As a member of the TOS’s Review Crew, I was given three books to review. Being that my children are so young, this review is based solely on my personal experience as a mother of potential future readers and previous middle school reading teacher.
About the Company:
Salem Ridge Press is a publishing company, established in 2005, dedicated to bringing back quality children’s books of the 1800’s and early 1900’s for a new generation of readers. It was started by homeschooling graduate, Daniel Mills, and it strives to incorporate Godly character and high moral values into it’s literature.
When I first read about the purpose of this company, I was very excited because let’s face it, the world is full of bad influences and negative things for our young people. I was looking forward to literature that was uplifting, positive and most importantly, that which helped teach the character traits that we so desperately need to be teaching. The three books I reviewed are entitled Soldier Fritz, Young Robin Hood, and Down the Snow Stairs.
My Thoughts on Soldier Fritz by Emma Leslie
This book is wonderful historical/church fiction. In fact, I learned quite a bit about this period in history. Fritz, a young man, wants to follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther, and be a soldier for the Lord. He chooses a bible from from the peddler’s pack for his birthday gift. Fritz and his mother (the countess) take a powerful stand against organized religion. I found it be an interesting read and would love to someday try it out on my boys. A synopsis and ordering information for Soldier Fritz can be found here.
Young Robin Hood by George Manville Fenn
This is a cute story for younger readers about a boy named Robin who gets lost in the forest. He is taken in by Robin Hood, Little John, and Maid Marian. What I liked most about this book was the moral: that man should be judged by behavior and how he treats others. It also encourages the traits of kindness, hospitality and forgiveness. What wonderful morals to instill in our kids! Click here for a more detailed synopsis and ordering information.
Down the Snow Stairs by Alice Corkran
In this allegory, young Kitty struggles with being obedient. Isn’t that a subject all kids can relate to? She travels to a dreamland where she learns what becomes of contentment, vanity and greed. Overall, I thought this book had a great message. I only wish the author would’ve left out words such as “stupid” and “idiot”…the message could’ve come across without using those words. Overall, a delightful adventure the whole family will enjoy. Click here for for a synopsis and ordering information.
My Overall Impression:
It’s evident that Salem Ridge Press has very high values and standards as a company. Their desire to be a trusted source for the kind of books parents can feel good about giving to their children, is invaluable in today’s world. We need more companies like this and I applaud Daniel and his mission.
Because these books were written so long ago, you might find the language to be difficult for children. To me, this makes for a perfect read-aloud. Take the time to discuss the language and unfamiliar words with your kids, and their world will be expanded because of it. As a former 6th grade reading/language arts teacher, I can see a definite advantage in using these books. After all, well-written books that teach godly content and morals are hard to come by. I believe so much can be taught through literature, and these books would be a wonderful resource for any family.
Disclaimer: Salem Ridge Press provided these materials free of charge in exchange for my honest review as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew.