I’m hung up on Knights and Castles with my son but it’s paying off. He’s been running around the house with a foam sword for the last week, asking me what is fair fighting material and what isn’t. The rules we’ve established are: 1. No fighting with girls and 2. No fighting unarmed men. It isn’t honorable. (These rules are beneficial to mommy and daddy at various times.) Being that I like the idea of knighthood, I’m always on the lookout for books that boys can really get into that will engage them in the idea of honorable knighthood. I was delighted to find a couple of books by Silver Dolphin that really engage the mind and imagination.
The History in Action: Medieval Castle book is downright awesome. It comes with two knights and a little castle play structure that the kids can decorate and play with little cut-out figures (similar to paper dolls). The cardboard quality of the cut-outs is such that they would be rather hard to destroy. The book that is included with the kit tells you about life in the castle and about the various cut-out pieces that are provided for play. The book tells you how to build the scene and the history behind the castle and the various characters you can find therein. This is a fantastic kit-book which encourages young minds to build, explore and learn. I highly recommend it.
The second book is called Explore Within a Medieval Castle and it includes a plastic castle that you can take apart as you learn the different parts of the castle. This book focuses on various castle designs (both inside and out), famous castles, and life habits for the people inside. If you leave the castle intact within the book, as you turn the pages, it exposes the parts of the castle layer by layer. I would recommend not handing this book over to a two year old if you would like the castle to remain part of the book. However, you can easily stack the pieces and learn the castle apart from the book if any event occurs which removes the castle. (Ahem.)
It is also important to note that this book is only available for a limited period of time so if you are interested in grabbing a copy, do so soon!
It’s Wednesday, and that means “giveaway.” So in the meantime, Silver Dolphin as graciously and generously agreed to give away a copy of each of these books to TWO different people. In order to win the set, please leave a comment below. The contest is open to U.S. Residents only. We’ll announce the winner on April 1.
We have two winners from last week. The winner of According to Their Deeds is #68 Hesper Fry.
The winner of A Promise For Spring is #51 Gina Stratos.
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Carrie comes by her book and holiday obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know.