The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy: Book 1, Coming Home

Claire Youmans tale of the Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy are delightful, charming, and thought-provoking tales that will be loved by the entire family. I was recently introduced to this set, and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of Book 1: Coming Home. Plot Synopsis: Hachibei and Chizuyo are a poor loving couple. Although they have little in terms … Read more

Boxes for Beds – A Mystery in History

Boxes for Beds is a mystery novel set in the early 1960’s.  Plot summary: Author and single mother Leslie moves from the big city to a small town in Arkansas after a bad breakup. Her fiancé responds poorly to learning the truth about Leslie’s daughter’s deceased father, and Leslie turns to the town where she visited … Read more

Help with Fractions

This post definitely does not fall under my category of “sneaky math,” because there’s nothing sneaky about this book. However, I think it’s a very, very useful book if you are looking for some help with fractions and percents. Fractions and Percentages: For Primary School Students In general, I find this book very satisfactory in … Read more

Battlefield Earth

Epic. That’s a word that gets thrown around a lot – it’s become a part of modern slang, kinda like awesome when I was a teen (whoops, dated myself there). Yes, we all still say awesome, but it no longer means inspiring awe. It just means something is cool. The equivalent of the 1950’s “Neat-o.” Epic in … Read more

The Queen of Katwe, Chess, and Making a Difference.

Six or seven years ago, we went to our first homeschool bookfair. We had a blast – if there’s one thing this family loves, it’s books. It was in a fairly large convention center, and the exhibit hall housed (of course) vendors with many other offerings than simply books. We came upon a booth hosted … Read more