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Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Cat of Bubastes {review}

It's no secret that my family has been impressed with Heirloom Audio Productions.  I'm pretty sure I've raved over every production so far, in which they adapt G.A. Henty novels into fabulous audio theater productions.  The stories encompass worthy morals and character traits, told through exciting and adventurous stories, and the audio versions are just so entertaining.  What's not to love?  Most recently, we were able to review The Cat of Bubastes, adapted from the novel of the same title.

This seems to be one of Henty's most popular books.  I've seen it utilized in several history programs that use living books, but we haven't read it.  However, our experience with this series speaks for itself.  Henty is a unique storyteller, bringing together action-packed stories full of Christian faith, while Heirloom Audio Productions adds the talented voice acting and high quality music and sound effects.  It's a feast for the mind to listen to these, and I was eager to add The Cat of Bubastes to our list!

In The Cat of Bubastes, Prince Amuba and his mentor are enslaved by the Egyptians.  While I fear to give too much of story away, for those that haven't read the book yet, I will say that you get to learn about Ancient Egyptian culture, as well as see how others deal with their faith when tested, all while experiencing a sense of thrill and adventure.  Not only is it fast-paced and full of action, which keeps us interested, there are bits of humor, like hearing that a phrase in one language translates to "You smell like a camel," that just makes the boys laugh.

As always, Heirloom Audio Productions was very generous, and in addition to the 2-CD set, I also received several other digital items to accompany the review:
  • Cat of Bubastes MP3 set
  • Cat of Bubastes E-Book (Henty's original; new color illustrations)
  • Official MP3 Soundtrack
  • Printable Cast Poster
  • Study Guide and Discussion 
  • Inspirational Verse Poster
  • Live the Adventure Letter
  • Behind the Scenes Video
The MP3 set is great for those that want to transfer the story to a portable device.  The Study Guide, though, is what turns this from a history-packed audio adventure into a full history unit.  With background information about the author and Moses, comprehension questions (Listening Well), critical thinking questions (Thinking Further), and vocabulary enhancement (Defining Words), this is already a full unit.  The Expand Your Learning! text boxes that appear throughout the guide are full of random pieces of Egyptian culture, such as the the importance of animals, information about the Egyptian language, and even a recipe.  I also really like how the Thinking Further section has geography worked into this unit too, by using modern maps to study Egypt.  At the end of the guide, you will find additional recommendations for books to accompany a study on Ancient Egypt.  There are also three Bible studies, titled "God Meant it for Good," "The Knowledge of God" and "Idolatry and Tyranny" that can accompany the study of The Cat of Bubastes.  The whole guide is great for discussion starters for our family, but I also believe older children can use them independently for written assignments.

I really think almost any family will appreciate this audio drama, whether you homeschool or not.  Obviously, students learning about Ancient Egypt will find The Cat of Bubastes a very appropriate supplement, but I think that any family that enjoys wholesome entertainment, whether they homeschool or not, would enjoy this entire series!

For more information about the other titles in this series, be sure to check out my previous reviews.
Under Drake's Flag
In Freedom's Cause
With Lee in Virginia
The Dragon and the Raven
Beric the Briton

Heirloom Audio Productions ~Cat of Bubastes

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

52 Lists: My Favorite Places to Shop

This week's prompt was to list our favorite places to shop.  That's easy!

Amazon - Amazon Prime.  Need I say more?

Rainbow Resource - To me, it is the Amazon of Homeschooling.  Well, not the shipping.  That leaves a lot to be desired.  The depth of their inventory is great, though.

Used Book Stores - No particular one, I just love looking for good deals.  Looking at antique book stores and the book booths at flea markets, or anywhere that has a good deal on good books...I'm in!

Ollie's Bargain Outlet - I almost always find good deals on books and art supplies.

Antique Stores - Again, no particular one, but I like just browsing (when I can go without kids) and looking for fun finds.

Target - We'd always get things like diapers and wipes and toddler clothes there, and you can use your Target debit card to get 5% off every purchase.  Price matching during the holidays and using your red card helps save a ton!  We don't have one nearby now, so I only stop in occasionally if we're visiting family.

The Mall - I especially get a thrill out of clearance shopping.  I do buy things in season, just because it's hard to gauge how much a kid is going to grow from year to year, but I always look out for good deals on end of season merchandise.  I tend to get neutral things that don't really go out of style, like solid polo shirts for a few dollars, or athletic shorts for 47 cents.  However, I also try to find the hidden gyms that can be used for the upcoming season.  I've been hitting up stores the last few weeks, and Old Navy had long sleeve button down shirts, so I got several for my oldest son for church.  Gymboree already had what I think was their first fall (back to school) line on clearance, and we got lucky because the day we went was an additional 40% off the store.  Plus I had a coupon!  I got several dresses that will transition into fall and winter with leggings/tights, or by adding a nice cardigan.  It's just a matter of really looking through the racks and seeing what might work.

Grocery Store - No, just kidding.  Husband does all the grocery shopping!

Where are your favorite places to shop?

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

52 Lists: Autumn Bucket List 2016

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