Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stories of the Pilgrims


November is usually a time of celebration for Americans with their Thanksgiving being in that month.  For us Canadians, we have celebrated Thanksgiving earlier in October – mostly due to the fact that our harvest is a done before our neighbours at the south.   Nevertheless, I wanted to be part of the review team of the Stories of the Pilgrims and proceeded to listened to this before our Thanksgiving week-end.  I received a download of the recording and a pdf study guide.  

The story begins with Queen Anne's visit to Scrooby Inn.  Stories of the Pilgrims tells, in story form, the everyday life of the Pilgrims in England and Holland, of their voyage on the Mayflower, and their adventures in the New World. The Brewster children and other Pilgrim boys and girls are the center of interest. This is a wonderful recording for a family to listen to together in the weeks before Thanksgiving.

We usually occupy ourselves listening to audio stories while we drive to swimming.  So one day in October as my kids were requesting another audio series we usually listen I said: “No this time we will listen to something that I need to review.”  There was disappointment voiced and my oldest was somewhat annoyed at the disturbance in the routine we usually have on Wednesday.  

“Trust me.  It’s going to be good.   We will learn about the Pilgrims and how they came to celebrate Thanksgiving.”  The oldest son looked at me and was not impressed with the change.   Nevertheless, I persevered and started the Stories of the Pilgrims.  And so our 2010_05_24_12_11_36"adventure” began.  Well, imagine having a grumpy 7th grader because he can’t listen to our usual audio stories slowly reacting to what we are listening in the truck as we drive to and from Co-op and swimming.    The kids quickly got interested in the story and enjoyed listening to it while we drove.  My oldest child even started asking for it every time we would get in the truck…. Yes the same child that didn’t enjoy the interruption in his Wednesday routine.

So during the weeks leading to our Thanksgiving the kids and I listened to the beautiful story of the audio version of Stories of the Pilgrims.  The Study Guide was also provided as well though when I got it we were way into the stories and too far along to embark on a testing the comprehension of the stories.  But we talked about what we listened and knew exactly what they were talking about when they mentioned the rock of the pilgrims.  You see, a couple of years ago, we were in the area of Plymouth, MA and went to explore the area and saw the Mayflower anchored in the bay (a replica).


Listening to Stories of the Pilgrims made us remember our trip in Plymouth and I was almost disappointed that we didn’t visit the Pilgrims village when we were there.  Now we have a new reason to go back and visit the area again.  *grin*

Even if the audio of Stories of the Pilgrims is a product which is historically linked to the Americans, we enjoyed listening to it and discovering how Thanksgiving came to be for the Pilgrims.    This audio was definitively an history lesson as well as a great reminder on how hard the people had to work when they arrived in the New World.  We could easily juxtaposed what we have learned on this audio to life in Canada in the early days.

If you would prefer to read "Stories of the Pilgrims" to your children with the real book version  or while listening to this story, go to www.yesterdaysclassics.com.  The audio version of Stories of the Pilgrims will last 4 hours 10 minutes.  

The price for this product during the month of November 2013 will be 15$.  You can also purchase the Pilgrims Study Guide for 5$ as well.   You can purchase both at Jim Hodges Audio Books.   Please note that the regular price for the download version is 18$.   You can also opted for the MP3 CD version which is available for the price of 25$.  


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Disclaimer: Thanks to Bow of Bronze and Jim Hodges Audio Books for sending me the above mentioned products 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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