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Posted August 26, 2014
This series continues to be a great way for young readers to learn about history and historical figures in an interesting, age-appropriate way. Hering and Batson deliver an exciting plot and interesting illustrations that pull children into the story. What I think is the best thing about this book is that it gives children an idea about who James Calvert was and what he did so that when they study him later as they grow and learn more in-depth history, they will already be familiar with him.
This was one of my more favorite books of the series as I appreciate the message in the book and the conversations it sparked as we read it together. If you are looking for a great book for beginning chapter readers or as a read-aloud for younger children, this is a great book. The Imagination Station series continues to provide historically accurate, engaging stories with great messages. On a side note, even though it is a series, the books do not have to be read in order, which is a big selling point for me!
Posted August 21, 2014
Battle for Cannibal Island (Imagination Station Book 8)
In this book, Mr. Whittaker’s Imagination station sends cousins Beth and Patrick to 1852 Fiji, where they learn that non-Christians and Christians are at war with each other.
I really liked John Calvert, a missionary the cousins meet, because he genuine love for others and willingness to face the dangers that may come to give the good news to Toki and the other Fijian cannibals.
This story does a fabulous job of demonstrating what sacrifice, compassion and love is all about, as well as the rewards for obedience and carrying others burdens.
This story flows smoothly and is so rich with Biblical principles and history. As with God’s sacrifice of his Son, we all need to sacrifice our own comforts and desires for the good of others.
Not only is this a great read for children, but a wonderful opportunity for parents to discuss the sacrifices God has made for us, and the rewards for obeying Him and carrying out his message to the world.
Kudos to the author and illustrator for epitomizing the Good News of the Bible in these delightful adventure books.
Posted August 5, 2014
In this exciting story Beth and Patrick find themselves on a sailing ship where they are considered stowaways who should be abandoned on the first island the ship finds according to naval law. Will Beth and Patrick get to the island safely and not get eaten by cannibals? Why did Toki throw the spear towards Beth?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2014
Patrick and Beth, eight year old cousins, go for an adventure in the Imagination Station and end up on a ship near Cannibal Island. They meet missionary James Calvert. Kids will learn how he evangelized Fiji Island and how we need to love and pray for our enemies. Great book for elementary kids!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2014
Fiji! We got to go to Fiji in this one, the eight book in the Imagination Station series! Why Fiji, you ask? To learn about mission work done there for Jesus, and Missionary James Calvert. Most people haven't heard of him (I hadn't), but wow! He walks in the footsteps of Jim Elliott, Nate Saint and so many others who laid their lives on the line for the sake of the Gospel. Of course, as always happens, let a kid get comfortable with the idea of adventure and they are prone to take off on their own initiative...this was a non-Whitaker sanctioned travel. Both Beth and Patrick learn a lot about sacrificial living and obedience to authority in this book, and so will your children. I bought my e-copy, but you can get yours in bookstores and online everywhere!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 14, 2014
I love how this series focuses on all kinds of great Christians throughout time. This book is about a missionary. My girls aged 4-8 loved listening to the book. They also enjoyed the Q and A at the back of the book with facts about the missionary.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2014
Great Kids Book!
Historical figures from long ago come to life when cousins, Beth & Patrick embark on another adventure in the Imagination Station at Whit's End. The kids have the chance to meet Missionary James Calvert after landing on a ship sailing towards a cannibal island. Patrick and Beth become separated from each other and each embark on a dangerous trip to the island.
This book is an excellent way for kids to not only experience a great adventure story but also learn about some important historical figures and learn some valuable life lessons.
Posted June 22, 2014
Exciting Series for Young Readers. This was a real adventure, with creativity and excitement. I thought the cannibals were creepy, and I’m not even a kid. It is easy reading, as well as engaging and educational.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2014
Battle for Cannibal Island is a great adventure to take your kids. It's a good, fun, inspiring story for your kids. My kids loved reading about Beth and Patrick going back in time to meet pirates and James Calvert in Fiji.
This is the first book me and my kids have read in this series and we look forward to more books in it.
