I have shared before what a special treat Heirloom Audio Productions are for us. I consider us very blessed to be able to review them as they come out. The newest production comes from the oldest Henty story in history so far! Travel back to the time of Moses, to the fascinating land of Egypt, in this top quality dramatic tale, The Cat of Bubastes.
You ever have one of those days where homeschooling is just not the idyllic picture you wish it was? We were having one of those when I told the kids to put their books away and get pillows and blankets and get comfy on the floor.
This is how we listened to the first several tracks, because once the story started, the kids didn't want to stop! It was a fabulous way for us to hit the virtual reset button on a morning gone sour.
I used a quote from the story as our handwriting practice one day, as it really resonated with me, and is the sort of character I want my children to have. "It is the duty of all men to give happiness to those around them, if it lies within their power." I'm always telling my kids, "Make the world a better place." When they ask why I throw away trash that wasn't mine at the park, or pay for the car behind me in the drive thru, I tell them I'm doing my part to make the world a better place. Having this same concept reinforced in a story full of bravery, courage, and good morals makes my mama heart smile.
Keeping the hands busy while we listen.
The Cat of Bubastes follows a young man in captivity along with an older friend, sort of a mentor. He becomes the servant of another young man, whose father is a priest of Egyptian gods. The two boys spend much time together and become friends.
Coloring Egyptian cat coloring pages while we listen.
I don't want to give away what happens in this fast paced adventure story, but suffice it to say, it will keep you on the edge of your seat, like all the Heirloom Audio adaptations of G.A. Henty's works so far!
In addition to the 2 CD set we received, we also received access to some online bonus features, such as the Study Guide, soundtrack, the MP3 version of the Cat of Bubastes audio drama, the ebook of the original Henty story, a couple of printable posters, and my personal favorite, a "behind the scenes" look at the making of Cat of Bubastes. I think PerrrrmoTEP became my favorite character during this video. The Study Guide is a little advanced for my kids, but would make a great discussion starter for middle and high school level students. It contains not only questions about each chapter of the story, but additional information about a wide variety of related topics. I found the Study Guide to be a fascinating read, even though I didn't quiz my kids with it.
There's a very exciting scene with a crocodile!
We have reviewed Under Drake's Flag, In Freedom's Cause, With Lee in Virginia, The Dragon and the Raven, and Beric the Briton, and our family has enjoyed them all. In fact, the last time Jack was sick, he laid in bed and re-listened to a couple of them.
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