This week I want to share two things, well, re-share one. The re-share is a wonderful email group that shares links once or twice a week. It is called Where Can I Find It. It is a valuable resource.
Now I want to share a resent email sent to the group because she found a wonderful free book resource, ebooks that is. There are some G A Henty books there too. I hope you enjoy this.
Until next time, God bless,
Free books, history, & fall
Here is another source for free books. The Libraries at the University of Florida make available an impressive collection of public domain books in a wide variety of subjects. Books can be read online, or printed out and the site is searchable.
I really can’t go through the whole site, both because of my time constraints, but also because I really don’t know what might appeal to you all. However, I’ll broad sketch some of the things I found.
The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature is probably a good place to start for all those wonderful children’s books of nature, science, history, and tales from long ago —
This is an alphabetical list of all 6000+ titles in the Baldwin collection, in case you want to browse – use the left side column to narrow the search by language, publication date (1850 thru 1890), and publisher:
Here’s something called Pleasant Work for Busy Fingers or, Kindergarten at Home. This book tells of four children, using the story to introduce skills such as “Paper-Cutting” “…Sewing,” “Clay” and “Out of Doors.”
Shakespeare the Boy is a pretty thorough look at Shakespeare’s world in the years of his childhood. Although precious little of Shakespeare’s biography is actually known, this book looks at the county of his birth, famous places and people living around that time, as well as things like what houses were like, games children played, holidays and festivals. There are several illustrations, and the descriptions often relate the items/people to scenes or lines from the plays.
Rhymes of the States was published in 1894. Starting in the north eastern most point (Maine), each state is presented with a map, statistics, and brief history (for example, first settlements). There’s also lots of information that’s surely out of date, too (population, economy), but some may find these figures interesting as well.
And here is the American History collection main page – again, use the left-side column to narrow by topic, geography, and/or genre. BTW, there seems to be a lot of resources (including primary sources) for the civil war period:
And one more: The blog site Stories and Your Life contains a collection of fairy tales, myths and epics that can be read online. It’s a work of love by a storyteller with a counseling background who includes introductory remarks about each genre. Among the fairy tales you’ll find the standards “Cinderella,” “Little Mermaid,” and “Sleeping Beauty,” as well as a less-known tale or two like “The Table, the Ass and the Stick.” Very abbreviated versions of the Odysseus and Oedipus myths can almost be used as Cliff’s Notes type synopses. And finally, if you’re a fan of King Arthur tales, you’ll find another synopsis – this one of the legend of Parzival (Percival) as told by a German poet in the early 1200s. Here is a link to the “about me” page (there’s no actual home page):
BTW: along with the stories, the blogger presents “oracle cards” that I’m pretty sure are meant in the same spirit as fortune cookies., but I didn’t pay much attention to.
And, finally, a resource I’m proud to share – Tending Our Lord’s Garden, a Catholic mom using Charlotte Mason to homeschool four children. Among the resources she generously offers are notebooking pages and timeline cards for elementary history. Themed to The Story of the World books, they are useful for anyone using a chronological approach to history. The three sets available cover ancient times, middle ages, and modern times through the mid-1800s. Now this is a blog, so the homepage will vary depending on when you access it. Use the tabs to access the SOTW resources — and maybe leave a comment to say Thank You for sharing:
‘til next week –
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