Thursday, February 16, 2012

Children of the New Forest

The Children of the New ForestThe Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this with my daughter as part of the Ambleside Online homeschool curriculum for Year 3 and it was surprisingly good. The language was archaic, but the story was engaging: the four orphaned children of Cavalier Colonel Beverly escape from the burning of their estate at Arnwood and come to live in the New Forest under the protection of a wise forester, Joseph Armitage, until they are old enough to fend for themselves. Each child discovers talents and skills that help them to survive and prosper. There were a number of humorous scenes between the characters that my daughter enjoyed, and a little romance between the eldest son and a sweet girl named Patience Heatherstone.

I can see why Ambleside uses this book, as the story delivers a good deal of English history from the Cromwell period, as well as an exciting adventure that children (and adults) can enjoy.

An added bonus: the author led a very interesting life:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_M...

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2 comments:

  1. I read this book with my daughter when she was in AO3, and I was also surprised by how much we enjoyed the story and how much history we learned. I need to pull it out again for my younger child....I've rather slipped on our AO books with him.

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    1. Yes! I'm often surprised at how well my children like the books that AO chooses. Sometimes, I think to myself, "oh, this will not go over well" but then they are soon begging me to read another chapter!

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