Imagination Station books are the most-read, most-loved books in our home. As my kids said, “You can travel into history with the Imagination Station books. You can go on an adventure traveling through time with your mind.”
- My kids have developed a love of history and a love of reading through these books. This really was the first series that they read on their own.
- We get a chance to see how Christians acted throughout history.
- Beth and Patrick’s adventures are read over and over again.
- My children have taken on the responsibility of paying for these books. They save up their money and pre-order the latest book on amazon as soon as it is possible. In fact, they have already pre-ordered Captured on the High Seas (Book 14) due out in May. By the way, the benefit of pre-ordering (beside that Amazon will charge you a lower price if the price drops before it ships) is that the book will come as soon as published. With book 13, it was supposed to be released in January, but came just before Christmas. We added it to Ruth’s stocking. The surprised look on her face was priceless!
- My older 2 children are going to start reading the first book out loud to the younger 2 very soon – a plan I love!
Elijah and Ruthie’s thoughts:
- I like that the book tells you something about what I’ve already learned about in history (from CC memory work).
- I like that Beth and Patrick always find one friend and travel around with them.
- The books are scary, funny, and exciting.
- Beth and Patrick have friends and foes.
- They experience Bible history or meet up with Christians in the books. In fact, in one book, they go to see Jesus being born.
- Beth and Patrick get to dress up in cool clothing from the time periods (Ruth especially loves all of Beth’s dresses).
A quick reference list for history topics (although reading the series in order makes the most sense – I like to refer back to certain books when we hit that topic)
- Voyage with the Vikings – Vikings
- Attack at the Arena – 5th century Romans
- Peril in the Palace – Mongols (Kublai Khan)
- Revenge of the Red Knight – 15th century England (and the Crusades)
- Showdown with the Shepherd – David and Goliath
- Problems in Plymouth – founding of Plymouth Colony
- Secret of the Prince’s Tomb – Egyptians (with Hebrew slaves before Moses)
- Battle for Cannibal Island – Fiji Island in the 1850s (and a missionary wanting to share the gospel)
- Escape to the Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom during World War II
- Challenge on the Hill of Fire – Saint Patrick in 5th century Ireland
- Hunt for the Devil’s Dragon – Saint George and the dragon in 13th century Libya
- Danger on a Silent Night – the birth of Jesus
- The Redcoats Are Coming! – Revolutionary War (Paul Revere)
Note for CC families: #13, #14, and #15 are supposed to all be about the American Revolution. Book 14 comes out in May, and if their pattern of releasing books continues, Book 15 should be in the fall. This should be great for Cycle 3.
I really can’t say enough good things about these books in our family. What series of books does your family love?