Wednesday, December 10, 2008

TOS Review: Salem Ridge Press

Salem Ridge Press is a publishing company that republishes children's books from the 1800's and early 1900's. That take seriously there job and want to only publish those books that are appropriate for children to read. They have a very high standard of purity and will take the liberty to carefully edit out any kiss or embrace. They will also edit any derogatory comments that are "unnecessary" or "offensive." Pictures are always "modest" and "appropriate." Any changes made are minor and don't effect the story. They want to be known as a trusted source for books, that parents can confidently give their children to read or read to their families. (Words in quotes come from Salem Ridge Press newsletter)

The books we reviewed were all excellent and received rave reviews from my children. The books were easy to read and one of the books contained definitions of unfamiliar words at the bottom the pages.

The first book we read was Mary Jane Her Book. This is first in a series for children 6 years to 10 (but can be read aloud and enjoyed by younger, I am sure.) We loved this because it told of the adventures of a 5 year old. From watching ants, birds in a nest or story about her broken doll, my 6,7,8 year old BOYS, loved these stories.

The book my daughter read was Glaucia the Greek Slave she said it was very easy to read and she could not put it down. The story is about a tale in Athens in the first century. The book begins with historical notes which help you get focused on the historical setting. My daughter (15) said the story always points to Christ. She is looking forward to reading more books in this series.

In the last book, The White Seneca, the author, William Ganfield, tries to accurately portray Indians and to rid the reader of myths. The story is about a 15 year old, captured by the Seneca, who becomes one of them. Later he is captured by another tribe and must use the skills he learned from the Seneca to escape. What I liked is the story is told from the standpoint of Henry the main character telling back the story as he recalls it. I thought it was easy to read. My son (17) loved this book, and can't wait until he can read the second book.

Salem Ridge Press wants to be known as a family friendly publishing company, and from the books we read we feel comfortable recommending the company. We would trust that other books they publish would have the same high standards that these books have.

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