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FOURTH GRADE: Good Books Program Grade 4 Study Guide
Our 4th grade Good Books Guide comes with a full-color front cover,
for each guide, True/False questions, and Essay questions to encourage young writers, and a synopsis of each book.
Our Good Books Literature Guides were written by Dr. James S. Taylor, author of the widely acclaimed Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education. Dr. Taylor took his first formal course in Children’s Literature from Dr. Dennis Quinn at the University of Kansas and had many conversations concerning these poems and stories with his colleague, Dr. John Senior. He has taught Children’s Literature at the high school and college levels for nearly two decades.
FOURTH GRADE: Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
One of Rudyard Kipling's most endearingly popular works, Captains Courageous is both a stirring tale of the sea and a fable of a boy's initiation into the world of men. The boy in question is Harvey Cheyne, pampered son of an American millionaire; his initiation commences when he is saved from drowning by a New England fishing schooner and forced to prove his worth in the only way the captain and crew will accept: through the slow and arduous master of skills upon which common survival depends. Depicted with what C.A. Bodelsen terms "Kipling's brilliant impressionism...his almost infallible sense of the right word,: the voyage of the We're here is one of both physical and moral adventure; it serves to give memorable, dramatic definition to the author's rigorous concept of the laws governing human existence
FOURTH GRADE: Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
Poor Rose Campbell! Tired and ill, she has come to live at "The Aunt-Hill" after the death of her beloved father. Six aunts fussing and fretting over her are bad enough, but what is a quiet thirteen-year-old girl to do with seven boisterous boy cousins? And with a guardian uncle who has the strangest ideas about how to raise a young girl? Louisa May Alcott's realistic and spirited writing has captivated readers for generations. She lived with the real Little Women in Concord, Massachusetts. The author of mysteries, romances, and novels, she traveled widely and died in Boston in 1888.
FOURTH GRADE: Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
Great excitement and awe greeted its publication in 1873, and today Around the World In Eighty Days remains Jules Verne's most successful novel. A daring wager by the eccentric and mysterious Englishman Phileas Fogg that he can circle the globe in just eighty days initiates this marvelous travelouge and exciting suspense story. Together with his manservant, Passepartout, Fogg makes a breathless world tour, overcoming wild misadventures and finding time to rescue a beautiful Indian maharani from a burning funeral pyre - all the while restlessly pursued by a bumbling detective called Mr. Fix. Realistically utilizing nearly every means of transportation known in the 1870's, Around the World In Eighty Days generated enchantment with scientific progress - and its delightful mixture of fantasy, comedy, and dazzling suspense has kept it a perennially superb entertainment.
FOURTH GRADE: The John Carter of Mars Series (5 Books) by Edgar Rice Burroughs
John Carter is a Virginia Civil War officer who is transported mysteriously to Mars. There he has many adventures, marries the beautiful Dejah Thoris and raises a family. Quiet Vision, in this collection, brings you the full, unabridged text of the first five books of this series: A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, The Warlord of Mars, Thuvia; Maid of Mars, and, The Chessmen of Mars.
FOURTH GRADE: The Knight of the White Cross by G. A. Henty
Young people across America are rediscovering G.A. Henty, the nineteenth-century literary genius whose historical adventures inspire boys to honesty, courage, diligence, and duty. Writing from a Christian perspective, Henty weaves the adventures of a fictional boy hero together with real-life events. His stories are as accurate as the are exciting, so children get important lessons in history which they remember long afterward. Just as important, these lessons come without the immoral overtones of modern novels. In A Knight of the White Cross, Henty takes us back to the order of the Knights of St. John, which for centuries helped in the great struggle between Christendom and Islam. The events of this tale surround the drama of the first siege of Rhodes (A.D. 1480), when the Order formed the great bulwark of Christendom that withstood the terrible invasion of the Turks. Gervaise Tresham, just 12 years old when he entered into the order of St. John, quickly rose in rank from page of the Grand Master to knighthook at age 17. Follow Gervaise's grippin exploits as he commands a galley and endures the scourges of the sea...captures a spy at Rhodes and heads off an insurrection...destroys an entire corsair fleet...conducts a secret mission disguised as a galley slave...is ruthlessly captured and sold into slavery...fights notorious Moslem pirates along the Mediterranean coast...
FOURTH GRADE: The Cat of Bubastes by G. A. Henty
Imagine living in a nation where killing a sacred cat is a capital offense. Thutmose III's Egypt, in Moses' day, was such a region. The priest Ameres and his family live in this land. Life is turned upside down when the son, Chebron, accidently kills the sacred cat of Bubastes. This incident leads to secrecy, grief, and flight as one harrowing adventure follows another. their best hope of a safe haven for youthful Chebron and his sister is the land of the Rebu, itself a conquered nation under Egyptian rule. To reach that distant land, they must flee through closely guarded Egyptian exists. Then they must embark on a challenging journey through unfamiliar lands populated by unfamiliar people and conquer numerous geographical hindrances. G.A. Henty has produced a story which will give young readers an unsurpassed insight into the customs of one of the greatest of ancient peoples in the classic The Cat of Bubastes.