Posted June 2, 2014
We've been reading the most recent 2 books in the Imagination Station series, Battle for Cannibal Island (yes, CANNIBAL Island, which is the story of an incredibly brave Christian missionary who cared more about seeing cannibals in Fiji saved than about his own life) and Escape to the Hiding Place which is the amazing story of Corrie Ten Boom. Receiving this last book in the mail was incredibly timely--the day before we'd just finished listening to the audio book "The Hiding Place" on the way back from a roadtrip. (By the way, if you've never read about Corrie Ten Boom, get your hands on the movie "The Hiding Place". It's an amazing, inspiring true story filled with miracles and God's grace.)
Each book in this series features two kids, Beth and Patrick, as the main characters who end up on historical adventures where they meet knights in shining armor, pilgrims, Egyptians, you name it. The books have mystery, real faith, and adventure. These books are are written at a 2nd grade reading level, but even I was captured with the stories! Definitely page turners--each one. And each one makes you want to research the true history deeper. My kids love history! And these books are part of the reason why.
As a homeschooling mom, I use these as part of my history curriculum. Yes, historical fiction may be a bit unorthodox, but it grabs my children's interest, real-life characters are featured in these books, and the authors stick as close to possible to real life events as can be expected with 2nd graders historical fiction. This is my favorite series for this age level and I couldn't recommend it more highly! Kind of like Magic Treehouse but MUCH better!
I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.
Posted June 2, 2014
Battle for Cannibal Island is the 8th book in the Imagination Station series. If you are not familiar with Focus on the Family's Adventures in Odyssey the Imagination Station is a contraption built by Mr. Whit that takes kids on adventures in different parts of time. They go on adventures in the Bible and different times in history. We love these books because they help get our 8 year old interested in history. It's a great alternative to the Magic Tree House books as it uses no magic and I know it is from a Christian perspective and safe to read.
The Battle for Cannibal Island is the story of missionary James Calvert. Patrick and Beth end up on a boat in the Queen's Navy in the 1850s. They end up as stowaways and Patrick ends up shipwrecked on Fiji or Cannibal Island. It is a story of Calvert's love for the Lord and putting others salvation above his own life. As in all Imagination Station books Patrick and Beth learn a valuable lesson about putting others needs above their own. It's a great read and we highly recommend it.
Posted March 15, 2014
Posted November 2, 2012
Beth stops into Mr.Whit's Ice Cream Shop looking for her cousin Patrick. She finds him hiding in the Imagination Station, a time machine of sorts, invented by Mr.Whit. Patrick is in a bad mood because he does not want to go to his Grandmother's birthday party. There are so many other fun things he could be doing. Beth got in the machine with him to talk to him. He decides to push the button that starts up the machine, but he was under the impression it was turned off. Well it hummed on and they were off to an adventure in the Imagination Station. When the humming stops they are on the deck of a sailing ship which is flying a British flag. But Patrick thinks they may be on a pirates ship.
Off in the distance Missionary James Calvert is talking to a British Captain. Calvert is wanting to be put ashore on Fiji Island but the Captain refuses to let him on the island because it is inhabited with cannibals.
Calvert knew the cannibals were as much God's children as were anyone else. He had every intention to tell them about God. Some of the Fijians had already accepted Christ as their Savior. As they continue their conversation a canoe sets off from the island with several of the cannibals and their leader headed for the ship.
When Patrick and Beth are discovered on the ship the Captain gave orders for them to be put in the hull of the ship with the other hard core prisoners. Calvert would not stand for the Beth to be put with the other prisoners. It was no place for a girl.
Then things turn chaotic on the ship among the prisoners and Patrick is right in the middle. What will happen to Patrick? Who should he fear the most the Captain, the pirates or the cannibals? What an adventure this has become.
The Imagination Station is an excellent way for children to learn about our Historical Christian heroes. True disciple of Christ. Willing to sacrifice their very lives to spread the word of eternal life through Christ out Lord and Savior.
The author gives our children a good look at the British involvement to rid the Fiji Island of cannibals. It was Calvert's mission to tell thee Fijians about God. Patrick also learned a lesson. What would that lesson be?
Will Patrick decide to go to his Grandmother's Birthday after this adventure? Will they be in trouble for going using the Imagination Station without Mr. Whit's permission?
I highly recommend this book.
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
Posted April 25, 2013
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Posted January 27, 2014
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