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Posted August 28, 2014
Escape to the Hiding Place is the third story of a three-book storyline, (The Redcoats are Coming, Captured on the High Seas, and Escape to the Hiding Place.)
In The Redcoats are Coming, cousins Patrick and Beth tell Mr. Whitman they are going to Boston (where the Revolutionary War took place) for a vacation with their grandmother. Before they leave, Mr. Whitman sends them to a ship at sea in 1775 (via the Imagination Station, of course) to warn the colonists about the approaching Redcoats, and to give a letter to Paul Revere.
In Captured on the High Seas, Patrick and Beth (in 1775, during the Revolutionary War) along with James, a young black teen, are on an American ship that is soon captured by the British. The cousins are concerned James could be sold to slavery.
In this story, Escape to the Hiding Place, Patrick and Beth travel to Holland during WWII, where they are to smuggle a baby to Corrie Ten Boom for safekeeping. It teaches what the Jews went through and the dangers to those who helped protect them during this awful time. The subject matter in this particular book is more mature than some of the others, so I suggest parents read along with their child to answer their questions or fears. There’s nothing explicit, but it does deal with death, war, and an unjust and scary time in history.
The Imagination Station book series allows young readers to travel along with these two young adventurers and learn historical events, geography, and most importantly, Christian principles. I appreciate the authors and illustrators for creating these Christian adventure books for young readers.
Posted August 13, 2014
Different from other books in the series
This book is different from the other books I've read in this series - unlike other adventures, Patrick & Beth have no idea where they are going or even a hint as to what they might learn while there. I thought that aspect was nice. Unlike many books in this series, the title is actually relevant to the story - even clever! (They have to make a baby "escape" to the Ten Boom's house ... Corrie Ten Boom wrote a book entitled "The Hiding Place" about her WWII experiences.) This book provides a great springboard for discussion with your elementary school children about this time in history. As expected, the story is a little forced and short, but for it's target age, I believe that's probably needed.
Posted August 12, 2014
Out of all of the Imagination Station books, the ninth in the series may be the most important book your child (and you) will read. "Escape to the Hiding Place" introduces Beth and Patrick to the well known Corrie Ten Boom and her part in the resistance against the Nazi regime. Beth and Patrick are moaning about being 'just little kids' and complaining that no one will allow them to do anything important. Mr. Whitaker proves them wrong by sending them on an adventure in the Imagination Station to World War II. Even though both children are only eight years old, they are instrumental in saving two lives and helping the underground smuggling of Jews to safety. Yes, it's a bit frightening, but this is an important time in history that is being erased from texbooks and forgotten by too many. In order to learn from the past and to not repeat it, one must know the truth. I received a complimentary copy of "Escape to the Hiding Place" from my friends at Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Highly, highly recommended!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 3, 2014
Patrick and Beth are discouraged because they can’t get a job until they are eleven which seems like forever. So Whit offers to send them on a trip in the Imagination Station. When they arrive, they find themselves near a windmill. They hear a plane crash and see a pilot coming down with a parachute. They hide though when they see three Nazi soldiers coming. A local young man finds them and takes them to his home. Unfortunately, there is a mission that needs to be done but no one else can do it because only children would be able to get through. But what happens when Beth gets stopped by the Gestapo officer? The children learn about being brave when scared and how children can make a difference. They also get to meet Corrie Ten Boom. Loved it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2014
“No one thinks kids can do anything,” Beth says in the beginning of the book. So Whit sends cousins Beth and Patrick on an adventure through the Imagination Station to Holland during World War II. There they do something that only a child could do. It’s dangerous and scary but they do it and learn about the Dutch who did not support the Nazi’s and instead tried to rescue the Jews. Great story for late elementary kids.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2014
I was a little worried that the topic of WW2 and Jews trying to escape would be too much for my young kids. But the book handled it in a very good way. They introduced the kids to Corrie Ten Boom and how she helped Jews hide and escape. They also saw how the war affected the Dutch people. The story had plenty of action that was appropriate for my 4-8 yr old girls. We had some great discussion afterwards on WW2.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2014
I have read several of the Imagination Station books and have yet to read one that I didn't enjoy. Although they are written for a younger demographic, I always enjoy the adventures of Patrick and Beth. These are awesome for beginning chapter readers to read independently, or for read-alouds to younger children.
These books continue to impress me with the way the author makes learning about history interesting, and in an age-appropirate way. They introduce young readers to important historical times and events and help them begin to understand what life was like for people in the past. In this one, Patrick and Beth learn about the courage of Corrie ten Boom and the danger that faced Jews during WWII.
If you are looking for a great book to introduce young readers to life during WWII, this is a great one!
