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Stephen R. Platt. Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War.  New York, NY: Knopf, February 7th, 2012. 512 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Do you know what was the world’s bloodiest civil war?  Most people wouldn’t guess it correctly.  Did you also know that this civil war involved a heretical version of Christianity in which the leader claimed to be the spiritual younger brother of Jesus?  In this book Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom author Stephen R. Platt looks at the Taiping Rebellion that took place in China during the mid-1800s.  The account in this book is simply fascinating!

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In continuing with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” here’s a review of Children’s books.  While this week’s review of children’s books aren’t Christian works they are still something homeschool kids and parents would appreciate!

Geronimo Stilton.  Who Stole the Mona Lisa? New York, NY: Papercutz, October 26th 2010. 56 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Want a quick and fun way to teach your young kids about who is Leonardo da Vinci, his famous painting of the Mona Lisa and also about Renaissance Italy?  This fictional graphic novel for kids is not only fun but along the way you learn history!  In volume six of the Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novel series the mouse and journalist Geronimo Stilton goes back into time along with his friends to stop the Pirate Cats from changing events in history.

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We continue with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” and this week’s review of children’s books aren’t Christian works but they are still something homeschool kids and parents would appreciate!

Geronimo Stilton.  Geronimo Stilton Reporter #2: It’s MY Scoop!. New York, NY: Papercutz, June 4th 2019. 56 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Having read a few Geronimo Stilton’s graphic novels to my kids the last few weeks from the publisher Papercutz I was pleasantly surprised to learn they now have a new series on Geronimo Stilton titled “Geronimo Stilton Reporter Graphic Novels Series 2 primary works.”  It is different than the other series in that while the other series was more historical with time travel this present series focuses on the present or the contemporary time period of Geronimo’s own life time.  As I read this story to my daughters they enjoyed it and laughed throughout Geronimo’s adventure.

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Now that I’m back in the states I can now continue with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” this week’s review of a children’s book isn’t a Christian work but still something homeschool kids and parents would appreciate!

Geronimo Stilton.  Following the Trail of Marco Polo. New York, NY: Papercutz, May 11th 2010. 56 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is the fourth graphic novel in the Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novel series published by Papercutz though it was the first volume I read to my daughters.  We totally enjoyed it!  In fact this volume is our favorite one and made us consider to read more of Geronimo Stilton’s adventures!

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In continuing with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” this week’s review of a children’s book isn’t a Christian work but still something homeschool kids and parents would appreciate!

 

Geronimo Stilton.  The Secret of the Sphinx. New York, NY: Papercutz, August 18th 2009. 56 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is the second graphic novel in the Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novel series published by Papercutz.  I read this after enjoying first volume.  Like the first one I read this to my daughters and they totally enjoyed it!  How much did they enjoyed it?  When I read it to them at night they tell me not to stop!  These books tell the story of a mouse Geronimo Stilton and his family and friends going into time in history through a time machine to stop the insidious plot of the Pirate Cats.  Besides the adventure long the way young readers will also learn about history.  As a parent passionate about history I like that!

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In continuing with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” this week’s review of a children’s book isn’t a Christian work but still something homeschool kids and parents would appreciate!

Geronimo Stilton.  The Discovery of America. New York, NY: Papercutz, August 18th 2009. 56 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is the first graphic novel in the Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novel series published by Papercutz.  I read this to my daughters and they totally fell in love with it!  When I read it to them at night they tell me not to stop; that’s how much they enjoyed it.  I love how the book is a story of the mouse Geronimo Stilton and his family and friends going into time in history through a time machine and along the way young readers will also learn about history.  I really like that as a parent!

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A weekend leisure reading review…because sometimes Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!

Candice Millard. Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill.  New York, NY: Doubleday, September 20th 2016.  400 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is the first book I read about the life of Winston Churchill and it focused on him as a young man in the military and as a war correspondent.  Of course Churchill is best known for being the Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War Two but I thought it was good to read about his experiences when he was younger which of course would shape him later in life.  This work by Candice Millard is narrated well and is captivating.  I didn’t know so much about Churchill and I’m glad I read this book!

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