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How’s September treating you so far? We’ve had a busy time over at Learning Resource Directory the past few weeks—I ran out of scheduled book reviews, and had to upload more! No big problem; Mom has been faithfully keeping me well stocked with new reads, and I had reviewed several new books as well, so it was just a matter of putting more up.

Now I’m safe until the middle of December, which is great, because my brother and I are taking a six-week trip starting in November, and I don’t want you to be bookless over that time!

Alright, here’s today’s article.

How Books Have Helped Me Appreciate Other Cultures

This evening, while talking about some Filipino friends Dad works with, I had a startling discovery. I’d noticed it before—but never gave it a whole lot of thought.

I love hearing about other culture’s ways of doing things.

Not very glamorous, I know, but to me it was very interesting.

For years, I’ve been blessed to have books to read that included many different cultures and people groups. I’ve heard—or read—novels based all around the world, from Connecticut, USA to Vietnam, and Siberia to Poland and New Zealand.

(Sorry, advertisement time. I’ll be right back after I play that bird song hero game.)

Recent Updates:

Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express Picture

We have new books up!

Favorite book this month:
It is really hard to find a favorite this month, because so many are childhood favorites, ones I begged to hear again over and over. However, since I can only have one, I’ll choose…
I really have no idea how often I’ve been read this book. This was a top favorite back in the day when Mom used to read a book to each of us children before naptime (in retrospect, perhaps it was a way to make nap time a bit more agreeable?). Adventures have obviously always thrilled me, and your children will love this story as well.

More new books to check out:

The Adventures of Peter Cottontail

A Boy of Two Worlds

The Story About Ping


The Eagle of the Ninth

Ten Boys Who Made History

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: In the Midst of Wickedness

Gladys Aylward: No Mountain Too High

The Silver Branch

The Boxcar Children

Ian and the Gigantic Leafy Obstacle

Sojourner Truth: American Abolitionist

The Lantern Bearers

Dolphin Adventure

You Are There Bible Adventures

Granny Han’s Breakfast

There’s an Owl in the Shower

Flame Over Tara

Blueberries for Sal

Reading, Art, and Guilt — a Guest Post (blog post)

New blog posts!

My favorite post:
Mom’s guest post certainly hit home for me this month. Do you struggle with guilt over not doing enough for your children? Or not being able to measure up to other people’s standards? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, this post is for you!

Other posts this month:

Why Your Children’s Homemade Videos are Important

Midweek Mix-Up #10—Science Fiction and a Free Motivating Chrome Extension

Why Purposeful Families are Important

Midweek Mix-Up #11: A Great Revolution-Era Book, and Productivity Printables

Midweek Mix-Up #12: World War II, Pessimism, and Free History Videos

On Why We Like a Good Villain

Bird Song Hero: The Song Learning Game for Everyone

Learning Link of the Month:

Bird Song Hero: The Song Learning Game for Everyone
a fun way to learn to identify bird songs

This is an entertaining challenge! First, this video is an overview of the game, and a great way to practice the skills. Then in the game itself (found here), you are given a bird song, and then you can listen to it as many times as you like before matching it with the correct spectrogram visualization. There are two levels to play—Challenge, and Ultimate. This game is a great way to do science, and is lots of fun for a family to do together.

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Each of those “living” stories, I believe, taught me how to appreciate other cultures for who they are, what they believe, and how they do things.

For example—with our Filipino friends, they usually carry loads on their shoulders (as opposed to with both hands, in front of them). I found that fascinating—owing, I’m sure, to the fact that all the books I’ve been exposed to taught me to appreciate that difference.

I’m not perfect—far from it. I still do my fair share of nit-picking at the ways other people do things. But I am thankful that I’ve had the chance to experience other cultures through good books.

What do you think—have books helped you appreciate other cultures, too?

So what does your last half of September look like? I’m looking at making some videos with my brothers—more on that later. Also, perhaps squeezing in some sewing projects and school.

Have a great rest of the month! I’ll leave you with a quote that Mom and I really enjoyed:

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” — Dorothy Parker

Couldn’t be said better.

Stay curious, and keep serving the Lord!

Esther Filbrun