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The Fables of Aesop (Ages 4+) $3.00
"Rich selection of time honored tales by legendary Greek storyteller offers youngsters valuable lessons and insights into life. Includes "The Fox and the Grapes," "The Old Man and Death," "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing," "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse," and dozens more. Includes 170 of Richard Heighway's classic illustrations." Publishers summary. 208 pages paperback
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (ages 8+) $6.99
According to my nine-year old, this is the best book he has ever read. Milo is an ordinary boy who is bored with life when he comes home one day to find a small car and a mysterious tollbooth in his room. On a whim, he drives past the tollbooth and enters a new kingdom whose two kings (brothers) are have not spoken in many years. One is the king of Dictionopolis (the kingdom of words) and the other is the king of Digitopolis (the kingdom of numbers). The long argument stems from a fight over which is more important. Since twin sisters Rhyme and Reason have left the Land of Wisdom, chaos prevails and all sorts of kooky adventures occur. Can Milo and his new friend, the Watchdog, rescue Rhyme and Reason and restore order to the land before it is too late? Great as a read along book because older kids and adults will catch many hilarious plays on words that little ones miss.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham (ages 8+) $3.50
"Generations of children have roamed the English countryside in the company of Rat, Mole, Toad, and Badger, the immortal animal pals of The Wind in the Willows.From summertime picnics along the river's edge to cozy parlor firesides on crisp winter nights, the tales evoke a timeless atmosphere of friendship amid the natural world." Publisher's summary. 176 pages. paperback.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (Ages 9+) $6.99
This modern fairy tale recounts the story of a girl whose girl whose fairy godmother grants her the gift of obedience. Sounds great, until wicked people start issuing you commands! Will Ella learn how to think for herself and develop discernment? If you have seen the movie, you will be surprised how much better the book is!
The Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carman $11.00 Twelve year old Alexa is looking forward to another summer in Bridewell, but is curious about the walls that surround the city and the unknown danger that lurks outside. But her curiosity and desire for adventure lead her to more danger than she bargained for. In the course of her explorations, she discovers both a new power and a new responsibility that puts the fate of the Land of Elyon in her hands.
Beyond the Valley of Thorns by Patrick Carman $11.00
Alexa discovers new challenges and new enemies as she and her unlikely band of friends seek to defeat even greater evils. This book brings unexpectedly brings in biblical allusions that recall the way that Lewis wove truth into his own tales.
The second in the Land of Elyon series ($11.95 retail HARDCOVER)
The Tenth City by Patrick Carman $11.00Alexa is pitted against her foes (and the foes of the Land of Elyon) in a final battle of mythic proportions. But as she weighs the sacrifices and her own strange role in the fate of her world, she begins to wonder at the meaning of it all. This book is a powerful testimony to the power of love and sneaks in larger truths in a subtle way.
One of my favorite quotations: "I was seized by the power of a great affection... Elyon has only one hope for us, Alexa. That we would know that he loves us. Do you understand? The one who made you, the one who made everything... He loves you. And more than that, there is nothing you or I need to earn his reckless affection for us... To live boldly for that kind of love is the least that I can do."
The third in the Land of Elyon series ($11.95 retail HARDCOVER)
Redwall by Brian Jacques (Ages 12+) $7.99
This was the first of the Redwall Books written in the Redwall Series, a favorite with many homeschoolers, especially boys. Now the series includes several prequels and sequels. We hope to have these in stock later.
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (Ages 10+) $3.99
"Considered by W.H. Auden to be "the only English children's book in the same class as the Alice books," The Princess and the Goblin is a classic example of nineteenth-century children's literary fairy tales. Both this tale and its sequel, The Princess and Curdie, follow in the tradition of the folk tales of Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, yet also impart to the reader a sense of MacDonald's personal vision and unique style." (publishers summary) Written by preacher and scholar George MacDonald, a major influence on C.S. Lewis.
The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald (Ages 10+) $6.99
"With the help of a mysterious fairy queen who provides monstrous but gentle creatures to aid him, a miner's son takes on the dangerous task of helping the king and princess confound their enemies and save the kingdom." (publishers summary) The sequel to the Princess and the Goblin.
The Light Princess by George MacDonald (Ages 10+) $6.95
Considered by many to be one of MacDonald's best, this fairy tale about a princess cursed with lightness (she floats about the castle and experiences neither sorrow nor suffering) who learns in the end that these things serve their purpose as well.
