I’m happy to share with you today a review of the newest Imagination Station books presented by Focus on the Family and published by Tyndale. They tell the adventures of cousins Beth and Patrick as they travel back in time through the Imagination Station of Odyssey (for all you Adventures in Odyssey fans!). We were once again not disappointed by this series. I love that they are written for younger kids. My 9 and 10-year-olds especially enjoyed reading them to themselves. And I read them aloud to my non-readers. (They are recommended for ages 7 and up, Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 2.1.)
Another thing we particularly liked was the introduction to two of history’s greatest Christian heroes: James Calvert and Corrie ten Boom. Maybe I can muster enough courage now to read ten Boom’s The Hiding Place (holocaust stories are so emotional for me), and I’d love to read more about James Calvert!
AIO Imagination Station Book #8 | Battle for Cannibal Island by Marianne Hering and Wayne Thomas Batson
It’s 1852 and cousins Patrick and Beth sail to Fiji on the HMS Calliope under the command of Captain James E. Home. They arrive at the islands to find that the Christian Fijians are at war with the non-Christian Fijians. Missionary James Calvert is trying to make peace and suggests that the captain allow peace negotiations on board the British vessel. Patrick and Beth learn about sacrificial living when they observe Calvert’s determination to live on Fiji despite the dangers and impoverished conditions and that he is willing to risk his life to live as Jesus would.
AIO Imagination Station Books #9 | Escape to the Hiding Place by Marianne Hering and Marshal Younter
Patrick and Beth arrive in World War II Holland in the farm country. They must smuggle a baby (by bicycle) into the capable hands of Corrie ten Boom at her home in Haarlem. Along the way they hide from Nazi soliders, meet a Russian surgeon forced into service by the Germans, and see the famous “hiding place” at the ten Boom’s watch shop. The children learn to appreciate the bravery and sacrifice of everyday people who helped the Jews.
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