Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Peril In The Palace Book Review

Book Review of The Imagination Station: Peril in The Palace 
by Marianne Hering & Paul McCusker

     Instead of my regular review, my eleven year old daughter will be reviewing instead again.  Last time she reviewed it was a big hit.  Since this book was written to the tween audience, I think it is only apropos to get a tween critique.

     This book is number three in The Imagination Station series.  The story is about two children, Patrick and Beth, that travel back in time to the China in 1271.  They have a task to find a golden tablet that belonged to Kublai Khan.  They are kidnapped by Mongol warriors.  The friend that they meet along the way to help them is Marco Polo.  The children talk about Jesus to Kublai Khan.  The children are eventually locked in the palace and need to escape to get back to The Imagination Station before it's too late. 
    I think the book was intriguing because it added Christian adventure to history.  I would recommend this book to ages 9-12.  It's more on the easy read side, as it has some more difficult words.  There was nothing that I didn't enjoy about the book.  I only wish it had been longer.  I am looking forward to reading the next installment (#4), which I started today.  Very good book!

(I received this book free from Tyndale Media as part of their blogging program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.")

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

One Hour Beach Bag

I found a terrific, free beach bag sewing pattern today.  No joke, even a beginner seamstress can whip it up in around an hour.  The bag is made from a beach towel, and it carries a matching towel inside.  Along with the towel, it can also fit a water bottle, a small sunscreen and goggles.  This is a great little project for you - and a great first project for a young seamstress.  The little threads will get all over the place, but it's quick clean up and worth the mess.  To get the pattern, click here.