Golden Prairie Press is my newest review with TOS Schoolhouse Review! MG and I had a chance to review the e-book, Uncovering Exciting History. Amy Puetz is the head honcho of Golden Prairie Press and the author of this e-book, and others (which were reviewed by other TOS reviewers – click on the link at the bottom of this review post to read about them all!)
This book is available from the website as a PDF, MOBI, EPUB, audio book, and a printed book. I downloaded it on my laptop for my own reading, and on my husband’s iPad for MG to read. Right now, it’s on sale for $11.96, regular price being $14.95. Check it out!
Those are the details, but what did we think about it? My readers know me well enough to know we’re not really a super techno family. Papa and I use our computers for this and that, but the children really don’t use the computers much. The idea of reading a book from a screen? I am not really on the fence about it – I don’t care one bit for it. So you would expect me to greatly dislike this product, but surprise! It was quite well-received! The privilege of using Papa’s iPad held a particular allure, and the fact that this book was specifically FOR MG made the whole review even better :)
So once I got past my issue with MG reading a book on a screen, (she had no problems with that, let me tell you!) it was smooth sailing! It took a smidge to figure out how to navigate the book, but that was only because we had never done it before (you folks who read loads on tablets or e-readers would have thought us so silly!) Amy has a lovely style of writing, and like the website says, the book is written in such a way,“revealing America’s Christian heritage in short, easy-to-read nuggets.” You can view a sample of Golden Prairie Press ‘ Uncovering Exciting History here. The chapters are pretty short, and carry you through American history with a broad brush.
Some neat things that Amy includes in this 184-page book are maps (love that!) and MG’s favorite – the projects. It’s not an overload of images and maps and extension ideas, but enough to engage the middle-school-age reader. For the mom, I tend to think that if it’s there, we have to do it. As this is geared towards MG as the reader/interacter of the text, she does a fine job in giving “just enough”!
Here is what MG had to say:
“Broad topic, and yet you don’t really miss much. She doesn’t go into lots of details, but she gives you enough information so that it’s exciting, not boring. The way she writes, it’s almost like she lived there!”
When asked if she would be interested in reading other Amy books, MG said, “Yeah, I like ‘em!” This, coming from she who reads only high fantasy!
Amy also has a monthly e-mail e-zine, Heroines of the Past, that you can sign up for here: http://amypuetz.com/MailingList.html
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Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was given this product, free of charge, in exchange for a timely and honest opinion.