Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Redcoats Are Coming! By Marianne Hering & Nancy Sanders Book Review


// The Redcoats Are Coming!  //

The Imagination Station Series // Book #13

By Marianne Herring & Nancy I. Sanders

{Review By Bethany}
Source: Tyndale Publishers Book Review Program
Number of Pages: 144
ISBN: 1589977742
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: January 1st, 2014
Bethany's Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
// Book Synopsis //

"The first of a three-book story arc about the American Revolution, "The Redcoats Are Coming" follows Patrick and Beth as they assist the revolutionaries by waking up the sleeping citizens of 1775 Concord before the Redcoats come. In this adventure, the cousins meet Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock. They help smuggle musket balls, sound the alarm that the Redcoats are coming, and deliver a secret message to Paul Revere. Along the way they learn that most of the revolutionaries leaned on God's direction and even pastors helped in the cause. Christian parents and teachers will appreciate the historical facts as well as the biblical worldview training their kids and students will absorb. The kids will appreciate the excitement and tension of an America at war with England, and in some ways, with itself."

// Bethany's Book Review //
My siblings have all enjoyed The Imagination Station books based on the popular Christian radio drama Adventures in Odyssey, and would eagerly snatch up the latest book whenever the library had it available to check out. So when the opportunity arose to review the newest book in the series, The Redcoats Are Coming! I thought it would be neat to try the books out for myself;  as well as to own a copy for my siblings to read and enjoy as well, since they love this series so much already.
This book, as well as the rest of the series, is written for a younger audience of beginner readers, as a first chapter book age level; due to the easy-to-read words used in the shorter sentences, and wonderful illustrations that accompany the story. While I was aware of this book being for a beginning reader, I did feel like the book went beyond my expectations of an average children's book; and despite the fact that I am older, I still enjoyed the story. I think that the story was written in an easy to understand/read way, and was very engaging, even to me! I also particularly loved how bits of history were interwoven into the story, when the characters go back in time to 1775, and meet important men from that time such as Paul Revere and Samuel Adams. This book had the perfect balance of history and fiction and was very fast paced and exciting; being sure to keep young readers engaged and turning pages! I also think this whole series would be a wonderful resource to home-schooling families, as it involves important events in time that help children learn while going back in time in the imagination station.
I was able to read through this book in about 45 minutes because of the beginner reading level and larger font, and really enjoyed it. The ending was very exciting and leaves you on the edge of your seat, wanting to get your hands on the next book to continue the story. Overall I'd recommend this book to beginner readers as a fun way to dive into chapter books and also learn about history!
DISCLAIMER :: I received a free copy of The Redcoats Are Coming! from Tyndale publishers for the sole purpose of this review. I was not paid to write this review, and all thoughts expressed in my review are completely my own, honest and unbiased.

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