Each teacher's manual (from MFW) contains a "labor of love" simply titled,
In it are book suggestions made by Marie Hazell, writer of My Father's World curriculum, to help add richness to that year's study. This year we are studying Rome to the Reformation.
What is amazing about this book list is that Marie has read every single book.
As one mom to another, she gives you a heads up about the books. For example...
"This is a great book but on page 12 they mention _______. You may want to omit this or say __________ instead."
"This is a wonderful book but for children grade 6+."
You get the idea.
It's wonderful to me because the library can be a scary place these days.
I was looking at the library list and saw more than one book that said,
"Recommended both for historical information and high moral tone."
A good number of books that were asterisked as ones not to miss are older books that are out of print/ hard to find.
I checked with our library system and although we had a lot of the books listed, there were a few "special" ones that we didn't.
I tried to find them locally. It was on my search that I realized gone is the day of a small bookstore with informed, friendly staff that are eager to help.
What bookstores that remain are huge chains with too many "books" and not enough good reading material.
My trip to the bookstore was unsuccessful except for the purchase of a new mug that I'll share later. It cracked me up-- I had to :)
All this to say, I came home and about fifteen minutes later I found and ordered everything I needed at Amazon. I received free shipping on the books they had in stock too.
I've added the books from them into my sidebars so anyone doing Rome To Reformation this year can purchase them easily.
The used books I purchased will come from a variety of sellers across the nation.
At least I don't have to drive across the country to pick them up ;)
I miss the small, friendly bookstore but I must say I like being able to order from my home and we do look forward to seeing Don, our UPS driver. He is so nice!