Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch...

I've been reading Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham aloud to the children before bed.  We finished it last week.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is the story of Nathanial Bowditch, the founder of modern maritime navigation, quite possibly a subject we may not have been interested in studying.  However, after reading another Latham book, This Dear Bought Land, we are excited to try all things Latham...and I'm so glad we did!

Nathaniel Bowditch (Nat) was an extremely intelligent man.  He is often touted as a mathematical wizard.  After his mother's death, Nat's father indentured him to a ship chandlery.  Nat was devastated as he hoped to one day go back to school, but being indentured for nine years at age twelve, he knew his dreams of education were lost.  Rather than sulk, Nat spent all his free time self educating.  He studied Latin, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Mathematics, among other things.  I will not give away the ending, but suffice to say Nathaniel Bowditch was an inspiration and excellent role model!

We recommend Carry On, Mr. Bowditch.  It is also a TruthQuest and Sonlight recommendation.   

Monday, October 27, 2014

Books for Sale...

I am a homeschooling mother of 5 with a real passion for books.  It's my mission to rescue great living books and get them in the hands of families that cherish books as much as we do.   Many of the living books I have for sale are duplicate copies of books in our personal library.   Many of these books are no longer in print, have disappeared from the public libraries, and are getting harder and harder to find.  Some of the books are new, most are used, and some are ex-library copies with the usual markings.  We are a smoke and pet free home. 

This history list is chronological, so if you know the time period you’d like to study, you can scroll to that section. I have also noted abbreviations that reference various curricula where the books are used.  I may not have every company, but tried to list the ones I'm familiar with. 

SL Core - Sonlight
TQ - TruthQuest 
AO - Ambleside Online
WP - Winter Promise
VP - Veritas Press 
BF - Beautiful Feet

There is no minimum order.  I accept PayPal.  I use media mail shipping and ship anywhere in the U.S.   Actual shipping is figured by weight.  Please send questions or desired book list to for a shipping quote.  

Thanks for looking,


Ancient Civilizations/Cultures

DK Africa (hardcover) $2

Work and Play in the Philippines – New World Neighbors Series (1944 hardcover) $4

The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth Core 5/F $2 each

Footprints in Time: The Greeks by Sally Hewitt $2

The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum TQ $4

D`Aulailres Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D`Aulaire SL 6/7/H/W $6

The Trojan Horse by Emily Little SL 6/7/H/W TQ $3

Middle Ages/Renaissance/Reformation

Usborne The Adventures of King Arthur retold by Angela Wilkes $3

The Apostle Paul – A Life of Paul by John Pollock $4

The Life of Saint Paul by Harry Emerson Fosdick (1962 hardcover) Landmark TQ $5

The Apple and the Arrow: The Legend of William Tell by Mary and Conrad Buff Core K/A $3 each

Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman Core 6/G $2 each

American Girl Girls of Many Lands Isabel $3 each

The Challenge by Poul E. Knudsen (1960 hardcover) $3

Crispin – The Cross of Lead by Avi (hardcover) TQ $3

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli SL 1/2/B/C TQ $3

Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle SL 6/7/H/W TQ $5

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman SL 2/C $3

Exploration/Native Americans

Indian Summer by F.N. Monjo (hardcover) $3

North American Indian Sign Language by Karen Liptak $3

Trade, Transportation, and Warfare – American Indian Contributions to the World by Keoke & Porterfield (hardcover) $3

North American Indians by Marie and Douglas Gorsline Core 3/D $3

The Book of Indians by Holling C. Holling (hardcover) TQ $8

Did Columbus Really Discover America? By Peter and Connie Roop $2 each

Christopher Columbus by David Goodnough $2

I, Columbus – My Journal edited by Peter and Connie Roop TQ $3

Meet Christopher Columbus by James T. de Kay (Landmark edition) TQ $3

Christopher Columbus by Ann McGovern $3

Colonization/American Revolution

The Discovery of the Americas by Betsy & Giulio Maestro TQ $3

From Sea to Shining Sea by Peter Marshall /David Manuel (hardcover) TQ BF $3

The First Book of Early Settlers by Louise Dickinson Rich (hardcover) TQ $5

Land of the Free by Enid La Monte Meadowcroft (1961 hardcover) $6

A Beka Our America grade 2 student text $3

Life in America Series
            Life Establishing a Nation 1790-1849 $8
            Life in a New World 1000-1763 $8

