Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Poem by Me: My World

I wrote this poem after I found out that some people believe fantasy is unbiblical or unchristian.  This came as a surprise to me since I have been blessed with wonderful parents who don't believe that.  I believe Fantasy stories display biblical truths very well and sometimes better than just point blank saying the truths.  These stories make you think and i'm in love with them.  Hope you enjoy my first poem :)

God has given me a mind,
Indifferent to the manmade bind.
That wants to think outside this place,
Beyond the realms of time and space.

To dream beyond the world we know,
Where everything is filled with snow.
And dragons roam free and happy,
But romance is alwys so sappy.

Where adventure is in the air,
So much that people stop and stare.
In this place my heart is free,
And other people get to see,

My true love that is the Lord,
Who gave me a passion for the sword.
My world is different, not for the weak,
So go there before you have ill to speak.

To this world I will escape,
From the world He create.
But not for long, for I am needed,
To spread God's word and seed it.

Copyrighted @ 2010 by Tara DragonQueen

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Vanishing Sculptor by Donita K. Paul

The Vanishing Sculptor was a very entertaining, unique, and cool story.  It starts with Tipper, who cares for her family's estate since her father has been missing for a long time.  When her father shows up one day Tipper is surprised, especially since he's not alone.  He has brought two people from a distant land called Amara.  They then embark on a dangerous quest to recover three statues Tipper sold to pay the bills.  These three statues mean life and death to Tipper's world, Chiril.  Other memorable characters join and help throughout the book.  Find out what happens by reading this amazing story.

Mrs. Paul creates fun characters that you fall in love with and care  deeply about.  The Christian principles throughout the story are very inspiring and thought provoking.  Also, two lovable characters from her last series, the DragonKeeper Chronicles, return to help with the expedition which made me very happy.  The bantering and confusing conversations between these two characters are just hilarious.  I most definitely recommend this book to all fantasy and dragon reading lovers.  Mrs. Donita K. Paul is a wonderful fantasy writer and I can't wait to see what she writes next.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Trails to Poosey by Olive R Cook

196 Pages: Life in the 1830s

Trails to Poosey was a very cute and suspenseful historical book.  I just kept holding on to my seat and reading, hoping that the story didn't end bad like some books do.  I can't tell you if it did but I can say that you should read the book.  The story's about a family who moves to Missouri to get away from the eastern states that were starting to become crowded.  Many people moved west to the great unknown in the 19th century and met hardships in the wilderness, just like the Robisons.  It's from Nathan's point of view, as a teen in the untamed land, that you get to see the story.  The main conflict is when his father goes to buy the land their family wants and never returns.  Why didn't he come back is the question Nathan sets out to answer.  Find out what happens by reading Trails to Poosey.

(This book was part of my Sonlight U.S. History curriculum and I recommend it to other home school families.)

Sequoyah and the Cherokee Alphabet by Robert Cwiklik

129 Pages: A early 19th century Indian Biography

A very interesting story even though it was a little boring.   Their were some very sad and descriptive parts but they were just part of the Cherokee way of life and life in general.  The story's about an Indian boy who grew up to create the first Indian alphabet and his journey to get there.  Sequoyah wants to be a warrior but becomes crippled and has bad blood from his white father who was a dishonest trader.  Can he still accomplish his goals even though everyone, including his wife, is against him.  Find out if he perseveres by reading this historical book about a real person in the 19th century.

(This book was part of my Sonlight U.S. History curriculum and I recommend it to other home school families.)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Looking for Fantasy Books to Read?

I read these series's before I got a blog and don't remember enough to write a review.  However, I do remember how much I loved and enjoyed reading them and most definitely recommend them to other readers :) (They are all labeled Fiction too)

The Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini
The DragonKeeper Series by Donita K. Paul
      Fantasy, Christian
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
      Fantasy, Christian
The Dragon King Trilogy by Stephen R Lawhead
      Fantasy, Christian
The King Raven Trilogy by Stephen R. Lawhead
      Fantasy, Christian
Binding of the Blade Series by L. B. Graham
      Fantasy, Christian 
Love Comes Softly Series by Janette Oke
      Christian, Romance
Legends of the Guardian King series by Karen Hancock
      Christian, Fantasy
The Pendragon Cycle by Stephen R. Lawhead
       Fantasy, Christian

Have fun reading these books as I know you will! :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Gathering of Days by Joan W. Blos

144 Pages: Journal of New England Girl

This story is set in the 1830s in New Hampshire of the young American nation.  Catherine's life has been tough and fraught with hardships including her mother dying.  In this book she has to reconcile her father's remarriage and the death of another person close to her.  There's also one really cool adventure of sorts she gets herself into.  It was a very touching and melancholy story about the rough life of the farmers and pioneers of the 19th century.  Get ready because her story may touch your heart.  It's perfect for young readers interested in the pioneer life.

