Month: November 2016

Journeys Through Bookland

On a recent visit to my parent’s home, I took possession of a collection of books that had originally been given to my grandfather. The collection is called Journeys Through Bookland and is a compilation of stories put together by Charles H. Sylvester. Several editions of the collection were published over the years; my collection was copyrighted in 1909 and came with an instructional book for parents. The stories in the books appear to start simple, for young children, with nursery rhymes, and gradually moves into more complex and difficult stories.

“This series of books is the result of earnest efforts to present to boys and girls the best literature in such a way that it will appeal to their imagination, enjoyment and inspiration.” – from the Preface to Book One by Charles H. Sylvester

Given the wear and tear on some of the books, it is obvious that several generations of children have enjoyed the stories contained on these pages. I thought I would share some selections with my readers. If you would like this as a regular feature, please let me know. There are a total of 10 volumes, so plenty of good stories to go around.


Daffy-Down-Dilly has come up to town

In a yellow petticoat and a green gown.


Five Little Pigs

This little pig went to market;

This little pig stayed at home;

This little pig had a bit of meat,

And this little pig had none;

This little pig said, “Wee, wee, wee!

I can’t find my way home.”


The Boys and the Frogs

Some boys were one day idling by the side of a pond, and whenever a Frog lifted its head from the water, the boys would pelt it with stones.

“Boys,” said a Frog, “this may be fun for you, but it is death for us.”

C.H.S. note: The old fables were written to teach a lesson of some kind, and it was usually stated in a “Moral” at the end of the fable. We do not need to be told the moral of this little piece, but it is a great deal bigger and broader than one might think. Many times we are stoning frogs when we play a practical joke on our friends, or frighten children younger than ourselves.

I will leave you now with these little morsels. If you would like to see more, let me know.

Happy Reading!




Mystery Book Review: “The Six Train to Wisconsin” by Kourtney Heintz

Mystery Book Review: “The Six Train to Wisconsin” by Kourtney Heintz

A mystery, a psychic, and a romance, all rolled into one really good story! Kai and Oliver are devoted to each other, but Kai is also a telepath and the voices in her head are making her suicidal. In a desperate attempt to save his wife from herself, Oliver kidnaps her and takes her to his family home in Wisconsin. But this won’t be a simple vacation for either of them. When Oliver’s past starts to catch up with him and a 4-year old boy goes missing, complicated secrets will be revealed and lives will be changed forever.

This book is the first in a series and that’s a good thing because I really enjoyed the story and the characters of Kai and Oliver. Their devotion to each other is inspiring and the romance comes off as an integral part of the story. Of course, the mystery was my favorite part and I just had to keep reading until I knew the whole story. The paranormal aspect added a nice twist and was seamlessly incorporated into the overall plot. Overall, this was a really enjoyable read and mystery, paranormal and romance lovers can all find something they like with this one.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

Thank you to NetGalley and Aurea Blue Press for a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy Reading!

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