Posted June 24, 2014
Great Story, Gets Us Right into the Action.This is as exciting as the rest of the series, and one of my favorites because it reflects history in a unique way. Two children have adventures in various times and places in this series. I do wonder whether 8-year-olds would have the ability to do some of these things or make these decisions, but it probably depends on their personalities. The hiding place and the people are well described, and the action is frightening and realistic. Adults may want to read this to see if it suits the kids. I was inspired to look more into history by this one and the others in the series. The series encourages Christian values in a fun way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 14, 2014
I liked that this book touched on many different aspects of World War II and the Dutch Resistance: an Allied soldier parachuting from a plane that had been shot down and rescued by a Dutch Resistance worker, people in disguise in order to better hide from the Nazis, being stopped by German soldiers and having to show their papers, meeting Jewish children who had been separated from their parents and more than likely being orphaned, a Polish doctor being forced to serve with the German army, listening to a hidden radio, riding bike all day in order to reunite a baby with her mama, experiencing the rationing of the day and using what was available for what needed to be done, questioned by the police for being out after curfew and, my favorite part, experiencing the ten Boom Hiding Place.
This book is quite intense at points, especially considering that the children in these situations are only eight years old. Judge the maturity of your child before just handing it to them to read on their own and be readily available for them to ask questions and discuss.
I think there is something that Corrie ten Boom says in the book that summarizes this book quite nicely: "God doesn't always protect us from danger...But He's always with us when we face danger. And that's enough."
Posted June 3, 2014
Like every other Imagination Station book we've read, we really enjoyed this one. My 1st and 3rd grade children really enjoyed it as a read-aloud story, and also as a silent reading book. Each time I stopped reading for the night, they begged for more. They learned so much and always remembered what had happened during our "last episode" when we discussed it the next day. The story here is a great children's introduction to WWII and Jewish persecution. It was a wonderful introduction to the life of Corrie Ten Boom. We also listed to the audio of "The Hiding Place" by Focus on the Family. It's an amazing story that everyone--both children and adults--should hear!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 2, 2014
Escape to the Hiding Place is set in World War 2. Patrick and Beth are frustrated that they can't do things, such as babysit, because they aren't old enough. Mr. Whit decides to show them that kids can do great things by sending them on an adventure in the Imagination Station. They end up in Holland during WW2. The story is of their adventure to reunite a baby with his mother which leads them to the Ten Boom's house. My son was enthralled with this book and it was great to share with him about Corrie Ten Boom and how his nana had actually met her. We even have the movie The Hiding Place and I was able to tell him when he gets older we can watch it together. I am glad he read this book so I could share with him about one of my favorite figures from history. Once again The Imagination Station books hit one out of the park.
Posted May 8, 2014
What I liked: I really enjoyed this book. Not as much as the audio-series, mind you, but still. It was fun to go back in time and learn so much about a time that isn’t discussed very often any longer but effected our lives so drastically.
What I didn’t like: The kids didn’t love it. None of them. They’d listen to me read it but not one of them would pick it up themselves.
Author: Marianne Hering, Marshal Younger
Source: Tyndale House Publishers
Setting: World War II Holland
Series: AIO Imagination Station Bks. , #9
Posted November 2, 2012
Patrick and Beth are disappointed that they will not be getting their Red Cross certificate. They are too young. So after hearing this Mr. Whit suggests it is time for another adventure with Imagination Station. When and where in time will they end up this time?
When they are transported they are by a lake and they hear what sounds like an airplane. To their shock the plane is on fire and is about to crash. Just before the plane disappeared from site a parachute flew up and out of the airplane. The they saw some soldiers and heard them rushing about. Maybe they were looking for the airplane. At that moment they felt like they should hide in the bushes. To their great surprise their was a woman hiding in the same spot but when she spoke it was very apparent it was a man. He told the kids that the soldiers were Nazi soldiers. So they became extra still and quiet.
The young man's name was Bernard and he offered to take them to his families farm. From talking to Bernard they find out he is with the Danish Resistance and they are in Holland.They no sooner arrived at the farm when Bernard's father entered the cottage with an injured soldier, he was Canadian and they had to hide him until they could get him safely out of the country. When a doctor arrived at the cottage he had on a German uniform and he was carrying a small baby. They were told the German doctor had been forced to join the Nazies but he was also a member of the resistance and would help the Canadian soldier. In turn he needed someone to take the baby to her parent's in the city. Patrick and Beth were the most logical choice to take the baby to her parents. The parents were being hidden from the Nazies because they are Jewish and if caught they will be sent to a concentration camp.
Will they be able to get past the Nazi soldiers? What will happen to them if they get stopped? Who could be brave enough to hide a Jew? Surely if they were found out they too would be sent to a camp.
Again the author has written of a great Historical event about WWII, the Nazies, and the Danish Resistance. The Historical Christian Heroes which are Christ's Disciples willing to trust God and sacrifice their lives to protect our brothers and sisters in harms way.
The illustrations depict the war and you can see the compassion on the faces of those that reach out to protect and those who reach out for protection.
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.