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5 Stars Out Of 5
timeless and entertaining
October 8, 2011
In the rich story telling that Arleta Richardson is known for the stories of her grandmother unfold like a beautiful hand made quilt, spreading out to display a richness and depth of wisdom and knowledge that is timeless and entertaining. These stories captivate young and old alike because they are like sitting on the knee of an a grandmother and taking in the scents and sights of a time long ago forgotten. They transport readers to a time free of modern devices and distractions and into the turn of the century. I would love to say this was a less complicated time, with less stressful decisions. However, the fact remains that there is nothing new under the sun it is just the way it is done.
These stories are timeless in their moral application to ones character development. If you are seeking stories that will captivate your children while conveying godly character development this is it - look no further. I highly recommend these to home school families that are seeking to add richness and depth to their library while complimenting a biblical world view education.
I was first told of this series by a fellow home school mom when I was first looking for an appropriate library for my children. A few months later I received, much to my delight, the first two in the series from B&B Communications as review copies. And now I have the book 3 and 4 as well under the same circumstances.
When I open these books my children know they are in for a delightful read that will lead to discussions on how they can apply the story to their own lives as well as a search in the bible for applicable scripture that matches the stories they have just read. I have even had them try to recreate stories with the same moral lessons in their own words.
Thank you B&B Communications for offering this book as well as the others to me as review copies. They have been a welcomed addition to my library.
Arleta Richardson has done it again! In Still More Stories from Grandma's Attic, Book 3, we hear Grandma Mabel telling us more hilarious stories of her mischievous childhood, along with her best friend Sarah Jane, and her two brothers, Reuben and Roy. As a child around six, you will find her in many a different pickle due to her absent-mindedness! Days of old, with little earthly goods, yet blessed with much. God's mercy and grace, understanding and warmth are shown through her dad without using the â€˜switch.'
Arleta's books are great for young girls to learn the principles of obedience, character and love for God. They show the simpler side of life which I think children of today would be privileged to learn from-learning to slow down and enjoying life without so much activity. They contain just plain, good old stories with Godly perspectives and practical lessons of yesteryear, which are actually still pertinent today. Love these books!
This book was provided by Audra Jennings of The B&B Media Group, Inc., in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
The Grandma's Attic series were written for girls ages 8-12. My own granddaughter Celeste that just turned 8 has really enjoyed reading this series. An 8 year old does not have the ability to give a critical review of a book, they just know if they like it or not. Celeste has expressed that the stories are funny, this means they hold her attention. They also encourage an interest in her mind to ask me questions about my own childhood.
When we share stories of our childhood with our children and grandchildren they then relate to us on a more deeper level than just as a parent or grandparent. We are sharing apart of our lives with them, we are speaking on their level, and they will feel we are more approachable because of this.
Mabel and her best friend and also partner in mischievous antics is Sarah Jane. The two of them live near each other, attend school together, and are the best of friends. Mabel and Sarah Jane live in the 19th Century, yet the experiences they have any girl of any age can relate to. For example they had a new idea for clothing, wanting to break away from their mother's views of what is appropriate, the two girls decide to try something "new". Their "new" idea backfires and creates more of a problem than they anticipated.
Weaved in to the stories which are meant to be entertaining to a young reader, are also hidden jewels of wisdom.
"I want you to know that there is a time for justice and a time for mercy. God doesn't give us the blessings of life because we deserve them but because He loves us." page 97
Mabel grows up to be the grandmother of the author Arleta Richardson. Arleta shares the stories that her grandmother told her when she was a young girl in the pages of the Grandma's Attic series.
I have enjoyed reading these books and I have one more review to post for Book 4.
My favorite story from this book is the first story told, face cream and wax....need I say more?
Thank you to David C Cook and B and B Media Group for my free review copy!
Arleta Richardson's books are treasures from the past.
For those who are familiar with her work, these were books, that late at night, during summer vacations and with friends, we would read stories out loud and giggle at each stories....Growing up, reading these books now, is a trip back to simpler times before internet, social media, cell phones, television....everything and giggling at how different times are now for the people in Richardson's book and the times now.
Little girls would love how, even then, they will see a little girl who wants to be an individual and pretty and the misadventures that are tempered by a Grandmother's love....This is a timeless book for parents, grandparents and kids to enjoy and bond over.
Filled as well with godly values and morals that transcend time, generations and culture, these "Grandma Attic's" stories, are a delight to have on one's book shelf and be it mom, looking for a fun read to transport her back to when she was a little girl, or to pass on to, this generation, a wholesome set of stories and adventures, Richardson's books are an absolute delight.
It's well worth getting the entire set and a delight to see the series out again, to capture a new generation's heart and to remind past generation's of stories that had them sneaking the book into bed, late at night, with a flashlight to read till the end.
This is the third book in this wonderful series. These stories are over a hundred years old, but with good messages for today.
What wonderful heartwarming stories, my kids love to have them read to them. You will find that Pa better listen to Ma when she has her heart set on something. You will meet their great Dog Pep, and how he can spell! You will be chuckling with many of the things that Mable and Sarah Jane seem to get into.
Be prepared for a few tissues, but also with a good many belly laughs!
I received this book from the Publisher, and was not required to give a positive review.