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|NUMBER 168||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||JANUARY 2000|
Book of the Month
Great Stories (Series), Focus on the Family, Tyndale House Publishers, 1999
Includes: Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery, 335 pps, $15.99; Louisa May Alcott's Little Men, 336 pps., $8.99, and Little Women, 526 pps, $9.99; Ben-Hur, Lew Wallace, 577 pps., $9.99; Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe, 290 pps., $8.99. All books in softcover except Anne of Green Gables (hardcover).
Amid the hoopla surrounding the "Harry Potter" books and other controversial children's fiction, Focus on the Family has teamed up with Tyndale Publishers to revive a number of timeless classics and bring them to today's young audiences. Anne of Green Gables, for example, contains all the elements of great writing: compelling characters, including a delightful heroine, vivid imagery, and good dialogue that reveals the "character" of the characters and brings them to life. The plot is absorbing, and provides plenty of tension without sacrificing morality or the innocence of childhood.
All the books are presented in their original text, but have been updated for easier reading. They are attractively packaged with full-color covers that set the tone for the stories and invite the reader to explore. Most include original woodcut illustrations - designs that are cut in wood blocks, from which prints are made.
Writer and English Professor Joseph L. Wheeler, Ph.D., currently Professor Emeritus at Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, MD and senior fellow for cultural studies at the Center for the New West in Denver, CO, edited the books. In each, he provides an in-depth introduction, which offers extensive detail about the authors and the times in which they lived. Rather than giving the stories away, the introductions whet the reader's appetite for more.
At the end of each book, Dr. Wheeler includes an afterword with discussion questions to help readers analyze and understand what they've read.
Focus on the Family conducted a rigorous critique of each story selected for the series. They were chosen for the quality of their Christian content, the value of their messages, and their ability to bring families together.
Contact Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995, 1-800-A-FAMILY, or call Tyndale House Publishers, 1-800-323-9400 to order.