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Voyage with the Vikings (AIO Imagination Station Books Book 1)

Voyage with the Vikings (AIO Imagination Station Books Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Paul McCusker , Marianne Hering

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While visiting Mr. Whittaker at Whit's Soda Shoppe, Beth and Patrick find a mysterious letter in the Imagination Station requesting a Viking sunstone. The letter is old and says that someone named Albert will be imprisoned if the sunstone isn't found. Mr. Whittaker sends cousins Patrick and Beth to Greenland circa 1000. On their quest for the sunstone, the cousins meet Vikings Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson—and find the sunstone as they join Leif on his first voyage to North America. But the adventure is just beginning, for when they return to Mr. Whittaker's workshop with the sunstone, there is another note waiting for them, requesting a silver goblet.
Join Patrick and Beth as they continue their travel to various lands and time in the Imagination Station book series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1777 KB
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1589976274
  • Publisher: Focus on the Family (11 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself amongst the Vikings! 18 Mar 2011
By Noelle the Dreamer - Published on
The possibility to review Children books is something I have enjoyed greatly. My nose was always in a book as a child after all!
There is such a wonderful world to explore betwixt the pages of a good book and what a way to travel! One day you can be a Knight and riding with Richard the Lionheart, another you can be Kim and walk along the Llama in India... Marco Polo was definitively my favourite and my imagination led me to travel along the Spice Road with him...

Voyage with the Vikings is the first adventure of a series called The Imagination Station Focus on the Family. In this series we are introduced to the main characters Beth and Patrick and an inventor named Mr. Whittaker. As the story unfolds the two children are transported back in time in search of a precious Sunstone.
Their adventure takes them to the Year 1000 in Viking country. There they meet Erik the Red, Leif Erickson and many other Vikings, including a host of characters such as Polar bears and Reindeer.

This soon to be released series (21 March 2011) is written by Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker and designed for Readers age 7 and up, is fun to read and an excellent way to involve children in History and Geography. It is also very nicely illustrated!
Best of all, as part of Focus on the Family, it will also teach them some great Christian values.

Psst...Don't forget to check out the puzzle at the end of the book, then go to this site and enter the secret word for a surprise!

I give it 4 stars!

I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars on vikings, VIKINGS... 2 Aug 2012
By brenten gilbert - Published on
Read this as part of the Tyndale Summer Reading program and because my son (9), who has a summer reading challenge of his own, checked it out of the library. It's a bit below his reading level (and, for an adult shouldn't take more than about an hour to fully digest), but there are some nice moments of adventure, intrigue, and action.

Essentially, the Imagination Station is a time machine and our two main characters are kids, so the book is a bit reminiscent of a Magic Tree House book minus the wizards and sorcery. In this "episode," our travelers journey back to the days of Leif Erikson and his vikings. They learn about religious persecution, forgiveness, and God's love, while playing chess, dodging reindeer, and avoiding polar bears. Pretty fun book and, like I said, a quick read for your summer reading fix.

Another quick read and enjoyable story for younger readers and fans of Magic Tree House or Secrets of Droon books who are looking for (or at least don't mind) a Christian twist.
18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Twaddle 2 April 2011
By E. Hankins - Published on
Voyage with the Vikings is twaddle. (I mean this in the nicest possible way. Google "Charlotte Mason twaddle" if you're not familiar with the term.) This book is overly simplistic in it's language, plot, historical elements, and Christian message. It lacks rich, descriptive language; abounds in sentence fragments; and has an incredibly predictable plot. A child could spend ten minutes perusing a picture book on the Vikings and glean just as much factual, historical information.

Perhaps the most disappointing facet of this book was its "Christian" message. It mentions Jesus Christ and God. It states that there is one God and references "the God of the cross" (pg. 94). The moral of the book is that Christians should be kind to their enemies: "Erik was mean to you. But you showed him kindness. That's just like God. He shows us kindness even when we don't deserve it" (pg. 106). However, there is no clear presentation of the Gospel in this book, and it is devoid of Scripture.

If you're looking for a book your child can read easily that is "clean", you'll probably enjoy this book. However, if you're trying to avoid twaddle, steer clear of this book. There is much better reading material on the market! A child may enjoy this book just as a child enjoys junk food, but a steady diet of this sort of writing will ruin a child's appetite for fine literature and deep, thought-provoking writing.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History, Reading and Adventure - a sure hit! 4 April 2011
By Tina Peterson - Published on
Mr Whitaker has done it again! For years he has been tinkering on the Imagination Station and sharing it with kids of all ages in his Ice Cream Shop Whit's End! Now kids 7 and Up can take a ride on The Imagination Station since a series for younger kids has been released, starting with "Voyage With The Vikings" and "Attack At The Arena".

Written for early readers, ages 7 and up, the new series features the virtual reality device, the Imagination Station, which is one of the major plot devices used in the Adventures in Odyssey radio series. Nobody knows the inner workings of the mysterious device, invented by Odyssey's Mr. Whittaker, but with a push of a button, it launches users back in time to experience historical events in-person.

In this new series of books Patrick and his cousin Beth go on a series of trips into the past where they learn about history, who Eric the Red was, have props that only Whit knows they need and have to find an artifact to bring home with them. In Voyage of the Vikings your kids will learn about the Vikings, how they lived, what their society was like and more.

Beth and Patrick then meet a monk named Telemachus in Attack in the Arena, roam through Roman History and meet a Roman Emperor. You will receive a Family Devotional with this book which is a great way to get kid's thinking about Rome's purpose in the spread of the gospel. There are family activities and a parents page included with each book in the series too!

Each of The Imagination Station books are $4.99 and could easily be added to your homeschool, church or school library at a great price! Other books coming out are: Revenge Of The Red Knight (15th Century England & the Crusades) and Peril In the Palace (China & Kublai Khan). Get the first three books in this series for $14.97 - what a great Easter Basket addition!

My thoughts: This series of books will be a wonderful addition to any beginning reader's library. Due to some of theme's in the books (the Roman Arena) you may want to read through or at least scan through before you read the book with your younger children (say 5/6 and up) as there is mention of violence and sacrifice. You may want to use this as an opportunity to read WITH your children during family devotions, before school starts, in the car, etc - just be aware of your child's emotional maturity and that they will have questions for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for kids to teach them history in a ... 28 Aug 2014
By Louise Pearson - Published on
This is the first of many adventures that Beth and Patrick have thanks to Mr. Whittaker’s imagination station machine. Although on this particular day Mr. Whittaker can’t get the machine to work for him, it did work for Beth and Patrick taking them back in time to visit a Viking ship. Mr. Whittaker provides the two with appropriate clothes for the time as well as giving Beth a chess set and Patrick a cape. He also asks them to bring him a Viking Sunstone so they can save Albert. Suddenly the two find themselves on a boat on an ocean inlet with no oars and a white polar bear roaring at them until a seal catches its attention. When part of an iceberg broke up it caused a high wave that moved their iceberg close enough to jump to shore. Once on Greenland they encountered reindeer with huge antlers running toward them. But the reindeer raced past them as Viking men approached them. Patrick and Beth met Eric the Red, ruler of Greenland and his son Leif. Eric assumed the two children were spies, but Leif pointed out they were Christians from the cross signs on their brooches. They ride on Leif’s horse to his stone house where they meet his mother Thjodhild. What did Patrick do to find the sunstone? What happens next? Great book for kids to teach them history in a fun way!
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