FOURTH GRADE: The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
It was a lark-two boys, identical except for their clothes...which they switched. But suddenly the Prince of Wales, Edward Tudor, was thrown to a filthy drunken mob-by his own guards. Beaten, starved, chased by dogs, forced to beg and steal...while even the prince's one friend, adventurer Miles Hendon, thought the boy was only a demented beggar. Tom Canty was thrust into an alien life of protocol, ritual, and diplomacy. He, too, was thought mad, for suddenly "forgetting" classic languages, courtly manners, his role in world destiny. The beggar realized, with growing terror, that he was expected to rule, wage war, send people to their deaths... Then King Henry VIII died. And unless two "mad" boys could convince someone of the truth, their fates would be sealed forever. By a crown. Long live the King.
FOURTH GRADE: Call of the Wild by Jack London - 4B017
The world's best-loved stories brought to life in the full context of their eras: The Whole Story series, with its unique documentary approach, makes the classics accessible to new generations of readers-as well as to audiences wanting to reread, rediscover, and newly appreciate these enduringly popular stories. Complete, unabridge text as originally published. Generously annotated with hundreds of extended captions: lively, succinct explanations of history, geography, social customs, the animal world, architecture, literature, and science. Lavishly illustrated in color and black-and-white, featuring line drawings, maps, photographs, diagrams, and paintings, many of which date from when the story was written.
FOURTH GRADE: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The heartwarming book, Little Women, has won its readers love and support. The generalized assessment shows fondness to the realistic viewpoint of the lives of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy and descriptive details that transport the reader into the beloved fairy tale. The plot of the story centers upon the girls' lives as they grow up during the Civil War. Each of the girls is extremely distinct in their character, taste, and dreams for their future.
FOURTH GRADE: Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
In Little Men, the characters from Little Women grow up and begin new adventures at Plumfield, a progressive school founded by Jo and her husband, Professor Bhaer. All the inhabitants of Plumfield, including the disheveled orphan Nat, the spoiled Stuffy and the naughty Nan, will entice readers with the love and happiness they indulge in as they seek their education. Louisa May Alcott's vitality and realism in this story have captivated readers for generations. The trilogy about the March family is composed of Little Women, Little men and Jo's Boys. Louisa May Alcott lived with the real Little Women in Concord, Massachusetts. The author of mysteries, romances and novels, she traveled widely and died in Boston in 1888.
FOURTH GRADE: Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
A rich and engrossing thread of Romance runs through this tale of the motherless son of a valiant robber baron of Medieval Germany. Young Otto, born into a warring household in an age when lawless chiefs were constantly fighting each other or despoiling the caravans of the merchant burghers, is raised in a monastery only to return to his family's domain and become painfully involved in the blood-feud between his father and the rival house of Trutz-Drachen. The narrative is told with Howard Pyle's Consummate skill and illustrated with some of the most enchanting sketches ever done for a book of this type. Like the same author's version of The Story of version of The Story of King Arthur and his Knights and his collection of original stories Known as The Wonder Clock, this book has become a legend, a modern story with the feel and sound of an ancient tale. It is a reading adventure that youngsters will not soon forget.
FOURTH GRADE: The Complete Chronicles of Narnia Complete Edition with Original Illustrations
Chronicles of Narnia
have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years, and the magical events described in C. S. Lewis's immortal prose have left many a lasting memory. For here is a world where a witch decrees eternal winter; where there are more talking animals than people; and where battles are fought by Centaurs, Giants, and Fauns. Now all seven Chronicles are bound together in this one magnificent volume with a personal introduction by Douglas Gresham, stepson of C. S. Lewis. Pauline Baynes' original and much-loved illustrations have been made even more memorable by the addition of color. This spectacular gift edition will guarantee that C. S. Lewis's timeless world of Narnia will catch the imagination of yet another generation of readers.
FOURTH GRADE: Kidnapped by Robert Lois Stevenson - 4B022
The swashbuckling adventures of David Balfour, set in Scotland after the Jacobite rebellion. Young David Balfour, left in poverty when his father dies, goes to his uncle, Ebenezer, for assistance. He soon finds himself kidnapped and on board a ship, headed for a life of slavery. With the help of daring rebel Alan Breck, David escapes, only to get mixed up in a desperate adventure - suspected of murder and hunted across the Scottish moors. Complete and Unabridged
FOURTH GRADE: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Who has not dreamed of a life on an island far from civilization? Here is a novel which has inspired countless imitations by lesser writers, none of which equal the power and originality of Defoe's famous book. Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is forced to make do with only a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe. Let your children learn, through this book, how he survived this 24 year ordeal. Let them learn how it changed Robinson Crusoe in mind and spirit. A real classic
FOURTH GRADE: Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle - Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Little John, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and the other characters who make up this well loved legend have never been forgotten by readers who have encountered their story.
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