The Wise Woman and Other Stories by George MacDonald (Ages 10+) $16.00
A powerful collection of some of MacDonald's best shorter stories. "The Wise Woman" deals with a child who is spoiled by her parents and rescued by the wise woman who teaches her timeless truths about self-control.
Pilgrimís Progress by John Bunyan (Ages 12+) $3.50
John Bunyan's classic fantasy allegory of the Christian journey through life.
Half-Magic by Edward Eager (Ages 9+) $6.99
Four siblings (Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha) find a magic coin that allows their wishes to come true. The problem is that the coin is only HALF magic, which means you have to double your wish VERY CAREFULLY for the wish to work. Follow their adventures (and comic misadventures) as they strive to use logic and fractions to work this special form of magic. A classic addition to your fantasy bookshelf.
Magic by the Lake by Edward Eager (Ages 9+) $6.99
On a vacation with their mother and stepfather, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha find themselves overwhelmed with a lakeful of magical adventures after Mark captures an ancient turtle that seems to have extraordinary powers.
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit (Ages 9+) $2.50
"Three children, forced to alter their comfortable lifestyle when their father is taken away by strangers, move with their mother to a simple cottage near a railway station where their days are filled with excitement and adventure. First published in 1906, this beloved children's classic has charmed generations of readers." Publishers summary 208 pages, paperback.
Five Children and It by E. Nesbit (Ages 9+) $2.50
"Be careful what you ask for. You may get it! That's the message in thisdelightful tale of five youngsters who discover a bizarre sand creature that grants wishes. There's a catch, of course: the wishes come undone at sunset, and worse yet, things often get out of hand!" Publishers Summary 160 pages. paperback.
The Book of Beasts: Being a Translation from A Latin Bestiary of the Twelfth Century- $12.99
Have you ever wondered why so many fantasies contain mention of phoenixes and hippogriffs, manticores, and griffins? Did the authors make up these creatures? Hardly! They came from the medieval world in which many of the fantasies are set. This 12- century bestiary was originally written by a 12th- century Catholic monk who detailed the "scientific" knowledge of the animals of his day and added interesting spiritual lessons to be drawn from the beasts. T.H. White, author of "The Once and Future King," translated this work and adds comments of his own. Of course, we now know that many of the creatures in this book are fantastic, but it still makes interesting reading and gives insight into the medieval mind, and may inspire some stories of your own!.
For older students as it contains frank references to animal husbandry topics such as reproduction that may confuse (or alarm) a young reader. 296 pages. Paperback.
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll $3.50
This classic tale relates the adventures of Alice and her encounters with the Mad-hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the autocratic Queen of Hearts (among others). Written by an mathematician from Oxford University, this is a must-read for the well-read child, since so many allusions spring from it. Contains 42 original illustrations by John Tenniel. 160 pages. paperback.
When a boy discovers a dragon egg, his true destiny is revealed.This novel was written by a 16 year old homeschooler and made into a major motion picture. However, be aware that the perspective is not Christian. 509 page paperback. Ages 15 and up.
Eldest by Christopher Paolini $12.99
The exciting sequel to Eragon written by a homeschooled student. Please be aware that it does contain references to atheistic world views. 679 page paperback. Check website for third book when published in the fall. For discerning readers, ages 15+
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The Hobbit by J.R.R TolkienThe charming prequel to The Lord of the Rings ($10.00 retail). Cover may vary.
The Annotated Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
Publisher's Note: " Newly expanded and completely redesigned, Douglas A. Anderson's The Annotated Hobbit is the definitive explication of the sources, characters, places, and things of J.R.R. Tolkien's timeless classic. Integrated with Anderson's notes and placed alongside the fully restored and corrected text of the original story are more than 150 illustrations showing visual interpretations of The Hobbit specific to many of the cultures that have come to know and love Tolkien's Middle-earth. Tolkien's original line drawings, maps and color paintings are also included, making this the most lavishly informative edition of The Hobbit available."
The Tolkien Reader by J.R.R TolkienOther stories, poems and essays by Tolkien including "On Fairy Stories"
The Silmarillion by J.R.R TolkienTolkienís extended mythology of the origins and early history of Middle-earth. COver may vary.
The Silmarillion by J.R.R TolkienTolkienís extended mythology of the origins and early history (Retails for $35) of Middle-earth-- Advanced Reading LOVELY ILLUSTRATED HARDCOVER
Roverandom by J.R.R Tolkien
A childrenís story about the adventures of a dog.
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Contains all seven volumes of the series in order based on Narnian chronology. A great price on a book you will treasure! Slightly marked. Limited quantities. Retails for $20.00.
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