Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Summer Reading with Imagination Station

I was first introduced to the new Imagination Station book series in April during my Birthday Bash.  My 9yr. old daughter has loved these books! So when the next two books showed up in the mail, she couldn’t wait to start reading---and that’s saying something for this particular child of mine. :)
Book three in the Imagination Station series is Peril in the Palace. In this book, the Imagination machine takes cousins Beth and Patrick back to China during the reign of Kublai Khan. They meet up with Marco Polo and end up face to face with Kublai Kahn, who doesn’t appreciate their gifts nor their Christian message.  The cousins are locked up with no way to escape. How will they ever find that golden tablet needed to help Albert?

Book 4 brings the cousins to 15th century England where they finally meet Albert—the person they are trying to rescue. Set during the War of the Roses in England, Revenge of the Red Knight will teach readers about the Crusades, the integrity of knights and the vows they took, and why men would choose to risk their lives to fight for Christianity.

The Imagination Station series is geared toward kids 7yrs. and up. The series features the virtual reality device called The Imagination Stations. Only Mr. Whittaker knows how this machine works, but by pushing a button, it launches users back in to time. Each book contains historical facts and Christian truths. The series is written by Paul McCusker and Marianne Hering.
While I am committed to books as a storytelling medium, I think all storytelling should not only entertain but also communicate truth, “ says Hering. “One of the taglines for this series is, “The key to adventure lies within your imagination.” I’d like kids to read these books and have their imaginations revved up so that they become the next generation of storytellers”
One fun component of the books is solving the riddle at the end of the book. By solving, you get a secret code to add on the website which unlocks a freebie. These books are a great fit for children just getting into chapter books, make a good read-aloud for those a little younger, and are a nice supplement to history studies.
Are you interested in getting a set for your summer reading? Well I have one to give away!
Giveaway Rules:  CLOSED
Tyndale House is giving one of you both of these books, Peril in the Palace and Revenge of the Red Knight. (U.S./Canada only) Giveaway open from 6/1 to 6/10 CLOSED
Mandatory Entry: If you could go in the Imagination Station time-machine, where would you go and why?
1. Extra entry: Share this giveaway on Twitter “ Summer Reading with The Imagination Station Giveaway @SpellOutloud
Please leave a comment below for each entry and make sure there is a way for me to contact you. The winner will be picked by and will have 3 days to get back to me once contacted.

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Blogger Stef Layton said...

Entry #1 - I would love to go to Ancient Greece, although I would have nothing to do as a woman - but to see it, like Magic Tree House or something!

June 1, 2011 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Stef Layton said...

Entry #2 - tweeted it ! THANKS!!

June 1, 2011 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Radtke Customs said...

I would love to go to settle America. To see how those women did it all compared to how we live today.

June 1, 2011 at 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow what a wonderful set of books, they kinda remind me of the Magic Tree House however with Christian Truths!! I would love to go to Italy, however China would be awesome too!!

June 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also shared on twitter(it will also post to my fb) thanks so much! kevinkaylaarrowood123 at yahoo dot com

June 1, 2011 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger The Adlers said...

I would love to go to Ancient Rome or Greece. My son loves these books!

June 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger awjmgmom said...

I asked my 10 yr old as he would be the recipient of the books (HE LOVES Adventures in Odyssey!) He wants to go back to Bethlehem when Jesus was born. He thinks it would be neat to experience Jesus birth at that time. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win and for sharing ! (mva dot gehrke at sbcglobal dot net)

June 1, 2011 at 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Corina said...

My son would love these! I'm not sure where I would go, probably Jesus' time, just to see Him and understand more of how life was like then.

June 1, 2011 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

LOVE this giveaway! If I could go somewhere in the Imagination Station, I might go to 15th century Germany/Europe. It would be humbling to witness the Reformers at work and "thrilling" to see the intrigue involved against them! Thank you!

June 1, 2011 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I shared this giveaway on Twitter and Facebook! :)

June 1, 2011 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger Ktribe said...

OO Good question.. I think the 1800's but only if had booku money.. and got to wear those pretty dresses....although I don't think that era bathed much.. So on that note I will go to the the Roaring 20's.. although on 3rd thought it would have been neat to see what the Apostle Paul was really like. 8-D Can I take a sampling from each year??


June 1, 2011 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger WildIrishRose33 said...

Hmmm.... this is a tough question because I always find eras I'd like to visit when I'm reading books or watching movies. First would probably be Regency era England. Like in Pride & Prejudice. I know real life was definitely not like that book but... I'd like to think that chivalry was still alive and well during that period. Things were much simpler then it seems. Or at least difficult in a simpler way if that makes sense.
Or medieval England. I've never understood why for that one, however. Again, I know real life is nothing like what you read in books or see in movies... but to see the landscapes and the castles.
I've always believed I was born in the wrong time period. LoL.
Great giveaway! I'm a new visitor to your blog!

June 1, 2011 at 10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to go to a Tropical Island with a hammock and a cold drink for a day. I am sure thats the longest I could leave my kids.

June 2, 2011 at 12:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


June 2, 2011 at 12:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been doing a "reading through the Bible" for my QT this year and I just finished reading about King Solomon building the Temple of the Lord. I sat there as I read and tried to imagine what it must have looked liked. So I think it would be so neat to travel back in time and see just how great this temple was and to also hear King Solomon's great wisdom.

The other thing would be to go back during Jesus' time.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Nancy at

June 2, 2011 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Good question! I think I'd like to go back to ancient Greece, just to see what things were like. That time period has always interested me!

jberrec at gmail dot com

June 2, 2011 at 9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Tweeted:!/MERodgers/status/76373204108718080

marcee dot rodgers at gmail dot com

June 2, 2011 at 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to go back to the 1920's!
marcee dot rodgers at gmail dot com

June 2, 2011 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger CannonMama said...

I would go to Ancient Egypt! I've always been fascinated by Egypt, married a guy who shares my fascination, and already my two oldest kids are on the same track-we're total history nerds! :)

June 3, 2011 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger CannonMama said...

Tweeted it! :)

June 3, 2011 at 2:46 PM  

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