Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Case of the Cursed Dodo Book Review

Review by Funny Bunny:

The Case of the Cursed Dodo: A Jungle Noir, by Jake G. Panda, is an exciting action-packed fiction book about a mysterious suitcase, endangered animals, rats, birds, bears, hares, and, of course, a panda - Jake G. Panda, to be exact!

The Case of the Cursed Dodo leads Jake all across the world, where he finds a lost suitcase and inside it a mysterious carving of a jade dodo. It's up to Jake to keep it safe from animals that want to take it, like a no-good pack of rats and a sticky-fingered salamander and his partner, a crocodile.

He also needs to rescue his friend, a buzzard named Daisy, before it's too late. And on top of all this, can the Jade Dodo help Jake recover the last remaining dodo birds?

I really enjoyed The Case of the Cursed Dodo! I loved it because it was funny and full of action.

I especially liked the "jungle noir" style writing. It was written with enough suspense to keep me on the edge of my seat. The way it was written also made me feel like I was in a movie theater, watching the scenes unfold, and this book would make a really great movie, too! The climax was exciting and the ending surprised me.

The last chapter sort of suggested that another book is going to be written. I really hope one will be - because I can't wait! The Case of the Cursed Dodo was a wonderful book, one of my favorites, and I really enjoyed it!

Find Out More: You can find out more online at The Endangered Files, where you can watch the book trailer or purchase a copy for yourself.  The Case of the Cursed Dodo: A Jungle Noir is just $3.99 for Kindle or $9.99 for paperback.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

The Book of the Middle Ages Review


I'm happy to be able to tell you about another wonderful Memoria Press Classical Studies set.  If you are not familiar with Memoria Press, they are a family-run publishing company that produces Classical Christian materials. Cheryl Lowe founded the company in 1994, and is the author of several of their books, including the very popular Latin program, Latina Christiana.

The Book of the Middle Ages is a collection of history books written by Dorothy Mills in the 1920's for middle school students.  Memoria Press recently brought these back into publication along with beautiful black and white illustrations.

The Book of the Middle Ages is divided into three parts:  The Early Middle Ages, The Unity of the Middle Ages, and The Later Middle Ages with over 70 stories in all.  Stories range from the Germanic Invaders to Charlemagne, and the Medieval Church to the Hundred Years War.

"It concludes with The Middle Ages, where students are privileged to see how Christianity spread out, building a new civilization on the remnants of the Roman Empire".


The Book of the Middle Ages is a year-long workbook course best suited for grades 6-9. The set I received includes a Text, Student Guide, and Teacher Guide.

The Student Guide includes 22 lessons with 3 review lessons at the end of each unit.  Each lesson in the Student Guide includes Facts to Know {along with famous quotes}, Vocabulary, Comprehension Questions, and Activities.


The Teacher Guide is essential because it contains all of the answers. It is laid out identical to the Student Guide so answers are easy to locate.  It also includes tests and answer keys.


Find Out More:  You can find out more online at Memoria PressThe Book of the Middle Ages is recommended for grades 6-9. The Text, Student Guide, and Teacher's Manual are sold as a set for $39.95.




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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Character Building


I mentioned last week that I recently started a Bible Study/Devotion with some of Funny Bunny's friend's at dance.  Here are some of my notes from week one.

Week One: Character Building

The 1828 Webster Dictionary defines character as - the peculiar qualities, impressed by nature or habit on a person, which distinguish him from others.

Our character is built from the many influences we receive from infancy throughout childhood. As we get older our character-building responsibility increases.  The choices young girls make now in life build the character that will be theirs forever.

Is it right?  Does it meet my parent's approval?  Is it glorifying God?  

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. ~ Matthew 5:6

Doing the right thing is not always the easy road, but it is worth the effort.  Christ is our Perfect Pattern and only those who form their lives after Him are building the best character.  

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. ~ Romans 5:3-5

Think of a character trait that comes easy to you, like kindness or honesty, and one that is not as easy, like patience or obedience.  Pray about the one that is not as easy throughout the week and work on it.




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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Summer Fit Activity Books Review


I was on the hunt for something that Funny Bunny could work on over the summer between 6th and 7th grade. We don't stop school completely because I like for her to keep her mind sharp but I don't want to overwhelm her with work.

That's when I stumbled across Summer Fit.  Summer Fit Workbooks were written by teachers to help prepare students academically, physically, and socially for the next grade level.

Summer Fit Activities engage children in the following areas:

Academics: reading, writing, math, language arts, science, geography, & tech
Fitness: exercise, active play, healthy eating, and nutrition
Core Values: honesty, self-discipline, and friendship

The Summer Fit is a series of nine workbooks:  P-K, 1st-2nd, 2nd-3rd, 3rd-4th, 4th-5th, 5th-6th, 6th-7th, and 7th-8th

Each book contains:

* A parent introduction
* 10 weekly units that start with an overview and cover the subjects above
* 10 pages for each unit so only 2 pages per day need to be completed
* A weekly role model, like Jackie Robinson, and core values in each unit
* Extension activities

I received two workbooks to review - Summer Fit 2-3 and 6-7.


My Thoughts:  As I mentioned above, both are laid out in the exact same format, the only difference is the material. The material is different each day, which is nice and will hopefully keep the child from getting bored. In flipping through the 6-7 grade book, there are things that will be review for Funny Bunny but there are definitely new concepts.

Below you can see a few samples from both books.

2nd-3rd

2nd-3rd

6th-7th

6th-7th

Find Out More:  You can find out more online at Summer Fit Learning and on their Facebook Page. Workbooks can be purchased on Amazon for between just $9 and $12.




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Friday, April 17, 2015

Girls Preteen/Teen Bible Study


I recently started a Bible Study/Devotion with some of Funny Bunny's friends at dance.  For months prior, I really felt the Holy Spirit tugging on my heart to start something, but I just wasn't sure what at the time.  I continued to put it off but that feeling kept coming back.

I finally built up the courage and asked if these girls would be interested in going on this journey with me.  This was truly a hard step to take.  Although I enjoy teaching, I do have some anxiety over it, and let's face it, I certainly am no expert in the subject and don't have all the answers.

But I asked.  And they accepted. :)

So in following God's instructions as laid out in Matthew 28:18-20, I am using Beautiful Girlhood as my guide.  This book was originally published in 1922, and although it has been revised and republished more recently, the wording is still pretty old fashioned. The content is timeless though.

Here is a peek into what we have discussed so far:

Character-Building
The Strength of Obedience
Inner Beauty {today's lesson}

My intent is to write in detail about each one in hopes that it may help someone else. Will try to get the first up sometime next week.



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