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Shoe
09-27-2010, 12:28 PM
Here's another review that I posted on my blog, and thought I'd share:

The League of Homeschool All-Stars (http://www.amazon.com/Homeschool-All-Stars-Comix-Content-Bentley/dp/1933122404), Bentley Boyd, 2009, Williamsburg VA: Chester Comix, ISBN-10: 1933122404, ISBN-13: 978-1933122403, 32 pages

Medium: Hardcover book

Age/Grade: 9-12/4-7

Secular/Religious: Inclusive-contains references to some of the featured personalities' religious beliefs as part of their biography where appropriate, without proselytizing

Rating: ****

* I hate it
** I donít like it
*** Itís about average
**** I like it
***** I love it

I purchased The League of Homeschool All-Stars along with the Chester Comix series of historical comic books by the same author, as it looked like it might be an interesting read. I thought my children might enjoy reading about famous people who were themselves home-schooled.

The book is a collection of short (one page) biographies of twenty-two (22) famous people whose education was primarily completed at home. It is divided into several chapters: science, the arts, politics, and business, with several examples of homeschoolers who have made significant contributions in each area. Some of the people included are Ansel Adams, George Washington Carver, Thomas Edison, Woodrow Wilson, Charlotte Mason, and one of my favorites, Beatrix Potter.

The biographies are not detailed enough to provide a real history lesson of each person, but rather are designed to inspire home educated children to excel, and provide role models for them. In this, it succeeds reasonably well.

The drawings are attractive, if busy, and colorful, while the text gives key points of each character's life. I like the time line at the top of each page that not only tells when each person was born, but includes major political events that occurred around the same time-it helps to put things in some historical perspective. I also like that this book includes more modern people like Venus and Serena Williams, as well as more historical personages.

I wouldn't recommend this book for use as a lesson in itself, but I think it would be of interest to older elementary and middle school aged home-schooled students as an interesting read. I suppose that it might be an interesting adjunct to other more traditional resources when studying the various included historical figures, as a kind of side bar. It certainly has some inspirational value for the home educated child.

dbmamaz
09-27-2010, 03:39 PM
Thanks, i've been considering getting that whole package, but not sure - 14 yo is really too advanced and 7 yo is maybe not quite ready - tho despite his tearful insistance he couldnt do it, he was reading 1 sentence on each page of Captain Underpants 4 today.

Shoe
09-27-2010, 04:04 PM
Thanks, i've been considering getting that whole package, but not sure - 14 yo is really too advanced and 7 yo is maybe not quite ready - tho despite his tearful insistance he couldnt do it, he was reading 1 sentence on each page of Captain Underpants 4 today.

I haven't read through the comics yet, just the book. You're right-14 years old is too advanced for this particular book. The material might be interesting for a 7 yo, but if not a strong reader, might find it a bit difficult because of the way it's laid out, though the comic book look helps.

Journey of Life mama
09-27-2010, 08:22 PM
Cara,
I'M doing these with my daughter. She is 10 and able to read and do the projects on her own. I think your son, may find them interesting and it may lead to some more skills for reading. I found when I taught Montessori, that a lot of my male students really enjoyed the comic book style. I really like these and am using them with the Usborne internet-linked books and various other things. I am looking to get my hands on the Learning through History Magazines--your older son may benefit from these. My local library has a few and I think they are really great so far. I wish someone was selling their used ones!!

Fiddler
10-01-2010, 09:08 PM
Sounds like a fun book--thanks for reviewing it, Shoe! I'll see if our library system has it.

Fiddler
10-01-2010, 09:10 PM
Nope--no League of Homeschool anythings yet in our library system. I'm thinking a donation is in order. :)

dbmamaz
10-02-2010, 12:00 AM
The book is rather new, its only been out i think 2-3 months.

Topsy
10-04-2010, 07:59 AM
Bumped this to the home page, Shoe. I love your reviews!! :)