(This book was part of my Sonlight U.S. History curriculum and I recommend it to other home school families.)

Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O'Dell

163 Pages: Sacagawea's Story

This story of an Indian Princess is well known to many but not the details.  Not even I knew that Sacagawea had a disturbing love story within the great westward expedition.  The story starts off with her capture by the Minnetarees when they attack her tribe, the Shoshones, which ends up leading her to join Lewis and Clark's expedition.  With trials around every corner, this Princess is forced to be strong and courageous against the odds and still be a mother to her young baby.  Though some parts are sad or brutal, you can learn from these mistakes of others.  All in all, this was an exciting book that piqued my interest and I gladly recommend it to other young readers.

(This book was part of my Sonlight U.S. History curriculum and I recommend it to other home school families.)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare

274 Pages: A French and Indian War Prisoner

The high strung and talented Miriam Willard's journey, from our past, was the interesting story of an indian captive.  This story tells of the hardships captives must go through as they are brought through the wilderness and sold in Montreal, Canada to the french.  Miriam goes through much on her journey and matures as a result of it.  Figuring out who she wants to have as her husband was an accomplishment of hers and you may be surprised who she ends up choosing.  This book was a very colorful and captivating story of a girl's struggle to survive.  It kept me reading it till the end and is great for young readers interested in suspense, indian prisoners, and history.

(This book was part of my Sonlight U.S. History curriculum and I recommend it to other home school families.)

Amos Fortune: Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

181 Pages: An African Prince who became a slave

The Prince of an African Tribe was Amos's position in life before the slavers came and took him away.  He was then sold in Boston in 1725 after enduring the harsh Middle Passage but never did he forget his dignity.   He clung to the hope of freedom and along the way to his, he bought other people's freedom.  His kind nature and hopeful spirit got him through the rough life in the colonies before blacks were treated as equals.  His story is filled with ups and downs worth reading so we can learn that other people, whatever the skin color, are equals.  This book was a touching story worth your time and perfect for young readers.

(This book was part of my Sonlight U.S. History curriculum and I recommend it to other home school families.)

Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold by Jean Fritz

179 Pages: An American Revolution General, Hero, and Traitor

The story of Benedict Arnold is interesting indeed.  Many people, including me, think how could anyone ever betray the Patriots?  This book starts off describing his bad childhood in the town of Norwich, Connecticut where he did crazy stunts.  He did these stunts because he liked the feel of adrenaline.  This eventually led him to enlisting in the colonial forces so he could become a great hero.  He was a daring military leader but he made many enemies which made his life hard.  He always wanted money and was greedy for it and you can guess what happened because of that.  This was a very educational and interesting book that I really enjoyed reading.  It's perfect for young readers who love to learn about unusual history figures.

(This book was part of my Sonlight U.S. History curriculum and I recommend it to other home school families.)

Guns For General Washington by Seymour Reit

120 Pages: An American Revolution Story

This book starts off during the stalemate in Boston of the American Revolution.  It's about a courageous man's journey through lakes, forests, hills, and treacherous territory pulling heavy cannons and guns to the colonial headquarters so as to help the patriot cause.  This man was known as Henry Knox and he became the colonel of artillery in the rebel force.  The downside though to this position was that there wasn't any use able artillery anywhere near the headquarters in Cambridge, outside of Boston.  So he came up with a daring plan to bring the cannons captured, earlier in the war, at Fort Ticonderoga to Cambridge with the help of his brother Will.  However, their journey is anything but easy as they meet many unforeseen difficulties.  This was very interesting and educational book, great for younger readers.

(This book was part of my Sonlight U.S. History curriculum and I recommend it to other home school families.)