Wednesday, August 22, 2012

TOS Review: Mr.Pipes and the British Hymn Makers

Christian Liberty is a wonderful supplier of many different items. One very popular item is their homeschool selection! I love that they are Christian led and have a Mission statement which states: "The mission of Christian Liberty is to help parents fulfill their God-given responsibility to provide a Christ-centered education for their children."
 We had the great opportunity to review Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers book from the TOS Crew which is published by Christian Liberty. The choice was eBook(PDF) for my family. I personally will state I do not like reading from the computer. We do not have a reader or laptop so I sat at my computer desk with the kids playing, coloring or listening in the living room.  So this is in no way CL fault just a personal preference I want to make you think about in case you look at buying the PDF or book. I always rather have an actually copy. That way it can go anywhere we go. Again not CL fault.

Mr.Pipes and the British Hymn Makers - PDF 
Written by Douglas Bond
Publisher: Christian Liberty Press

Grade:  7th-10th
Cost:  $8.79 for PDF or actually book for $9.89


The chapters are long, so long that I broke them down into normally 2 days for one chapter just to keep my kids attention! This 242-page book was first published in 1999. This is the first book in the Mr. Pipes series of 4. My children didn't enjoy the book as much as I had hoped personally. I got a lot of history out of it. Maybe there ages are to blame 11, 9 and 7?  The book covers 9 wonderful authors/hymn writers through out the book. The history was really neat to learn and stuff as an adult I never knew. Its Christian History and I feel obligated to know it. At the end of each chapter there is a hymn page for you and your kids to sing and make reference to. In church on Sundays I always love to sing and always would pay close attention to the names of the authors but I never asked myself who these people where. When I saw John Newton I knew immediately whom he was!! I was shocked because normally I do not remember names. He wrote Amazing Grace. He was a British sailor and he was once even enslaved! He done a lot through his life! He was a very interesting man.

Here is a brief synopsis of Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers, from the Christian Liberty Press website:

This first book in the series by Douglas Bond tells the story of two teens who, while on vacation in England, are befriended by an elderly English gentlemen called Mr. Pipes. Through this relationship they learn about famous British hymn writers. They also learn about the value of traditional worship and praise.
You can view a chapter here

These are the 4 books in the Mr.Pipes set.

Find out what my fellow crew mates thought about this book here.