At the beginning of each section of A World of Adventure is a list of books, those which are required for this unit study, those which are suggested, and optional books for further enjoyment and study. You may choose to purchase these books for your family library, check them out of the library, or use a combination of both methods. If you select the library option, you will need to plan your trips to the library around this list and be ahead of the game, so that you will have the necessary book when it is called for. Most of the books and resources listed for use in this unit study are available through your public library. Required books are as follows.
- The Holy Bible
- The Golden Goblet, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
- Aesop's Fables (must include the following eight fables):
"The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse"
"The Fox and the Stork" (or "The Fox and the Crane")
"The Lion and the Mouse"
"The Hare and the Tortoise"
"The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg" (or "The Hen and the Golden Eggs")
"The Mice in Council" (also called "The Committee of Mice," or "Belling the Cat")
"The Boy Who Cried Wolf" (or
"Crying Wolf" or "The Shepherd's Boy and the Wolf")
"The Fox and the Grapes"
- Classic Myths to Read Aloud, by William F. Russell, Ed. D.
- The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare
- Adam of the Road, by Elizabeth Janet Gray
- The Door in the Wall, by Marguerite de Angeli
- Two biographies from the following list (or two of your choice) of famous personalities of the Renaissance and Reformation Period: Martin Luther, William
Tyndale, John Wycliffe, John Calvin, John Huss, John Knox, Menno Simons, Ulrich Zwingli, Desiderius Erasmus, Michelangelo, Johann Gutenberg, Isaac Newton, Raphael, Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots,
Ferdinand and Isabella, Albrecht Durer, Lorenzo Ghiberti, William Shakespeare, Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Giotto, Rembrandt, Sandro
Botticelli, Luca Della Robia, Donatello, Fra Angelico, and El Greco.
- The Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann David Wyss (we refer to the Puffin edition in A World of Adventure)
The "suggested books" list that is found at the beginning of each unit (available only by purchasing A World of Adventure) will give you ideas
for the additional books you will need to make this study work. These real, living books will function as your "texts" for each unit. While a great many books will be needed over the course of each
unit, the choices are completely up to you.
The "suggested books" lists are by no means all-inclusive. Books on these lists are simply suggestions for you as you make your way to your own
library where you may find additional books on each topic that are perfect for your family's needs.
Your children should be involved in choosing their own books with your guidance. It is important for children to have "ownership" of their
study. By allowing them to choose their own unit books, you will be helping them to achieve this goal.