It is the summer of the late rose in Mossflower Woods. As the animals gather at Redwall Abbey to feast in celebration of Abbot Mortimer's Golden Jubilee, the dark clouds of war gather on the horizon. The evil, one-eyed rat, Cluny the Scourge, and his band of marauders have arrived in Mossflower country. Securing the church of St. Ninian's as his base of operations, Cluny seeks to conquer Redwall Abbey and take it as his own.<|><|>Preparing the residents of Redwall to face this cruel rodent of legendary fame and his henchrats are Abbot Mortimer, the religious leader of the abbey; Constance, a fierce and battle-wise badger; and Matthias, an eager but clumsy mouse, as yet untried in battle. Rising to a position of leadershi ... more
A Swiss family is traveling to a new colony when their ship is blown off course in a six-day storm and runs aground near an uninhabited island. The father, mother, and their four sons escape the wrecked ship and make their way ashore to find that they are the only survivors of the wreck. Salvaging what resources they can from the wreck, the family begins carving out a solitary existence on the island, uncertain when or if a rescue ship will arrive.<|><|>Despite dangerous animals, torrential monsoons, and the loneliness of isolation, they face all their hardships with energy, ingenuity, and the knowledge that God is with them.<|><|>The years pass by without rescue. Then one day, Fritz, the oldest son, discovers a note fro ... more
'. . . but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts. . . .'<|><|>~Romans 5:3 - 5<|><|> <|><|>The Great Depression was a difficult time for most Americans, and the difficulty was magnified if you were black and lived in the South.<|><|>Although many of the black families around Strawberry, Mississippi are sharecroppers, the Logan family owns the land they work. Their independence allows them to help other families in need, but also draws unwanted attention from their white neighbors. Another black family has been attacked by murderous 'night men, ... more
Jonas's community is a perfect society. There is no pain or hunger, everyone is provided for, and there are no problems. A set of Rules governs everything from the formation of families, to standards for behavior, to the age at which a child receives his bicycle. Jonas is an Eleven, and like all other members of his age group, he will soon take part in the Ceremony of Twelve, in which he is assigned to a particular job for the rest of his life in the community. Jonas is nervous about the coming ceremony. He has no idea what his Assignment, chosen for him by the Committee of Elders, will be.<|><|>But Jonas is unique in the community, and in recognition of his uniqueness Jonas is chosen to be the next Receiver of Memory, t ... more
In 1878, Ed Muldie and his three sons leave Kentucky to take advantage of the free land offered by the United States government through the Homestead Act. They settle in Nicodemus, Kansas, and build a dugout home to live in for the winter.<|><|>During the harsh winter, the people of Nicodemus are saved from starvation by the Osage Indians who bring them food. The following spring, Ed Muldie leaves his boys with the people of Nicodemus while he travels ahead to find a place to build a home. While living by themselves in the dugout, the three boys narrowly escape a prairie fire. When a letter from their father finally arrives, the three boys must travel 150 miles by themselves to reach their new home. <|><|>Interactive CD- ... more
The Long Way Westward is the sequel to The Long Way to a New Land. Here we follow a Swedish family from New York, where they have just arrived as emigrants, across America to Minnesota. There a relative waits for them, with a home and work. Along the way they are helped by other Swedish emigrants, and encounter some difficulties while learning to adjust to living in a new land. <|><|>Interactive CD-rom.
The transition book. Practice lessons devoted to the acquisition of basic italic using days & months, and modes of travel (automobile through zeppelin). The last section of the book contains entrance and exit strokes, which are needed to form cursive italic, and the first five joins. Includes numerals.
The Long Way to a New Land is the story of a Swedish family's struggle as they make their way to America. We meet them first in Sweden in 1868, during the 'hunger years.' Hope reaches them through a letter sent to them by a relative in America, asking them to come to 'the land of opportunity.' We follow the family as they sell their home and make their way to a boat, which is over-crowded with other emigrants. For twelve days they travel, until finally they see, for the first time, the Statue of Liberty. On shore they, along with all the other emigrants, are examined by doctors and questioned before being allowed into the country. Finally allowed onto American soil the family's eldest son, Carl Erik, exclaims, 'Now we ar ... more
Jonathan is sure there are no bears on Hemlock Mountain. When he is given the task of going over the mountain to his aunt's house to borrow a large pot for his mother, he reassures himself over and over: 'There... are... no... bears... on... Hemlock... Mountain... no... bears... no... bears... at... all.' Once at his aunt's house Jonathan dawdles, enjoying cookies and a nap. When he wakes up he realizes that it is very late, and now he must go back over Hemlock Mountain - in the dark! Despite his repeating over and over to himself that there are no bears, suddenly he meets some. Thinking quickly Jonathan puts the large iron pot upside down on the snow and hides under it. Frightened and alone, he can do nothing but wait f ... more
Jody Baxter, his father, Penny, and his mother, Ora, live on an island of high, good land surrounded by the Florida scrub. It is a meager existence, often filled with hardship, but the Baxters get by on what they have. Jody and his father have a special relationship, sharing a common love of nature and the simple pleasures of life. Penny is indulgent, allowing Jody to 'kick up his heels' while he can. 'The day'll come,' Penny thinks, 'he'll not even care to.'<|><|>In contrast to the quiet, peaceful lives of the Baxters, their nearest neighbors, the Forresters, are loud, argumentative, and prone to being troublemakers. Jody finds their zest for life and their free and easy ways appealing. But relations between the Baxters ... more