Christian Reading Companion for 50 Classics

Christian Reading Companion for 50 Classics

As stated in its introduction, Christian Reading Companion for 50 Classics “is neither a substitute for an English course nor an exhaustive list of classics in general” but is rather “a helpful addition to an anthology-driven curriculum.” I would agree with these statements wholeheartedly! Dr. James Stobaugh has provided in this book a great guide to begin discussions with your student on fifty well-chosen classics.

Each title, which includes authors across the ages, such as Aeschylus, Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Hugo, Hawthorne, Dickens, Bronte, Alcott, Fitzgerald and Steinbeck, has a chapter of its own. There is a brief note about the book, several multiple-choice questions about factual content, vocabulary words to define from their context within the book, and discussion questions that will challenge the student. 

While the majority of the book is comprised of these fifty chapters, a separate chapter provides answers to the aforementioned questions for each book. There are also resources given in which you can find most of the recommended works online.  This is terrific for those of us who are pinching pennies! The works are also listed by “younger readers” and “more mature readers,” and brief biographies of each author are provided. Even a list of literary terms and their definitions is included. 

I believe this book will be a very useful addition to any homeschool library, particularly those with a whole-book approach.

Author: James P. Stobaugh

Manufacturer of Product: Master Books, A Division of New Leaf Publishing Group

Price of Product: $15.99

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Reviewer Biography

Wendy Janzen is enjoying her 9th year of homeschooling. Her boys are in 8th and 10th grades and her daughter is in 2nd grade. She has learned to put together a unique curriculum for each of her students using a variety of resources. The flexibility and freedom of homeschooling, as well as the personal education, keeps them motivated to do their best. Wendy also likes to knit and is an accomplished flutist.