Heroines of the Past Bible Study
Ten Girls From History
Costumes With Character
Uncover Exciting History
Golden Prairie Press
Amy Puetz is a homeschool graduate
who loves history. She loves to tell the
stories of people who impacted their
generation. She first wrote a historical
costume book and then wrote additional
historical books with a Christian worldview. Her company, Golden Prairie
Press, sent Schoolhouse Crew reviewers
a copy of one of their four E-Books.
1. Heroines of the Past Bible Study is
both a Bible study and a collection of
stories about historical women.
2. Ten Girls From History tells the stories of ten of the bravest girls in history,
girls that demonstrate Godly character.
3. Costumes With Character shows
how to sew costumes from eleven time
periods with one dress. The patterns
are designed for young adults but can
be adapted for use with younger girls.
4. Uncover Exciting History shares
American Christian heritage in short,
The Schoolhouse Review Crew re-
ceived these four books for review
from Golden Prairie Press. They are
found in both print form or electronic
(E-Book) format. To read the reviews
from the Schoolhouse Review Crew,
please click here.
Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn
Christian Liberty Press
These days church music is often reduced to meaningless phrases repeated
over and over that leave the singer, or
observer, with nothing but a pleasant
emotional feeling. Is that true worship?
Regardless of your opinions about
church music, I hope that you give your
children the opportunity to appreciate
and value the depth of the old hymns.
Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers
by Douglas Bond is a fantastic way to
The story starts off with two young
American children visiting a town in
England, certain that nothing of interest
will happen in that quiet place. At first,
the boy seemed disrespectful toward the
people they meet throughout the town
and the children have their usual sibling
bickerings (sometimes hearing things
like this is a good conversation-starter
among your own children!).
Then they meet the church’s pipe organist, nicknamed Mr. Pipes, and he
takes them through the fascinating history and stories surrounding many of the
great hymns of our faith. Mr. Pipes makes
the music become truly alive for them.
John and I have always had a huge
appreciation for pipe organs and the
incredible music they produce. If your
children are unfamiliar with pipe organ
music, find some on YouTube and let
them listen (and watch!). The skills of
a pipe organist are really quite remarkable, and it will give your kids a better
understanding of what they are reading
about in Mr. Pipes.
One of my favorite classical organ
pieces is Widor’s Toccata—takes your
breath away. Take the time to find some
clips of these great old hymns on pipe
organ as well!
Lovely, simple, black and white illustrations are included in the Mr.
Pipes book, as well as the scores for
several great hymns. Our family loves
to stand around the piano and sing
hymns together; it helps teach them
harmony. All of our kids love this family singing time, and Mr. Pipes gave us
a much better understanding of what
we are singing.
Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers was first released in 1999 but is now
available as an E-Book. The print version is $9.89, but the E-Book is $8.79. It
is the first book in the Mr. Pipes series,
and the entire series can be purchased
through Christian Liberty Press for
—Product review by Gwen Toliver,
blogging for the Schoolhouse Review
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