I always enjoy finding new reading series for the kids and I to read together aloud. Recently, the kids and I have been enjoying reading Britfield & the Lost Crown written by C.R. Stewart and published by Devonfield Publishing.
About the Book
BRITFIELD & THE LOST CROWN (BOOK 1)Britfield & the Lost Crown is the first in a series that tells the tale of Tom, a twelve year old orphan
However, things are not easy. Detective Gowerstone is on the case to find them and return them to the orphanage and he has only ever not apprehended one person in his career. Relying on the generosity of others and a hot air balloon, the fugitive kids embark on a journey across the United Kingdom while trying to remain one step ahead of Gowerstone and avoid being returned to the orphanage.
This books is available in hardback, paperback, audiobook and digital format. Along with the story of friendship, family, loyalty and courage, readers are given small doses of British culture, English history, literature, art and architecture.
About the Author
Now based in San Diego, Mr. Stewart is a strong supporter of education and the arts. He sits on the Board of Horizon University, is an adjunct professor with the Fermanian School of Business at Point Loma Nazarene University, and is a past president of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Ballet.
We approached this book much different than we have other read aloud books. Typically, with our reading books, we simply read a chapter or two a day, finish the book and then move on to the next one.
However, Britfield & the Lost Crown made available a free 83 page downloadable 8 week study guide that can be used with students while reading the book and we decided to take advantage of this guide. While it means reading at a much slower pace and left wondering what happens next, it has been worth it.
Using the study guide, we have gone thru the book at a pace of roughly two chapters per week. We read aloud from the book, and then we work on the pages of the study guide.
The Study guide contains vocabulary activities, puzzles, geography, comprehension questions and more. Using the study guide has led to learn about things such as government run orphanages and how it has been replaced instead with the foster care system, what are nautical miles and why is it used in aviation, and various locations in the United Kingdom.
The guide has also provided a platform for the kids to want to explore and learn about other things in the book. For example, one chapter described various universities that Tom and Sarah run past or spend time at The kids were disappointed that there wasn't a "Going Deeper" or "Learning More" section about those locations. So, we spent that day researching some of the various constituent colleges of Oxford that were mentioned, such as Magdalen College, Queen's College, University College as well as some of the mentioned landmarks such as the memorial for Percy Shelley and St John's Quad. The book's website had lots of information about the different locations along with lots of other information pertaining to the book.
Another day we spent watching Youtube videos of how hot air balloons operate and learning about the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival held every October.
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Since we are using the study guide and moving at a slower page, we're not finished with the book just yet. But I have no doubt that the remainder of the book will be just as good as the first 12 chapters.
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