Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Great Old Books for a New Generation

Salem Ridge Press is a publishing company, established in November, 2005, dedicated to bringing back quality children’s books of the 1800’s and early 1900’s for a new generation of readers. They strive to republish books that are well-written, interesting and wholesome. I had the distinct pleasure of checking out several of their books and was very impressed with the quality of the books that they are republishing.

I had the pleasure of reading Glaucia, the Greek Slave and was very pleased with the quality of the story. It is a wonderful story about a slave girl in the first Century who learns about Jesus. It gives a tremendous amount of history and culture of the time in Greece and Italy. This would be a tremendous supplement to any Ancient Greece study!

My daughter read Mary Jane, her Book and was delighted with the simple story. It reminded her a little of the Junie B. Jones books which she thoroughly enjoyed.

I would highly recommend any of the books that Salem Ridge Press has republished, as well as anything they will be republishing in the future since they are a company founded on Godly principles by a homeschool graduate. The
underlying philosophy of Salem Ridge Press is found in the Bible: "Whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8)." Daniel firmly believes that what we read matters and what we take into our minds is a major factor in forming our ideas and character. His goal is to be a blessing to others by providing reading material that fits the qualifications outlined in the Bible. While not every title that Salem Ridge Press publishes is explicitly Christian, all of our titles have strong moral values and encourage positive character.

You can feel safe in letting your children read any of these books since they are carefully screened and edited where necessary to protect your child's purity. I will definitely be looking to Salem Ridge Press for more good family reads as we continue our literature-based unit studies.

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