Before Austen Comes Aesop: The Children's Great Books and How to Experience Them, by Cheri Blomquist (educational resource)
We have all heard of the Great Books and know we should read them, but what about the literature that inspired them all--the tales and poems that helped to form the imaginations and inspire the minds of the authors behind the masterpieces of Western civilization? Welcome to the "children's great books", an annotated list of the literature that has been beloved and influential in children's lives since ancient times! Browse the list, learn why these selections are the "greats", and journey through the history of children's literature. Then choose your own adventure for experiencing them! Will it be leisurely, book club(ish), or scholarly? Before Austen Comes Aesop is perfect for homeschoolers who enjoy independent study, as well as everyone who wants to experience the best of children's literature!
If I Could Go Back: Reflections of a Former Homeschool Mom, by Cheri Blomquist (memoir) This is the story of my own eight-year homeschool journey, written especially for those who are struggling with their own journeys. You can learn more and order If I Could Go Back here:
The Secret Side of Fairy Dust, by Cheri Pardue Blomquist (middle-grade novel) SPECIAL OFFER! I have 10 copies that were not formatted as I intended, and I would hate to throw them away. I am therefore offering them at no charge plus media mail shipping costs (Venmo, Paypal, or concealed cash). Limit 2.
Merry Grey has always dreamed of seeing a real fairy, and she is certain that this is the year her dream will come true. After all, she will not only turn ten, but her birthday is also on Midsummer’s Eve, the night when fairies come out for their most spectacular ball! When she meets a mysterious woman who claims that Merry is part fairy and that she will soon find a gift of fairy dust just for her, she can hardly believe her luck.
But life is not a fairy tale, Merry soon realizes, and troubles begin to mount that she cannot solve. Worse, the expected gift of fairy dust, which she is certain will fix everything, is nowhere to be found. Fairy dust has a secret side, though--the ability to hide in the human heart as a special kind of magic with unlimited power and beauty. And it's just waiting to be discovered.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream, retold by Bruce Coville -- picture book, good condition, $2
(Memoria Press) The Bronze Bow Teacher Guide—like new, $6
(Memoria Press) The Bronze Bow Student Study Guide—used through chapter 3 w/minimal writing elsewhere, $4
(Memoria Press) The Hobbit Study Guide—very good condition, minimal writing, $5
(Memoria Press) The Trojan War Teacher Guide—excellent condition, $6
Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition, Third Course (1977 edition) – worn but good condition, $3
The Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book (for older artists)—only a few pages used, very good condition -- $3
A Summer of Sundays, by Lindsay Eland – very good condition, $2
Young Pioneers, by Rose Wilder Lane – very good condition, $1
The Legend of Saint Nicholas, by Demi—very good condition, $5
The Legend of the Candy Cane: The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy, by Lori Walburg—very good condition, $4
The Trials of St. Patrick, by Augustine Institute Radio Theater—FREE plus shipping (only listened to once)
Poetry for the Grammar Stage (Memoria Press) -- like new, $4