Sunday, October 18, 2009
Sarah Books~ TOS Crew Review
A few weeks ago, I received a beautiful, autographed copy of Sarah's Wish from author Jim Baumgardner, a Christian writer. When I sat down to read Sarah's Wish I quickly realized this was a historical fiction ~living book [a favorite in our home]! Set in Ohio in 1858, the story is about a 12-year-old girl named Sarah who becomes an orphan, after her mother dies in a tragic accident. Sarah and her mother were a part of the Underground Railroad and now Sarah is left with the difficult and dangerous task of delivering the 'packages', waiting to be transported, on her own. Sarah relies on her faith in God as she faces much difficulties and danger. The happy ending ties in the meaning for the butterfly on the cover of the book...love it!
The author, Jim Baumgardner, is a friendly, kind man that loves and lives history! As a volunteer at The Old Cowtown Museum, he helps keep history alive. He also goes into schools and homeschool groups to help students learn more about the Underground Railroad, trail drives, Indians, & more. His love for history is evident in his writing. Sarah's Wish is a historical 'living book'...an exciting story that teaches history. When asked, "Why history in fiction instead of non-fiction?", the author stated "stories bring facts of any history book to life." So true! That is why we enjoy 'living books' so much more than dry, boring textbooks. You and your children will learn about the Underground Railroad, slavery, travel on riverboats, the Orphan Train, and Apothecaries.
Mr. Baumgardner is a grandfather and all of his grandchildren are homeschooled. He has a 'homeschool page' on his website. You can sign-up for a *FREE* Sarah's Web Newsletter on the homeschool page.
Sarah's Wish is the first book in the Sarah series. Sarah's Promise & Sarah's Escape are also available, which I plan to order soon for Christmas presents! I know you will love the Sarah books too!
Go HERE to order an autographed copy of Sarah's Wish for $9.99 [includes shipping!].