Send your daughter on a unique tour of world history! Studying history through living books will help ignite your daughter’s interest in the past as she identifies with the protagonist in the era presented in each book. This approach brings history to life as we read four books each semester based on the lives of young women (age 12) in different countries and different epochs.
As we read, discuss, and research, we learn some of the history, the culture, the language, and the customs and daily lives of people the world over. These girls faced civil and political discord, intrigue, colonization issues, war, disease, justice and injustice based on social standing and gender, while coming of age themselves. We discuss each of these issues as it arises. While these books are not (generally) written from a Christian worldview, we bring our faith to the books, the issues, and the history as your daughters continue to learn to practice discernment in evaluating the content of these books (or any book or text) from a Biblical perspective.
The books are part of a series published by American Girl called “Girls of Many Lands”. In this second semester, we move chronologically from China during the Second Opium War (1857) with Spring Pearl, to the Alaskan interior in a Yup’ik Eskimo people group (1890) with Minuk, to Dublin, Ireland, as Ireland is struggling for independence (1937) with Kathleen, and finally to India with Neela as India struggles against British rule (1939).
Since the history, topics and situations the girls are involved with are more mature than the historical American Girl books, students should be in middle school, from ages of about 11 to 14.
The books are available at Amazon in paperback (and perhaps on Kindle). Purchase is not necessary unless your student wants to write in the book (a wonderful practice!). You may check them out of the library or borrow them if you like.