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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers

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Christian Liberty Press delivers excellent educational products at a great value to home schools and Christian schools across the United States and throughout the world. They are dedicated to finding, evaluating, and producing curriculum materials that are rooted in the Word of God and express a biblical worldview.”

To learn more about the story behind Christian Liberty Press check out their about page. We had the opportunity to review one of 4 books from the Mr. Pipes Series. The series was written by Douglas Bond. “He is an English teacher at a Christian high school in Washington State. The books teaches young people about the great hymns of the Christian faith. Each book in this series is a fictional adventure of two American teens, accompanied by an elderly English gentleman called Mr. Pipes, who along the way discover the value of hymns from a specific region or period of time”. The titles in the series are Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers, Mr. Pipes and Psalms and Hymns of the Reformation, Mr. Pipes comes to America, and Accidental Voyage discovering Hymns of the Early Centuries. You can buy each book individually or as a set for $38.99. Continue reading as I tell you about the one we received for review.

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Title: Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers
Written by: Douglas Bond
Grades: 7th-10th
Type: 242 page text book
Price: $9.98
E-Book: $8.79

Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers is “the first book in the series by Douglas Bond that tells the story of two teens who, while on vacation in England, are befriended by an elderly English gentlemen called Mr. Pipes. Through this relationship they learn about famous British hymn writers. They also learn about the value of traditional worship and praise”.

We were given the E-Book version of this book for review. It consists of 12 chapters. After the teens meet Mr. Pipes in the first chapter each chapter after that they learn about different hymn makers. Famous hymn makers like Thomas Ken, Charles Wesley, and John Newton to name a few. There are even Women Hymn Writers but we haven’t gotten that far in the book yet.

At the end of each chapter you will find a full hymn musical piece from the writer that was introduced. I had to read the chapters to my son because they were not interesting enough to hold his attention if read by himself. The chapters were lengthy too so I broke up the reading by taking 2-3 days to read one chapter at a time. This book can be used in a variety of ways to get the most out of it. Some of those ways are: you can use it to have your children do a book report, turn it into a type of Unit Study by slowing learning about one hymn writer at a time, or maybe just use it as a family read aloud to help your children learn more about the history of hymns they see being sung from the hymnals at church. This last suggestion is how we used it as a family time of reading and learning.

We have not finished reading through Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers. I didn’t find that the book was able to fully hold my son’s interest. He asked a question or two but that was it. We tried having discussions about what was read but he didn’t retain much. This could be because although the chapters were long, it was a kind of dry read. He loves to read and has no problem reading thick books. After all he has read like 5 of those Redwall books so I’m sure the length of the chapters is not the problem. Maybe this is just not the type of book he’s used to reading. I plan to set it aside and hope to pick it back up later.

If you would like you can request a free catalog from Christian Liberty Press to see all they have to offer. Although the book was not a big hit in our home I’m thankful to have had the chance to review it. There is much to learn within the pages. Other members of the crew had a chance to review Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers so head on over to the crew blog to read more.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this review are entirely my own. As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I was not paid to write this but received the E-book “Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers” at no cost to me for review purposes, and to give my honest opinion.

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