Bookworm Beauty has literally devoured anything Laura Ingalls Wilder this last year. It was absolutely fitting, and well received, when we were given the opportunity to review Janet & Geoff Benge’s HEROES OF HISTORY Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life through YWAM Publishing. as well as the DOWNLOADABLE Unit Study Curriculum Guide.
The Benge’s have written several books including those in the Heroes of History series, a unique biography series told in a narrative format. Their goal has been to ignite young readers’ interest in history by bringing these heroes to life through the written word.
When our book arrived, Bookworm Beauty immediately snuggled under a blanket and began reading. She is an avid reader and I can usually tell if a book is good because it is difficult to attempt to have any sort of conversation with her when she is engrossed in one. She told me that she really enjoyed the perspective that A Storybook Life brought her. She has read multiple books by Laura Ingalls Wilder herself, which are in the first person, and always feels as though she is Laura in the books. This book was different as it is written from the third person perspective, which she said made her feel more like an observer in the story and it brought out different emotions for her throughout it.
I really appreciated the DOWNLOADABLE Unit Study Curriculum Guide for $5.49 that is also available through YWAM Publishing to coincide with the book. Included in the curriculum guide is a 25-page classroom overview as well as a 24-page homeschool overview, both outlining the process of using the book as a unit study for areas such as social studies, language arts, history, geography, public speaking, drama and art. There is also a 12-page group overview outline for studying the book with a group. Each overview covers the processes for both a leader directed study as well as a student directed study. Finally, there are printable worksheets including fact sheets, maps and a timeline.
We chose to work through the homeschool student directed unit study for the review. Bookworm Beauty worked through the unit study with ease. She enjoyed the memorization of famous quotes by individuals such as Demosthenes, Benjamin Franklin, George Eliot and others. Her favorite quotes were “it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all” by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Helen Keller’s “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.” She also really enjoyed working through the mapping activities.
We have enjoyed reviewing this book and study guide. Bookworm Beauty has already looked over the list and has decided that she would like to read Abraham Lincoln next. Sweetness (7) has also shown interest and has asked to read HEROES FOR YOUNG READERS Bethany Hamilton: Riding the Waves.
It looks like we will be building our library…