America’s Pioneers & Patriots published by Christian Liberty MFW $3 set
-       Student Text
-       Answer Key
-       Tests

A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla Core 3/D TQ $3

My America Season of Promise – Elizabeth’s Jamestown Colony Diary by Patricia Hermes $3

The Story of Jamestown by Marilyn Prolman (hardcover) $4

The Paradox of Jamestown 1585 – 1700 by Collier & Collier (hardover) $4

The Pilgrims First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern $2

Boy on the Mayflower by Iris Vinton TQ $3

On the Mayflower by Kate Waters TQ $4

Samuel Eaton’s Day by Kate Waters TQ $4

Sarah Morton’s Day by Kate Waters TQ $4

The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George TQ $2

Eating the Plates by Lucille Recht Penner TQ $5

John Billington Friend of Squanto by Clyde Robert Bulla (1956 hardcover) TQ $6

The Colonial Wars by Alden R. Carter TQ $4

Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare SL 3/D TQ $4

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare SL 3/4/D/E TQ $3

Daniel Boone - Taming the Wild by Katharine E. Wilkie TQ $3

Trouble at Otter Creek by Wilma Pitchford Hays (hardcover) TQ $5

The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds SL 3/4/D/E TQ $4

The Story of the Boston Tea Party by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover) $4

Ben and Me by Robert Lawson Core 2/C TQ (hardcover) $3

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin TQ BF $3

A Book About Benjamin Franklin by Ruth Belov Gross TQ $3

And Then What Happened Paul Revere? By Jean Fritz Core 3/D $3 each

General Washington’s Christmas Farewell by Stanley Weintraub $2

George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz BF $5

A Picture Book of George Washington by David A. Adler TQ $3

The Adventures of George Washington by Margaret Davidson TQ $2

George Washington: A Picture Book Biography by James Cross Giblin TQ $4

Buttons for General Washington by Peter & Connie Roop (hardcover) TQ $4

George Washington’s Mother by Jean Fritz TQ $2

Journey to Monticello by James E. Knight TQ $3

Meet Thomas Jefferson by Marvin Barrett (Step Up Books edition – hardcover) TQ $4

Give me Liberty! – The Story of the Declaration of Independence by Russell Freedman TQ $5

The Story of the Declaration of Independence by Norman Richards (hardcover) CoF $4

The Story of the Constitution by Marilyn Prolman (hardcover) CoF $4 each

The Story of Bonhomme Richard by Norman Richards (hardcover) $4

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson WP $2

Charlie’s House by Clyde Robert Bulla (1983 hardcover) TQ $8

1800’s/Westward Expansion

Dolly Madison by Jane Mayer (Landmark - 1954 hardcover) TQ $5

A Picture Book of Sacagawea by David A. Adler TQ $3 each

Sacajawea, Guide to Lewis and Clark by Della Rowland BF $4

The Captain’s Dog: My Journey with the Lewis & Clark Tribe by Roland Smith (hardcover) TQ $5

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-32 by Joan W. Blos Core 100 $3 each

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall TQ $3

Adaline Falling Star by Mary Pope Osborne $2

The Royal Diaries: Elisabeth - The Princess Bride; Austria-Hungary, 1853 (hardcover) $3

Wagons West: Off to Oregon by Catherine E. Chambers $2

Meet the Wards on the Oregon Trail by John J. Loeper $3

The Story of the Women Who Shaped the West by Mary Virginia Fox CoF $3

The Seasons Sewn: A Year in Patchwork by Ann Whitford Paul (hardcover) TQ $6

The Seasons Sewn: A Year in Patchwork by Ann Whitford Paul TQ $4

Troubles for Lucy by Carla Stevens (hardcover) TQ $3

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (hardcover) Core 5/F BF TQ $3 each

