I recently reviewed the Sugar Creek Gang audio series from Beloved Books and we loved it. Our kids listened to this for hours! This is our first audio series to own and it has been a real treat. (Especially considering I had been challenged recently by Sally Clarkson during an audio workshop to have materials like this on hand for children whether you homeschool or not!).
The Sugar Creek Gang books were written by Paul Hutchens, a Baptist evangelist whose evangelism ministry was cut short sometime after 1925 when he contracted tuberculosis. It was after that that he began writing The Sugar Creek Gang books and it is directly from these that the audio version is read.
These stories were originally recorded for radio by Paul Ramseyer who was the narrator and producer for this series.
The Sugar Creek Gang takes place during one-room schoolhouse days and is about a group of young boys who are all friends and the daily adventures that life takes them on. The simpleness of days gone by is refreshing to hear about and it thrills this Momma's soul to hear the Gospel so clearly woven into these stories. It is a blessing to have our children hear how these boys and their families lived their faith out.
These CDs are particularly interesting to our children because the adventures always included fishing, swimming or life on the farm--all things that our children love hearing about.
The kids are always eager to listen to more of this. I have a feeling we'll be needing to get subsequent volumes someday. (There are 6 in all.) That means hours and hours of great story time for you and your children! We love to listen to ours during breakfast and lunch or while we're just working in the kitchen.
Each volume in The Sugar Creek Gang retails for $54.95. Volume 1 includes the following stories: The Swamp Robber, The Killer Bear, The Winter Rescue, The Lost Campers, The Chicago Adventure and The Secret Hideout. There are 12 CDs in each volume and I believe an hour's worth of listening time on each CD.
If you'd like to sample the story first, you may purchase one story here for $4.95 and it includes free shipping.
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Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.