Teaching Textbooks

Current Read-Aloud ~ Darien’s Rise {AIO Passages}

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imageAlthough I had pulled out the Borrowers series for us to read, the kid’s weren’t too excited about it. {Don’t worry, I’m keeping them handy}. Fortunately, I bought a big pile of books at a recent homeschool book sale, so there were plenty of books to choose from.

Darien’s Rise by Paul McCusker

Our kids love the audio cd’s from Adventures in Odyssey, so we I pulled out the first book in the Passages series by AIO ~ Darien’s Rise by Paul McCusker. The story parallels a key Bible story, which I was SO happy to have the kids figure out early on {grins}.

So far, the book has been a hit. I don’t want to give too much away {in case you all want to read it too!}. In this story two young children, Anna and her brother Kyle, travel to the land of Marus and are caught in the middle of a conflict between a powerful king and his general.

The story is set in a different time and place, so it has been very fun to think about what this Bible story would have been like during a period like the 1930’s or 40’s. The deeper conversations that the book has prompted have been wonderful. When we were talking about the king not listening to God, it started a talk about how listening to God is similar to how we obey our parents {all a good thing}.

As soon as we’re done reading Darien’s Rise, I have a fun little surprise for the kids ~ the audio adventure of Darien’s Rise. I know that it seems like it might be duplicating, but Adventures in Odyssey does such an amazing job with their recordings, and we always catch a little something more when we listen to the dramatized version of books.

Need a few read-aloud suggestions?

Here are a few of the books that we’ve read and enjoyed recently:

What books are you reading as a family to ward off the summer heat? Anything good on your lists? Leave a comment below!

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  • Christy

    How old are your children that are listening to this?

  • The ones listening are ages seven through eleven

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    After thoroughly enjoying the movie, The Secret World of Arrietty, I picked up the series thinking I could capitalize my girls interest in the movie and immerse ourselves further into the Borrowers’ world. Sadly, it just never gained traction. My girls never got into it, and, I found I had a hard time reading it. We stopped after just barely making it through the first book in the series. For once, I can say I enjoyed the movie better than the book. You can read my review on the movie here.
    http://www.teachingstars.com/2012/07/10/the-secret-world-of-arrietty/

  • What fun!! I have some of the CDs in my amazon cart just waiting for me to order them ;-)

  • there are a BUNCH on sale at Family Christian this month!!!

  • Cool! At the store or online?

  • at the store, I think. Got the flyer in the mail today and planning to hit the store in the morning. :) Will let you know!

  • Yes let me know. I will be in town in the morning so I can swing by and get some!

  • mreeanne

    We are reading Charlotte’s Web. I have all of the Passages books and plan to read them to the kids during the next year.

  • ticiaM

    We listened to the CD version of it, and it was rather fun.

  • just picked it up today!! :)

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