Friday, February 28, 2014

Review: Asia Its People and History

Over the years one of my children's favorite activities with our homeschool group has been Geography Club. Each year it is done differently and in addition to getting to meet up with their friends they come away with a greater understanding of people that live in far away lands. So I was pleased to be able to do a review for a book that would help us learn more about Asia. Asia Its People and History is a sixteen week course for children that are ages 8-12 that was written by Bonnie Rose.

Asia Its People and History takes a look at six Asian countries from a Biblical worldview and encourages prayer for the persecuted Christians living there. The countries the book explores are-

  • Laos
  • Bangladesh
  • Nepal
  • China
  • Iran
  • Vietnam

The suggested age range for the book is 8-12 so my children are on the older end of it at 12 and 14 although A~man is at a younger level so it is actually very adaptable to his learning needs. We have a blow up globe and it was fun to find each of the countries on the globe. Also, we do not do as many formal learning activities together as when they were young so this book is a nice opportunity to come together to learn. We have only so far "traveled" to Laos but I look forward to traveling through the rest of the countries in the next month.

Each section has a story about a child living in that particular country and it also has some discussion questions. The information includes both history and the geography of each country. The book is Christian based and portrays what it is like for Christians living there and the importance of praying for them. Each section also includes suggested activities such as crosswords, map puzzles, word searches and also there is free bonus content available on Bonnie Rose Hudson's website.

I would definitely recommend this book to other homeschoolers and I can also see it being a wonderful resource for even a Sunday school class or youth group wanting to learn more about Christians in far away places! It is a great resource for a special needs parent to teach their child about people in other countries without having to use a big text book...which may be more information than they can comprehend. I look forward to any other geography books she may write! Here is a short bio about the author, Bonnie Rose-

Bonnie Rose Hudson works with both and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine® as a curriculum creator and editorial assistant. Her heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She would love for you to stop by and meet the star of her children’s series at Exploring with Jakelook through the 10/40 window of the world and join others in prayer at Looking Out the 10/40 Window, or stop by her author’s  for fun printables and discover how you can write for the homeschool market. 

You can find this ebook available at The Old Schoolhouse Store for $6.95 which I think is very reasonable for this book. Also, there is a  promotional code here- 02asia14! (make sure to include the ! in the code) that will give you 25% off the cost until March 15th 2014. You can also find it on for $6.95, and at Smashwords for $6.95. At Smashwords it is available in formats for Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader and ibooks. Soon you will be able to get it as a paperback from CreateSpace.

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