Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Salem Ridge Press

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." ~  Phillippians 4:8

These words are the underlying philosophy of this publishing company. Daniel Mills is the founder of  Salem Ridge Press.  He is a homeschooling graduate living in Pennsylvania.   His great love of both homeschooling and the Lord have led him to this endeavor.  His goal is to make wholesome, well written books available to families at a time when godly character and moral values are difficult to come by.

Salem Ridge Press has been choosing works of old literature, mainly from the late 1800's and early 1900's, and finding the ones that meet their very strict code of standards.   Then they carefully go over each work, making edits.  These edits, while slight, are the reason that parents can be sure that any of their titles will be suitable for family reading.  Once they are satisfied with the content of word and illustration, the copy is republished and ready for sale.

There are many titles available.  I was given three to read.  Young Robin Hood, Down the Snow Stairs, and Soldier Fritz and the Enemies he Fought. Each story was quite different, but the common thread in each was that there was a good moral lesson to be taught, and reality was not sugar coated.  Young Robin Hood learns that a man should be judged by his behavior, and how he treats others.  Little Kitty struggles with being obedient.  Fritz, inspired by Martin Luther, is tried and tested.   He finds that at times, he has only his faith to rely on.  As a Catholic, I did not read this one aloud to my boys, because they might not understand some of the material.   I did find that the stories are engaging, and will keep young readers waiting to see what happens next.

Because these republished tales are old, the language used reflects the different time periods.  This makes the stories very well suited for reading aloud with the family.  It provides a chance to discuss the meanings of unfamiliar vocabulary,  as well as the differences and similarities seen when comparing the lives of the characters to our own.

If you are interested in perusing the titles available, you may want to visit the website where you can browse by title, author, time period, or by which aged child  the book is suited for.  There is also a sidebar menu which will allow you to navigate the site, learn more about the founders, the philosophy, and the books.

These books are suitable for children ages 6 and up.  All titles come in paperback and are available to purchase from the site.  They are priced from $10.95 - $18.95.  Some are available in hardcover for $10.00 more, and a couple may be bought in clothbound versions for $24.95 -$28.95.  (US dollars, at the time of this post)  They are printed in easy to read font on acid free paper.   They may also be purchased as EBooks for $7.95 -$12.95 per title.

I was given the three titles to read in exchange for posting my honest opinion of the the company here on my blog, and sharing this post a a member of The Old SchoolHouse Crew..