"Watch your thoughts, for they become words, Watch your words, for they become actions, Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny." - Unknown
Last June, I spent time searching for character fictional living books with a HEAVY emphasis on Christian values. I wanted books that would also engage the Little Lady's interest. Every time, I looked I could hear my sweet friend's voice whispering, "Rod and Staff. Rod and Staff!"
Now, I have three friends that only use Rod and Staff as their curriculum. And, they all say the same thing about it. Rod and Staff story books offer fictional and non-fiction stories based on ethical teachings. The goal of these books is to impart truth without compromising the word of God.
Finally, I got the chance to sit down one day and click through their storybook section. I spent a good bit of time just reading the little captions on all their books in all their different age groups. There were so many to choose from and I had not heard of most of them except for the few titles that one of my friends had suggested in years past.
I don't know about you but when books are suggested to me I look them up to see all the reviews. If it doesn't fit my criteria, I don't buy it. So, when I plugged the titles into amazon to see what others had to say about them, I was so disappointed. Many of the books didn't have any comments on them. So, although I knew that they all were highly recommended I had no idea which ones to buy the Little Lady.
I spent several more weeks searching around some blogs to see if anyone had written anything about these stories. I couldn't find very much at all. I asked Beloved if I could just take the plunge! I was going to have to risk that they were exactly what I was looking for in regards to character stories and then take the risk that she will enjoy reading them.
I started off with books that specifically dealt with the girls as the main character.
Well, the books came one summer afternoon.
And with nothing else in the camper to read -- She devoured 15 books in 2 weeks.
She liked them all.
Her two favorite so far?
"Cornfield Baby" and "Wildlife on the Farm".
As a Family we read "The Family God Gave" and "Missionary Stories with the Millers."
These books are so wonderful.
We liked them so much that we added on 16 more for this years fall reading.
This time, I focused on the titles that had girls with other siblings.
And, anything that dealt with animals and nature.
I do believe by the time the boys are ready for these,
I will be ready to buy the ones that specifically just have boys as the main character.
I think all of these deserve 5 stars.