Tuesday, October 30, 2012

225 Books for $49.95~ Limited Offer

I'm being lazy and pasting in an email I just received. This is a fantastic deal on classic books. I missed it last year and jumped on it quickly this time. It only lasts until October 31st though. Don't miss it!

Last Day- October 31st!! Don't Miss it-
We probably won't offer this until next year!

Imagine having a floor-to-ceiling bookcase chock-full of books your children love to read, all in the palm of your hand, so it can travel with you wherever you go!
With the school year starting, do you wish you had additional great reading for your children to read or for the family to enjoy together? Take advantage of this great offer now! This is the best selection of books for this price!

I am a lover of books...that is no surprise! And although I've always liked the actual book, as opposed to digital versions, I must admit technology is humbling me. The truth is Kindle and E-Pub Readers (like iPad and others) are amazing and every homeschool mom has to have one (I'm hoping for one soon)!

Whereas before we couldn't take our favorite books everywhere, the amazing thing is we now can! Not to mention, this is specially great for those of us who are finding our house has lots and lots of books and only limited spaces to put them! Digital readers are great for children or adults, who need a larger font, because you can make the font any size you want. It is also great for travel and for children who like technology more than books- this is a great transition to paperbacks!

DON'T HAVE A KINDLE? Don't worry! A Free E-Pub Reader can be downloaded so you can read digital versions of books on your computer.

Thanks to my friend Lisa from Yesterday's Classics, we have an opportunity to purchase 225 of the best books printed between 1800 and early 1900's for less than 50 cents each!! These books come in digital form, which can be downloaded to your Kindle or E-Pub Reader. If you are not computer saavy, don't worry because our friend's at Yesterday's Classics will walk you through the details of the process.

Lisa has chosen the best books and put them in an easy to read format with wonderful illustrations (which you can't find in the free versions online), plus she's added a terrific table of contents that, when you click, takes you directly to the chapter you are looking for. BUT,  this offer is only good for Lifetime customers until Wednesday, OCTOBER 31st at Midnight.

You get books from all these genres:

World HistoryEarly Civilizations
Children of the WorldPoetry
NatureMiddle Ages
Ancient GreeceLegends
Ancient RomeRenaissance and Exploration
Fairy TalesAmerican History
BritainChristmas Stories

If you are using Ambleside Online, Heart of Dakota, Living Books Curriculum or Tapestry of Grace this package will save you money, because many of the books you need for these programs are included here. Basically, if you love good books this package is for you!

Here are a few of the titles included:




Monday, October 29, 2012

Jazzed about Jane

I'm embracing a growing passion for Jane Austen novels. I always appreciated her writing style, but returning to her stories as an adult has brought new themes to life.

Have you ever noticed how much Austen related fan fiction exists out there? Google it and you'll be amazed. From altering the stories into a present day setting to morphing characters into zombies or continuing the story focusing on a particular player, there seems to be a huge fascination with the works of Jane Austen.

Book clubs, societies and online forums exist. It's maddening.

Now I love Austen as much as the next reader, but the overwhelming support of her work seems to be something worthy of taking notice. What is it about these stories that capture the imagination and attention of authors and readers alike?

I'm currently re-reading Pride and Prejudice.  I've noticed that so much of the story is built around hearsay, gossip and other's shared opinions. Everything we know about each character is funneled through the back room chatter of the characters. It's all second-hand knowledge.

This writing device creates a very accurate picture of the social nature in Britain at the time. The hierarchy was established and the classes divided by wealth and extravagance. Though is was against etiquette to speak on one's own private personal matters, no one seemed to refrain from discussing another's personal matters.

In my church we call this Lashon Hara. You might call it simply gossip. Austen's works, at first glance, seem completely buried in it.

Here's the brilliance of it: Everyone knows gossip is wrong. Every character in the story whispers their opinion in secret because, in fact, they know they are out of place by making such statements. Yet they are compelled to share and as we read their gossip we are pulled into their failures, following them in judgements and forming opinions based on the same limited knowledge that the characters have. In the end we see (along with the characters) the errors of our ways and the foolishness of judging others on half truths and misinformation.

We share the character's shame and guilt and the author planned it that way, a moral lesson as relevant in her time period as it is today.

How do you model proper speech in your home? Do your children hear you speak ill of others? Do you cause your friends to judge others based on your view of them? Are you missing something.

These are the crux of Austen, the core of misunderstanding, how it wounds, steals and destroys the beauty of truth.

This is just one (of many) reasons for sharing Jane's work with our children and revisiting them ourselves.

Go here to learn more about Lashon Hara. Lessons in the power of speech work in perfect concert with Austen's books and can create a dynamic discussion with your children.

Happy Learning!
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