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell Core 5/F BF TQ $2

Commodore Perry in the Land of Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg (hardcover) Core 5/F $6

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr SL 5/F $3

Snowshoe Thompson by Nancy Smiler Levinson TQ $2 each

Stephen Decatur – Fighting Sailor – A Discovery Book by Wyatt Blassingame (hardcover) TQ $4

When Mountain Men Trapped Beaver by Richard Glendinning (hardcover) TQ $6

American Girl Girls of Many Lands Spring Pearl – Canton, China, 1857 $3

Sounding Forth the Trumpet for Children by Peter Marshall, Manuel & Fishel TQ 1837-1860 $3

Sam Houston – The Tallest Texan by William Johnson (1953 hardcover – loose spine) TQ $4

Underground RailRoad/Slavery/Civil War 1865

A Separate Battle: Women and the Civil War by Ina Chang $2 each

American Girl Addy’s Little Brother (hardcover) $1

Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark TQ $2

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Rae Bains TQ $3

True Stories about Abraham Lincoln by Ruth Belov Gross $2

The Death of Lincoln by Leroy Hayman TQ $3

Abraham’s Battle – A Novel of Gettysburg by Sara Harrell Banks TQ $2

Abraham Lincoln by Anne Colver TQ (Discovery Biography) $3 each

Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance by Frances Cavanah TQ $3

Abraham Lincoln: An Initial Biography by Genevieve Foster (1950 hardcover) TQ $12

Sower Series God’s Leader for a Nation – Abraham Lincoln by David Collins (loose pages) TQ $3

The Battle of Gettysburg by Neil Johnson (hardcover w/Mylar) TQ $5

The Story of the Gettysburg Address by Kenneth Richards (hardcover) CoF $4

The Story of the Lincoln Memorial by Natalie Miller (hardcover) CoF $4

The Perilous Road by William O. Steele Core 4/E TQ $3

Frederick Douglass: Portrait of a Freedom Fighter by Sheila Keenan $2

Frederick Douglass Fights for Freedom by Margaret Davidson TQ $2

Nettie’s Trip South by Ann Turner TQ $2

Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder Core 3/4/D/E TQ $3

Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith TQ BF $4 each

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane SL Core 100 BF TQ $4

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (Readers Digest Illustrated hardcover) SL Core100 BF TQ $5

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe BF TQ $4

1865 to 20th Century

A Picture Book of Florence Nightingale by David Adler TQ $3

Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman Core 7/H $3 each

Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents: Andrew Johnson by Mike Venezia TQ $5

American Girl Molly Takes Flight (hardcover) $1

American Girl Chrissa Stands Strong $3

Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen TQ $3 each

A Prairie Alphabet by Yvette Moore & Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet $3

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder TQ $3

Winding Valley Farm: Annie’s Story by Anne Pellowski (hardcover) $10

Betsy’s Up-and-Down Year by Anne Pellowski $10

Kunu Winnebago Boy Escapes by Kenneth Thomasma – autographed copy $3

If you Lived with the Sioux Indians by Ann McGovern TQ $3 each

Cowboys by Marie and Douglas Gorsline TQ $3

American Heritage Junior Library Cowboys and Cattle Country (hardcover) $5 each

American Heritage Junior Library Theodore Roosevelt: The Strenuous Life (hardcover) $5

The Conquest of the West – A Sourcebook of the American West edited by Carter Smith $3

Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg $2

John Henry: An American Legend by Ezra Jack Keats TQ $2

American Tall Tales by Adrien Stoutenburg Core P4/5 $2 each

My Antonia by Willa Cather Core 400 $2

Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault TQ $2 each

Children of the Wild West by Russell Freedman TQ $5 each

Immigrant Kids by Russell Freedman TQ $5

An Indian Winter by Russell Freedman TQ $5

How They Built the Statue of Liberty by Mary J. Shapiro (hardcover) $5 each

Presidential Elections by Miles Harvey CoF $3

Ellis Island – Gateway to the New World by Leonard Everett Fisher (hardcover) TQ $5

