I was very excited when I was contacted to review the Imagination Station book series, because my kids LOVE books. This review will focus primarily on books 5 and 6 the two newest books in the series.
Be sure to also enter the giveaway at the end of the post so you can win your very own set of these amazing books.
When the books arrived my daughter, Gwyn age 5, was very EXCITED. She always gets excited when a package arrives in the mail (okay so do I). That night we began reading Showdown with the Shepard which is book 5 in the series. Since she cannot read on her own yet we sat down on the sofa each night before bedtime to read a few chapters (just her and I). Her first reaction was,"Mom there aren't many pictures in this book!" So I was worried that she may not be ready for chapter books yet. But I explained that the books were special big kid books and that she needed to use her imagination to create pictures in her mind from the descriptions in the book. I continued reading and after the first chapter I told her we would stop and continue reading more the next night. But to my surprise she insisted we read a little more, so we read two more chapters. The next day she drew two scenes from the book. After we completed the book I asked Gwyn if she wanted to make a sling shot or catapult like the ones we read about in the book. She decided she wanted to build a catapult. We also did some more research on catapults like why they were used, when they were used and how they worked.
|Gwyn's time machine with lots of buttons!|
|Gwyn drawing the scene from the book where the bear is chasing the |
cousins and David saves them.
|Gwyn's catapult which works very well (DON'T put marbles in it). |
We used egg cartons, popsicle sticks, tape, glue and a rubber band.
And of course some glitter because every catapult needs glitter, lol.
|Gwyns picture of a catapult.|
|Gwyn's Native American girl.|
|Yup even the cat got a headdress|
At the end of each book is puzzle which will reveal a secret word. After you reveal the secret word you can enter it on the Imagination Station website to unlock a special surprise. Gwyn enjoyed the puzzles. Problems at Plymouth had a quiz and I was very shocked when she knew all of the answers to the questions. Also on the website are some other great resources such as vocab lists, family activities, more history facts and devotionals.
We have also finished book 1 and 2. Books 7 and 8 are in currently in the works below you can catch a glimpse of the covers. I really hope that the series continues after book 8 because Gwyn will be devastated if it ends.
Books in the series:
- -Voyage with the Vikings: Come along with Patrick and Beth as they meet a Viking named Eric the Red
- -Attack at the Arena: Patrick and Beth visit ancient Rome and search for a special silver cup
- -Peril in the Palace: Visit China in 1271 and find the golden tablet of Kublai Khan
- -Revenge of the Red Knight: Patrick and Beth wind up in a battle between two knights in England
- -Showdown with the Shepherd: A trip to ancient Israel leads to a run-in with Goliath
- -Problems in Plymouth: The cousins visit America and see the first Thanksgiving
- -Secrets of the Prince’s Tomb: Join the cousins as they visit in Egypt - Coming December 2011
- -Mystery of Starlight Island: Coming May 2012
Adventures in Odyssey was started by Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family in 1986. He wanted to produce a high-quality drama series for the radio that families could enjoy. They decided that it should be set in a small town (called Odyssey) somewhere in the Midwest and hearken to the golden age of radio without sounding dated. In 1987, a 13-week test series was aired on the Focus on the Family broadcast. It was called Family Portraits and chronicled the lives and times of Odyssey residents & including John Whittaker and a special "soda shop and discovery emporium" called Whit's End. The response was so favorable that Focus went one step further and created the weekly radio program that is now called Adventures in Odyssey.
The Imagination Station series is a historical fiction adventure series for young readers, published by Tyndale House and Focus on the Family. Travel back in time with two cousins and sail with the Vikings, meet a Roman emperor, come face-to-face with China’s Kublai Khan, and experience a host of other historical adventures in the Imagination Station series for young readers. The series features the virtual reality device the Imagination Station, which is one of the major plot devices used in the Adventures in Odyssey audio drama series. Nobody knows the inner workings of the mysterious device, invented by Odyssey’s Mr. Whittaker, but with a push of a button, it launches users back in time to experience historical events in-person.
Links to visit:
- -Preview the first chapter of Showdown with the Shepherd
- -Preview the first chapter of Problems in Plymouth
- -Q&A with Author Marianne Hering
- -Imagination Station website
- -Radio Show website
- -Adventures in Odyssey on Twitter
- -Adventures in Odyssey on Facebook
"The key to adventure lies within your imagination."
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