I always liked History when I was in school, but I know it’s not the most exciting subject for many kids (and adults!).
Heirloom Audio Productions has found a way to put a little bit of fun into the subject of history!
We have recently had the opportunity to review their newest audio adventure called With Lee in Virginia.
We used to listen to stories on CD quite a bit when my oldest two kids were younger. They loved them. Then, at some point, they decided they didn’t like them anymore. I think it’s when we began listening to a few that were more educational than they were entertaining. My kids then saw it as “school” and didn’t enjoy it.
Due to that, I was a bit apprehensive in checking out this audio story. I really don’t like writing bad reviews. Especially when it’s not really the product, but more that it just didn’t fit well with our family.
I’m happy to report that my kids actually LIKED it!!!!
My 7 year old, whom has not listened to many audio stories, because her siblings decided they didn’t like them anymore, really liked it. She was listening intently and kept saying, “I like this story!”.
On that note, though, there is a scene right at the beginning that I didn’t really enjoy her hearing. In that scene, a slave’s “master” is whipping her badly. And she has a baby with her and the baby is crying. It sounds awful. And, I realize that in history, it was awful and it really did happen. But I’m the type of parent that doesn’t tell my kids about that kind of thing until they get a bit older. Hopefully, it didn’t really sink in what was happening in that scene.
The great part about that scene (and the story, in general) is that it shows kids that in times of slavery in the United States, there were those slave owners whom treated their slaves extremely poorly, BUT there were also those that treated them like family. And the slaves considered the owners family, as well. Does that make it right to own a human being? Absolutely not… but at least it shows my kids that in the face of something so evil as owning a person, they can still make decisions that will honor the person as much as possible.
Anyway, for the most part, it was fine for my youngest. If you are strict about when your children are taught about the horrible parts of our history, then you might use caution with the younger ones.
Overall, the story has wonderful qualities. It teaches of bravery, faith, loyalty, patriotism, humanity (the good and the bad), and honor.
We travel with a fifteen-year-old boy named Vincent along his journey of going into the army and fighting in the Civil war. He fights side by side with Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and we learn how he got that name. And, of course, as the name implies, he fought with General Robert E. Lee.
General Lee is shown to have great faith in God and duty to his country. This inspires Vincent and helps him to have courage he didn’t know he had.
This story is told so well and brings to life this time in history in a way the my “non audio story loving” children enjoyed!
I’m happy we had a chance to review this so my kids could see that not all audio stories are boring. And that if we listen to a story that we also happen to learn something from, that’s okay!
Thank you, Heirloom Audio Productions, for bringing the love of listening to stories back into our home!
Information at a glance:
What is it? An audio adventure called With Lee in Virginia.
For whom? ages 6 to adult
How much is it? $29.97 plus shipping and handling for the 2 CD set and MP3 download (There are other options as well, to get the CD and the study materials and other goodies.)