Thursday, November 1, 2012

Book Review: Imagination Station books

When I was a kid, a highlight of our week was getting to listen to Adventures in Odyssey on the radio. Now my children are loving listening to the adventures on CD. So when Tyndale House Publishers gave us the opportunity to review a couple of the Imagination Station books, I figured the girls would loved them too.  And I was right!

We received books 8 & 9.  Book 8 is Battle for Cannibal Island. In this book 2 children take an adventure in the Imagination Station and visit an island inhabited by cannibals. After many harrowing adventures, they make it safely back to Whit's End where Whit tells them that the missionary they met is the well known, James Calvert.

In book 9 Escape to the Hiding Place, the same children go on another Imagination Station adventure, this time finding themselves in Holland during World War II where they help an injured Canadian pilot, and then deliver a Jewish baby to Corrie ten Boon's house, hiding in their hidden room while the gestapo looks for them.

As soon as these books showed up, my girls grabbed them! I think Sassy had the first one finished before it had been in our house a full day.  Both girls enjoyed the books and asked if we could get more of the series. I also found them enjoyable, and like that it's teaching kids, in a fun way, about missionaries.

I think it's important to note, that these books kind of assume you know about the Adventures in Odyssey radio series. Whit, the Imagination Station, etc. are never really "introduced" for anyone who's not familiar with the show, although it occurs to me that they might have been introduced more thoroughly in the earlier books in this series. Overall, these books don't seem to build on each other, so, while they are numbered, it appears that you can choose the books that deal with the topics that interest you.

Disclaimer: I received these books, free of charge from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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