Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Discover more in Grandma’s Attic series

Still More Stories from Grandma’s Attic and Treasures from Grandma’s Attic
By Arleta Richardson
Published at David C Cook

About the books

106807lgGrandma did what?  You might be surprised.   Back in the 1880’s, when she was a young girl named Mabel, trouble seemed to follow her everywhere.   She and her best friend, Sarah Jane, had the best intentions at home and at school, but somehow clumsiness and mischief106808lg always seemed to intrude.  Whether getting into a sticky mess with face cream, traveling to the big city, sneaking out to a birthday party or studying for the spelling bee, Mabel’s brilliant ideas only seemed to show how much she had to learn.   And each of her mishaps turned into lessons in honesty, patience and responsibility.  

Arleta Richardson’s beloved series, Grandma’s Attic, returns with Still more Stories from Grandma’s attic and Treasures from Grandma’s Attic, the third and fourth books in the refreshed classic collection for girls ages 8 to 12.   These compilations of tales recount humorous and poignant memories from Grandma Mabel’s childhood on a Michigan farm in the late 1800’s.   Combining the warmth and spirit of Little House on the Prairie with a Christian focus, these books transport readers back to a simpler time to learn lessons surprisingly relevant in today’s world.

Even though these stories took place over a hundred years ago, there are something about being a girl that never change.  Just like Mabel, girls still want to be prettier or more independent.  It’s all part of growing up.  But the amazing thing is – Grandma felt the same way!  Sometimes your brother teases you or someone you thought was a friend turns out to be insincere.   Sometimes you’re certain you know better than your parents, only to discover to you horror that they might have been right.   It’s all part of growing up.

Richardson’s wholesome stories have reached more than two million readers worldwide.  Parents appreciate the godly values and character they promote while children love the captivating storytelling that recounts childhood memories of mischief and joy.   These books are ideal for homes, schools, libraries or gifts and are certain to be treasured.  So return to Grandma’s attic, where true tales of yesteryear bring timeless lessons for today, combining the appeal of historical fiction for girls with the truth of God’s Word.   Each captivating story promotes godly character and values with humor, understanding and warmth.

Who is Arleta Richardson?

The late Arleta Richardson grew up an only child in Chicago, living in a hotel on the shores of Lake Michigan.  Under the care of her maternal grandmother, she listened for hours to stories from her gramdmother’s childhood.  With unusual recall, Arleta began to write these stories for an audience that now numbers over two millions.  “My grandmother would be amazed to know her stories have gone around the world,” Arleta said.

My Thoughts

I had had the privilege to review the two previous books from Grandma’s attic a few months ago.   I was looking forward to discover more stories from Mabel and her adventures.    When the two new books were available, I didn’t hesitate whatsoever to request them.   

My daughter, who is three years old, wanted to have them right away.   She loves the illustrations that accompany the stories.    But I hid the books so I can be certain I would be able to find them easily to read them.  

I am once again pleased with the lessons from the books.    My only disappointment is that the fourth book is not written the same way as the previous three.  In the previous book, you get and introduction and conclusion of Arleta with her grandmother for each chapter.  This is not so in the fourth book.  Even though I am disappointed with this as I found it was highlighting the godly values in a creative way, I must say the books are a delight to read.    They are clean and very easy to understand.    The books illustrate that even in the 1800’s a young girl could come with some brilliant ideas which could put her in such a situation that she would realized what the best thing was to be done.

Having some books that don’t hesitate to bring forth God’s truth in a specific situation is fabulous to own if you ask me.   There are so many books out there that I would not even consider simply because they encourage the kids to do things that I am not supportive of. 

Seeing my little daughter wanting to grab these and look at them at the age of three, I think she will love the stories when she is older…

Still More Stories from Grandma’s Attic and Treasures from Grandma’s Attic are available at your favourite bookstore, even

Disclaimer: I received the product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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