The Story of Ellis Island by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover) CoF $4

Dear America Dreams in the Golden Country – New York City 1903 by Kathryn Lasky (hardcover) $2

The Story of the Supreme Court by Kenneth Richards (hardcover) CoF $4

The Story of the Capitol by Marilyn Prolman (hardcover) CoF $4

Sky Pioneer: A Photobiography of Amelia Earhart by Corinne Szabo $4

American Girl Danger at the Zoo – A Kit Mystery $3

The Path Between the Seas – The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914 by David McCullough $5

The Good Master by Kate Seredy SL 6/7/H/W TQ $3

The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy SL 7/W TQ $3

All-Of-A-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor SL 4/E $3

Blzzard! by Jim Murphy TQ $5

Holocaust/ WWII

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr Core 300 TQ $3

Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop Core K/A TQ VP $3

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom Core 300 TQ $3

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry SL 6/7/H/W TQ $3

Modern Times

Farewell to Manzanar Core 100 BF $2 each

Homesick by Jean Fritz Core 5/F $2 each

Greg’s Microscope by Millicent E. Selsam Core 2/3 B/C $2

The Big Balloon Race by Eleanor Coerr Core 1/B $2

Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell Core 4/D $2

Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry Core 5/F $2

Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry (hardcover) Core 5/F $10

The Call of the Wild by Jack London Core 100 $2 each

Rascal by Sterling North Core 5/F $2

Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyui Choi Core 7/H $2

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis Core 5/F $3

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White Core 1/B $2

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton Core 300 $4

Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen (hardcover) Core 3/4 D/E $5

The Story of the Great Depression by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover) TQ $4

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse Core 100 $3

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson Core 300 $2

Swift Rivers by Cornelia Meigs Core 3/D $3

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson Core 400 $2

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord Core 3/4 D/E $2

Shadow of the Bull by Maia Wojciechowska Core 6/7 G/H $3 each

Sounder by William H. Armstrong Core 100 $3

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry Core 2/C BF $3

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry BF TQ SL 5/F $3

Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry $3

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley BF $3

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (hardcover) BF $3

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell BF $3

Hiroshima by John Hersey BF $4

Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Miegs TQ $3

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott $4

Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott $3

Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott $3

Kate Shelley Bound for Legend by Robert D San Souci TQ $2 each          

The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter TQ $2 each

We Were There at the Opening of the Atomic Ear by James Munves (hardcover) TQ $6

Prairie School by Lois Lenski $5

Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery TQ $4

Anne of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery TQ $2

A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon TQ $3 each

The Great Fire by Jim Murphy TQ $5

The Chicago Fire by Corinne J. Naden (hardcover) $5 each

Helen Keller – The Story of My Life by Helen Keller - Illustrated Classics comic format $4

Helen Keller’s Teacher by Mickie Davidson TQ $3

Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind by Margaret Davidson Core 5/F $2

The Story of George Washington Carver by Eva Moore TQ $2

Peppe the Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone TQ $3

20th Century – 1910-1919 – Teacher Created Materials $3

20th Century – The Fifties – Teacher Created Materials $3

If you Lived at the Time or Martin Luther King by Ellen Levine TQ $3 each

Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse TQ $3

Buried in Ice: The Mystery of a Lost Arctic Expedition by Owen Beattie and John Geiger $3

The Here & Now Reproducible Book of George W. Bush $2

East Timor – Island in Turmoil by Taro McGuinn (hardcover) $2

The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover) $4

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls TQ $3

Little Britches by Ralph Moody SL 3/4/D/E/D TQ $3

Horse of a Different Color by Ralph Moody (1968 hardcover w/jacket) TQ $8