also like the tie-in to history. At end of book, after solving a word puzzle, you get a link to a website that is fabulous. It gives you more historical info, tips for parents, a wonderful devotional related to a faith topic hinted at in the story. These additional resources simply add to the value and quality of the book.
We have only read the first in this series, but we are looking forward to more. I like that they are enjoyable enough for a stronger reader to have a relaxed read and still benefit from reading it. It's a nice look at history while retaining a Christian world view. I like examples for our children to follow that say 'this how a Christian should handle this situation'. There are so many poor worldly examples bombarding them every day.
I decided to read this to my kids while we were on vacation. My youngest is 7 and wasn't excited about it since there were no pictures but after the second chapter both boys were asking each night to read more.